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“Shakespeare in the forest”

Carmel's Forest Theater
Ranked #24 of 110 things to do in Carmel
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Owner description: PacRep at the Forest Theatre - annual family musical (Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, etc.), and traditional Shakespeare Festival under the stars at one of the oldest outdoor theatres on the west coast Historic theatre dating to 1910 and early stage used by the Carmel 'bohemians' that started the city's theatre movement. Shakespeare Festival includes repertory productions at PacRep's Golden Bough Playhouse and the Circle Theatre.
Troy, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Shakespeare in the forest”
Reviewed October 28, 2011

Great production of Romeo and Juliet among the pines, with the smell of wood smoke and the stars overhead. Highlight recommend this for theater lovers.

Visited October 2011
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Hampton, Virginia
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“We lucked out with perfect weather for this rustic, outdoor theater's performance of Willy Wonka”
Reviewed September 2, 2010

Our group of 6 had a great experience at this gorgeous, if not uncomfortable, outdoor theater that is a pillar of the community of Carmel by the Sea. The cast was a combination of professional actors and amateur theater enthusiasts, which made for an endearing performance of this classic. The set and costume designers are to be commended as well. The playbills come and go, but the theater has just celebrated its 100th anniversary of entertaining this community. If you go, and you really should, do bring something cushy to sit on. You can bring a picnic or chinese carry out, anything you want! If you're not prepared with food and drink, you can buy snacks, candy and even wine reasonably priced at the little concession stand. I cant' wait to go back.

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Pebble Beach
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“Forest Theater the quintessential Carmel experience”
Reviewed May 4, 2006

Carmel boasts the oldest continuing outdoor theater west of the Rockies. Founded in 1910 by Carmel's bohemian citizens, the Forest Theater sits in a natural ampitheater surrounded by mature pines, and there is not a bad seat in the place. Volunteers stoke up the two fireplaces before each performance creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. Soon, the magic begins as the orchestra warms up and another wonderful performance begins under the stars.

Bring your picnic, blanket and a bottle of wine and settle in for a lovely evening. If you don't want to bother with a picnic, food and refreshments are available for sale. We see each play we can and often return to share the experiece with friends.

The Forest Theater is especially appealling to families. I've watched children spellbound as they experience their first live performance in a kid friendly environment.

They also offer a Films in the Forest program. You get the same great atmosphere, but watch classic films instead of a play.

Mostly, the Forest Theater productions are attended by locals, as not many out of towners have discovered this treasure.

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