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“Hamlet at the Forest Theater was fantastic!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carmel's Forest Theater

Carmel's Forest Theater
Ranked #23 of 108 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.
Sunnyvale, California
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“Hamlet at the Forest Theater was fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

The theater itself is stunning and the seating is intimate. I loved the set design and
John Barrymore III as Hamlet was brilliant. It was such a thrill to see so many talented
actors on the stage giving great performances. It was one of the best theater
experiences I've ever had. There is a good mixture of comedy and drama
in this production. It's a must see! I must give credit to Cristiana DiPietro as Ophelia,
Ami Suzanne Lawless as Gertrude and Larry Welch who did Polonius as well as a
Gravedigger brilliantly. This is a must see!!! Get your tickets and don't miss it.
John Barrymore III puts a unique spin on the character of Hamlet and makes it fresh.
The swordfights are very well done. Go see this one!!

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Theater beautiful, production needs work.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We attended the opening of Hamlet. The theater was beautiful. Fires burning in the fireplaces aside the stage made for an enchanted setting. The only problem was the acting. To be sure this is community theater but then don't try something ambitious as hamlet. Some actors were good for example Polonius and Hamlet. Others seemed to be reading from cue cards.

Visited July 2013
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Carmel, California
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“like stepping back in time - theater in the trees”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Forest Theater is an outdoor theater surrounded by tall Monterey pine trees. A nice intimate theater - great for the occasional movie showing or live play or musical. Founded in 1910 it was one of the earliest ampitheaters in the West. Currently run by a non-profit organization it has continued a long tradition of community theater. Highly recommend it - just make sure you dress warmly and bring a pillow to sit on.

Visited November 2012
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Carmel Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beauiful and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

This was really a wonderful experience for the whole family. Such a wonderful way to spend an evening. Having the kids in their pj's is a great idea and they just fall into bed afterwards

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Quite dissapointing...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

It's quite a walk to get there from the main street and it's actually just a little open theatre with benches in a middle of forest...

Visited March 2012
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