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“Most Pleasant Surprise Ive had on Vacation”

Carmel's Forest Theater
Ranked #22 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.
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Most Pleasant Surprise Ive had on Vacation”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

How is anyone saying this is not one of the most wonderful experiences in theater you could have????? My boyfriend and I were wandering through Carmel on a little vacation and spotted a sign saying that there was a play in town. When we got here it was the most amazing little experience ever. Not only was it really unique to sit outside and in the woods enjoying snacks and hot tea, but tickets were CHEAP, the production was AMAZING (especially for being in the middle of the woods) and we were in disbelief. This is definitely a MUST SEE when in Carmel. I'm planning a vacation with my parents and this is DEFINITELY one of our stops :) DONT FORGET BLANKETS!!!!! lol - we almost froze to death but still didn't complain :D

Visited July 2013
1 Thank LinetA123
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Sunnyvale, California
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Hamlet at the Forest Theater was fantastic!”
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
2 Thank Margiana123
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Theater beautiful, production needs work.”
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
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“like stepping back in time - theater in the trees”
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
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beauiful and fun”
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
Thank Tricia B
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