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Your Guide to Watching Shakespeare This Summer

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By Chelsee Lowe

When June rolls around, outdoor amphitheaters and green hills throughout the city become stages for local acting troupes. This summer there is no shortage of opportunities to see live performances of Shakespeare.

The free Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival kicks off June 28 and ends September 2. This summer they are running three productions: “A Winter’s Tale,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “The Comedy of Errors.” Shows start at 7 pm Thursday through Sunday; check out the program's calendar here. Though there is a snack bar, you’re allowed to bring your own picnic (but no booze). There are no seats, so blankets and sweaters are recommended. Don’t forget to give a small donation on your way out so that this great community program can continue.

The Archway Theater in the downtown Arts District is running their own nontraditional interpretation of "Richard III" from now until June 24th. Actors will be painting on stage, so be ready for a slightly different version than what you might have been used to. Tickets are $15, and you can reserve tickets on their website.

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Nothing says summer like Shakespeare by the Sea. From now until August 11, be sure to catch “The Two Gentleman of Verona” or “Romeo and Juliet” at one of the company’s 22 locations around the Los Angeles area. Find a site near you (even if you don't live by the sea).

The Shakespeare Center Los Angeles will be presenting "As You Like It" in the beautiful Japanese Garden at the VA West LA Healthcare Center. Director Kenn Saberton hails from the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. Actors Tessa Thompson from "Veronica Mars" and Peter Cambor from "NCIS: Los Angeles" star in the production. The show runs from July 10th through the 29th and tickets start at $25. For more information visit the Shakespeare Center website.