An affordable and relaxing date night idea in Los Angeles County is attending a performance of Shakespeare by the Sea.
Quality Shakespeare productions in a park setting at dusk create a delightful summertime experience. My wife and I have attended performances for the past three years. We pack a cooler with snacks and drinks, take along folding chairs or a blanket and enjoy a show.
For 2013, we saw All’s Well that Ends Well in Glenoaks Park in Glendale and King John in Altadena’s Farnsworth Park.
Here are the reasons we enjoy seeing Shakespeare by the Sea performances.
We’ve seen performances in La Crescenta, Glendale, and Altadena and enjoy the trees and open space without having to fight and pay for parking.
Playgrounds are close to the performances we’ve attended so entertaining a child during intermission is easy rather than worrying about them cooped up in a closed setting.
Street parking is available at the venues we’ve attended. Be prepared to walk at least 200 hundred yards to 400 yards from car to the location.
Exploring New Neighborhoods
The parks have been in areas where we normally don’t travel or visit so it’s nice to explore new areas along the foothills.
Free Admission, Low Cost Donation
Free is great when you also enjoy the quality of acting. Shakespeare by the Sea is a nonprofit organization that works with local art councils and relies heavily on private donations.
There is no “hard sell” for donations or raffle tickets but we usually donate. It’s still less than the cost of a high priced movie ticket.
Merchandise sales also supports the organization.
The acting we’ve seen is high quality. The actors make a major commitment to be part of the summer schedule. Not only do they rehearse and perform, but they also set up and tear down.
The costumes are designed well and it’s amazing how a makeshift stage with minimal set design can spark the imagination.
Shakespeare by the Sea performances are a fit for couples on a date, families with older children and groups of several people like small groups from church or school.
I recommend looking up summaries of the plays before attending to aid in following along with the story. Programs are available at the shows and this helps as well.
Younger children will likely not be able to follow the entire plot and understand the dialogue since close adherence is paid to the original writings.
In a park, though, they can lounge and enjoy the scenery or play on the playground equipment.
The shows are typically around two hours long with an intermission that’s about 15-minutes.
Shakespeare by the Sea makes for a nice summer outing and either a cheap date or an affordable time for the family.
Click here for the Shakespeare by the Sea web site.