Venue Details

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038
323-469-1181
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 97 members
Review from Karen I.
49 events 37 reviews

I loved the play, the performers, and the setting was terrific. It's a must see for a lovely summer's evening.

reviewed Aug 10 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Grace A. Gonzales
142 events 27 reviews

I took my daughter and we loved it. It was delightfully funny and the acting was so enjoyable. I would reccomend to everyone and I can't wait to go again.

reviewed Aug 12 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from AJ
41 events 19 reviews

Awesome venue, great setting, talented actors, funny very entertaining play plus being outside on a beautiful summer night drinking champagne and picnicing in the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetary. What a hoot! A great way to wrap up the summer. I...continued

reviewed Aug 24 2007 report as inappropriate
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New York may have “Shakespeare in the Park,” but Angelenos will now have a new way to experience the Bard’s work as the Hollywood Forever Cemetery present Shakespeare’s classics in their park every summer. Audiences are invited to arrive early, bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic dinner to enjoy.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is unique among Shakespeare’s comedies. Combining elements of farce and the romantic comedies of his later years, Shakespeare created a wildly magical and mercurial play, possibly his first true masterpiece. The piece was likely created for a court wedding, attended by Elizabeth I, Queen of England. As such, Midsummer is a play within a play, watched by the members of the court represented on stage watching Quince, Bottom and their band of lowly craftsmen weave a play of “tragical mirth,” as Shakespeare comments on the politics of the realm and his own profession.

The setting is Athens, but this production imagines an Athens embraced by the magic and mirth of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Who can say what will become of the lovers as they travel through the forest, caught in the dark spell of midnight, madness and love?

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