“Nestled in a new home in a eucalyptus grove, it’s one of the few remaining true repertory companies in the U.S.”  – SF Gate

“SCS is one of the 5 best summer theaters in the Bay Area” – San Jose Mercury

2019 Season Performances


SCS plans to captivate audiences for its sixth season as an independent nonprofit theatre with summer performances that will offer comedic thrills, mystic revelations and modern twists. The festival starts with an off-beat and unique adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill with performances beginning July 9 and directed by returning director Paul Mullins (previously Hamlet, The 39 Steps, and last season’s Love’s Labour’s Lost). The second mainstage production is Shakespeare’s zany showdown The Comedy of Errors starting July 23, directed by locally acclaimed director Kirsten Brandt, (previously The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2014 and Macbeth, 2015). The festival’s final repertory production starting August 6 will be Shakespeare’s romantic pastoral The Winter’s Tale directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges (Venus in Fur, 2018) and featuring renown Shakespearean actor Ian Merrill Peakes as King Leontes. All productions run in repertory after opening. Santa Cruz Shakespeare will also continue the tradition of showcasing the season’s intern acting company with its celebratory Fringe production, an SCS world premiere of The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, directed by Dash Waterbury.

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Santa Cruz Shakespeare (SCS) is a nationally recognized theatre company that matches unparalleled professional performances with unparalleled outdoor beauty in the heart of Santa Cruz. Guests to Santa Cruz Shakespeare are welcome to come early to the show, pack a picnic, bring wine, beer, and take in the scenery. Santa Cruz Shakespeare is the only outdoor theatre company with sweeping views of the Monterey Bay.


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