Shakespeare Youth Festival


March 9th through March 31st, 2019
All performances are held at the Lyric Theatre – 520 N. La Brea, Los Angeles 90036 (map)

As You Like It

Two worlds…Power-hungry Duke Frederick runs his kingdom on paranoia and mistrust – his reign is dark and oppressive. His brother, Duke Senior fled that world (to save his life), but left his daughter behind. When the two Dukes’ daughters, along with their trusty jester, escape to follow him to the Forest of Arden, it’s like they’ve landed in Oz – they discover a colorful Carnival of eccentric artists just looking to love and be loved!

Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm
Sunday, March
10 at 2 pm
Saturday, March 16 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm



You have probably not seen Cymbeline, and if you have, you have NEVER seen our Cracked Fairy Tale Version, complete with a two-foot high Storybook and all sorts of other surprises. Mistaken identity? Of course. Girls dressed as boys? Duh. Long lost family members reuniting? Aren’t there always? Young love torn apart by class issues? Hello?! Machiavellian tricksters? Goes without saying. Epic Battles? Um, yeah …Jupiter descending from Olympus in the last act last to lay it out? Have you met Shakespeare?!

Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 pm


Henry IV

Henry IV (One and Two) is so much more than a History Play – it’s really a Humanity Play: a day in the life of the Haves and Have Nots, a King’s regrets from his sickbed, Good Son/Errant Son/Redeemed Son, a Father’s Cowardice, a Son’s Overcompensation, Substitute Families, the funny, bittersweet antics of Pub Life… and those Spell-Casting, Tree-Hugging Welsh…come on! Our Elder Players (age 14-17) are by now, quite excellent at this stuff, as some have been at it since age six. Come witness these young masters – for some, it will be their last performance with LADC before heading off to college.

Saturday, March 23 at 12 noon
Sunday, March 24 at 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm