"You won't find a more spectacular venue for live theater than
Cal Shakes' Bruns Amphitheater in the Orinda hills." —Diablo Magazine


Welcome Center at the Bruns

Questions, enthusiasm, or feedback? We're here for you.

The Welcome Center, located on the plaza at the Bruns, is here to make your visit to the theater as enjoyable as possible.

Ask what's happening with Cal Shakes, who's giving the Grove Talk, or just say hi.

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Special Events



Opening Nights



Triangle Lab Events

Fridays in the Grove

Tasting Nights

Educator Night


Inside Scoop

Pre-performance Grove Talks

Meet the Artists

Insight Matinees

Check the events calendar for up-to-date information on artists and performers.


Be part of the process by seeing the show before opening night at deeply discounted prices.

Twelfth Night—Weds, May 27, Thurs, May 28, and Fri, May 29
Life Is a Dream—Weds, July 8, Thurs, July 9, and Fri, July 10
The Mystery of Irma Vep—Weds, August 12, Thurs, August 13, and Fri, August 14
King Lear—Weds, September 16, Thurs, September 17, and Fri, September 18


The first Preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available by calling the day of the show

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (Twelfth Night)
• Wednesday, July 8, 2015 (Life Is a Dream)
• Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (The Mystery of Irma Vep)
• Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (King Lear)

To purchase Pay-What-You-Can tickets on day of show, call 510.548.9666 or visit the Bruns Amphitheater Box Office at 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. Tickets on sale from 6:00 pm. Supply is limited. Showtime: 8:00 pm.

Opening Night

Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.

Twelfth NightMay 30
Life Is a DreamJuly 11
The Mystery of Irma Vep August 15
King LearSeptember 19

Grove Talks

On-site at our Theater 45 minutes prior to each performance, our resident Grove Talk speakers provide invaluable insight into our work as they discuss the relationship between play (text, history, critical theory) and production (directorial point of view, design, character interpretation). Talks are approximately 20 minutes long.
Listen to previous Grove Talks online.

Meet the Artists

This post-show discussion series provides an opportunity to discuss the plays with production cast members. The Meet the Artists series immediately follows select 4pm Sunday matinees and is free and open to the public.

Twelfth NightSunday, May 31 and June 14
Life Is a DreamSunday, July 12 and July 26
The Mystery of Irma Vep Sunday, August 16 and 30
King LearSunday, September 20 and October 4

InSight Matinees

Performances followed by a conversation with the dramaturg exploring the world of the play. InSight takes place in the Bruns Amphitheater immediately following select 4pm Sunday matinee and is free and open to the public.

Twelfth NightSunday, June 7
Life Is a DreamSunday, July 19
The Mystery of Irma Vep Sunday, August 23
King LearSunday, September 27

Educator Night

Join us for an in-depth look at how you can bring William Shakespeare to life in your classroom! Click here for more about Educator Night.

King LearThursday, September 17

Open-Captioned Performances

Cal Shakes is proud to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2015 productions. Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.

Twelfth NightWednesday, June 3
Life Is a DreamWednesday, July 15
The Mystery of Irma VepWednesday, August 19
King LearWednesday, September 23

If you’d like to attend open-captioned performances, please contact our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or boxoffice@calshakes.org and ask to purchase seats in the open-captioned seating section, or purchase tickets for section A online.

Tasting Nights

Taste the best of the Bay Area’s wine, beer, coffee, sweets, and savories for free! Our free tastings feature one or two purveyors per night, and take place on the Sue & George Bruns Plaza before every Tuesday performance beginning at 6pm and continuing until curtain time (7:30pm).

Twelfth NightTuesday June 2, 9, 16
Life Is a DreamTuesday July 14, 21, 28
The Mystery of Irma VepTuesday August 18, 25, Sept 1
King LearTuesday Sept 22, 29, October 6

Inside Scoop Series

Our popular Inside Scoops are back at the Orinda Library.
Our Inside Scoop series give you unprecedented access to the story behind the stage—with actors, directors, playwrights, and creative staff answering your questions in a live, hosted Q&A.

Our Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly facilitates these lively discussions between directors, artists, and other key artisans from our main stage productions. As always, we’ll begin at 7pm, with complimentary sweet treats and Peet’s Coffee & Tea available beginning at 6:30pm.

Monday, May 11Twelfth Night, directed by Christopher Liam Moore
Monday, June 22Life is a Dream, directed by Loretta Greco
Monday, July 27The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone
Monday, August 31King Lear, directed by Amanda Dehnert

Triangle Lab Events

Whether it's spontaneous dance shows, Circus Arts lessons or performances from youth and community organizations, Triangle Lab sponsors unique, diverse events for people of all ages.