2016: Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy!


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

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.

Much Ado About Nothing—Weds, May 25, Thurs, May 26, and Fri, May 27
Fences—Weds, July 6, Thurs, July 7, and Fri, July 8
You Never Can Tell—Weds, August 10, Thurs, August 11, and Fri, August 12
Othello—Weds, September 14, Thurs, September 15, and Fri, September 16


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 25, 2015 (Much Ado About Nothing)
• Wednesday, July 6, 2015 (Fences)
• Wednesday, August 10, 2015 (You Never Can Tell)
• Wednesday, September 14, 2015 (Othello)

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.

Much Ado About NothingMay 28
FencesJuly 9
You Never Can Tell August 13
OthelloSeptember 17

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.

Much Ado About NothingSunday, May 29
FencesSunday, July 10
You Never Can Tell Sunday, August 14
OthelloSunday, September 18

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.

Much Ado About NothingSunday, June 5
FencesSunday, July 17
You Never Can Tell Sunday, August 21
OthelloSunday, September 25

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.

OthelloThursday, September 15

Open-Captioned Performances

Cal Shakes is to continue to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2016 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.

Much Ado About NothingWednesday, June 1
FencesWednesday, July 13
You Never Can TellWednesday, August 17
OthelloWednesday, September 21

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.

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.


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.