In its 22nd season, Shakespeare by the Sea will bring “The Comedy of Errors” and “Henry V” to stages from Long Beach to Los Angeles including stops in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach this summer.
“Henry V” will be performed at Valley Park in Hermosa Beach on Wednesday, July 10, followed by “The Comedy of Errors” at Valley Park on Thursday, July 11. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Shakespeare will return to the beach cities with a performance of “Henry V” at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on Friday, Aug. 9, followed by “The Comedy of Errors” at Polliwog Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Performance begin at 7 p.m. Performances also take place at Wilson Park in Torrance on July 26 and 27.
In his directorial debut with Shakespeare by the Sea, James Rice said he approached the mistaken-identity comedy about twins separated at birth as a modern sitcom.
“What Shakespeare was able to do in his time and the reason I think it endures is he was able to find common human themes.... I’ve always felt that if he was still alive today writing comedies he would be writing ‘Three’s Company,’ or some kind of sitcom. It really is kind of a sitcom setup, mistaken identities and craziness ensues.”
The free productions of Shakespeare by the Sea, founded by Lisa Coffi in 1998, run through Saturday, Aug. 17, at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.
Stephanie Coltrin directs “Henry V.”
For more information, visit shakespearebythesea.org.