We are thrilled to announce our 2018 season!


Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare

directed by Christy Arington with Elizabeth Laidlaw


Politics and personal life collide in Shakespeare’s tale of lust and loyalty. Examining what’s best for a leader and what’s best for his country, this late history play dramatizes Henry’s historic divorce from Queen Katharine, his marriage to Anne Boleyn and the birth of his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I.  

Tuesday, July 24 (preview)
Wednesday, July 25
Thursday, July 26
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28


50 Minute Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

adapted and directed by Jeff Christian


Two actors, one dramatic masterpiece — all in 50 minutes. Experience the passion, poetry and pathos of the greatest play in the English language in this fun and fast-moving adaption. Whether new to The Bard or an experienced playgoer, 50 Minute Hamlet shares Shakespeare’s wit and wisdom with the whole family and will be presented in conjunction with our education workshop productions.  

Monday, July 30 (preview)
Tuesday, July 31
Wednesday, August 1
Thursday, August 2
Friday, August 3


All shows performed at 7pm at Tank Hill

Performances are free to the public and no tickets are necessary.  A nominal suggested donation of $15 per person helps offset production costs incurred by bringing these  professional productions to Benzie County.


Thank you!

Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre is made possible by your generous contributions, by a grant from The Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation, and by corporate sponsorships from The Schindler Appleford Group and The Benzie Current.  

Yearly donations of the flowers that adorn our stage are courtesy of Eden Hill Greenhouse (2034 Eden Hill Road, Beulah: 231-882-7226).

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our mission over the past 14 seasons. We exist to perform solely in Benzie County, and we rely on your continued support of your very own theatre company.  If you are able to help keep this midsummer dream alive, please visit our donate page.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Very special thanks to Joel Buzzell & Saskia Van Wolferen, Liv Buzzell, The Frankfort/Elberta Chamber of Commerce , Bill Kennis and Benzie Bus, all the good people of Stormcloud Brewing Company, The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Amy Glass, Janet & Jeff Hessler, Andrew Laidlaw, Loyola University Chicago and April Browning, Elizabeth Shrake, Principal Matt Stapleton and Frankfort-Elberta High School, Stewart Talent/58 graphics, Michal C. Wadsworth, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Jim Grabovski, Joshua Mills, Aubrey Anne Parker, Robert and Kerrie Kornexl, Owen Langlois, Charlotte Gruman, The Guitar Works, Ltd, (Evanston, IL), Jim Weber, Harold’s True Value Hardware (Evanston, IL), Patrick Block and the City of Frankfort.

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