Join us for our 13th season!

July 26 – August 5


joe-mazza-brave-lux-chicago-lakeside-shakespeare-2016-6597The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
directed by Scott Cummins

The ravages of jealousy are redeemed by the magic of forgiveness in this late romance from The Bard. From the director of last season’s Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale combines drama, comedy and music in weaving its way toward a happy ending.

joe-mazza-brave-lux-chicago-lakeside-shakespeare-2016-6933The Rivals
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
directed by Jeff Christian

A rollicking restoration comedy featuring forbidden love, mistaken identities and outsized characters – including the hilarious butcher of the English language, Mrs. Malaprop. Join in the fun as we present our first production from one of Shakespeare’s literary descendants.


2016 Performance Dates

All shows at 7:00 pm at Tank Hill
Tuesday, July 26: The Winter’s Tale (preview)
Wednesday, July 27: The Rivals (preview)
Thursday, July 28: The Winter’s Tale (opening)
Friday, July 29: The Rivals (opening)
Saturday, July 30: The Winter’s Tale
Sunday, July 31: The Rivals
Tuesday, August 2: The Winter’s Tale
Wednesday, August 3: The Rivals
Thursday, August 4: The Winter’s Tale (closing)
Friday, August 5: The Rivals (closing)

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 shows to Benzie County.

Register for our 2016 Education Workshops here.

Thank you!

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

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our mission over the past 12 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 Eden Hill Greenhouse (2034 Eden Hill Road, Beulah: 231-882-7226), Joel Buzzell & Saskia Van Wolferen, Liv Buzzell, The Frankfort/Elberta Chamber of Commerce , 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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