Thank you for a wonderful season!

Looking forward to seeing you again next summer!

The Two Gentlewomen of Verona
by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Jeff Christian

Flipping the genders of the major characters, we present our adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s first comedies in all its uproarious hilarity. Shakespeare, as always, displays his keen insight into human folly, giving us lines like “Love’s a mighty lord,” and “In love, who respects friend?” and gives us everything we want from a comedy: funny characters, funny lines, funny situations – all combined with a few lessons learned on our journey to the happy ending.  


Tuesday, July 23 (preview)
Thursday, July 25 (opening)
Saturday, July 27
Tuesday, July 30
Thursday, August 1 (closing)


The Rover
by Aphra Behn
adapted by Janice L. Blixt, directed by Christy Arington

Integrating themes of feminism and libertinism into a high-octane swashbuckling tale, we are proud to stage the work of the leading female playwright of The Restoration, Aphra Behn. By setting the play during Carnival and focusing on her sights on marriage and identity, Behn displays a wicked sense of humor as she creates larger-than-life characters who prove to be both lovers and fighters. 

Wednesday, July 24 (preview)
Friday, July 26 (opening)
Sunday, July 28
Wednesday, July 31
Friday, August 2 (closing)




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 a corporate sponsorship from The Schindler Appleford Group.  



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 15 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, Max Buzzell, The Frankfort/Elberta Chamber of Commerce , Bill Kennis and Benzie Bus, all the good people of Stormcloud Brewing Company, Bayside Printing, 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, Michal C. Wadsworth, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Jim Grabovski, Joshua Mills, Aubrey Anne Parker, The Benzie Current, 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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