Thank you, Benzie County!

We look forward to seeing you again next year!


The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
directed by Christy Arington 

A masterful blend of outrageous comedy and powerful drama, The Merchant of Venice exposes an intolerant, vengeful world and explores the quality of mercy in those demanding a pound of flesh. Incorporating live, Americana-inspired music, Christy Arington (director of LST’s The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well) directs the play which previews July 18 and runs July 20, 22, 25 and 27.

by William Shakespeare
directed by Scott Cummins 

Brimming with battles of both weapons and words, Coriolanus weaves an epic tale of capricious citizens clashing with their own heroic general in a struggle of duty, identity and loyalty. Led by director Scott Cummins (director of The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet and 2011’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Coriolanus will preview on July 19 and will run July 21, 23, 26 and 28.

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.


Special pre-show performances     

July 26, 5:30pm:  Speak the Speech (a short, fun show for the whole family — based on the works of Shakespeare, featuring our intern company)

July 27, 5:30pm:  Speak the Speech

July 27, 6:15pm:  5-7 year old workshop performance

July 28, 5:30pm:  Speak the Speech

July 28, 6:15pm:  8-11 year old workshop performance

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 13 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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