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.  Pictured:  Michael Holding (King Henry VIII) and Noah Simon (Cardinal Wolsey) from our 2016 production of The Rivals.

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.  LST favorite Kelsey Phillips stars alongside Jeff Christian.  Pictured:  Jeff Christian and Danni Smith from our 2014 production of Richard III.



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

click here for synopsis


2018 Performance Dates

All shows at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 24: Henry VIII (preview)
Wednesday, July 25: Henry VIII (opening)
Thursday, July 26: Henry VIII
Friday, July 27: Henry VIII
Saturday, July 28: Henry VIII (closing)
Sunday, July 29: off day

Family Week Programming

Monday, July 30:  7pm – 9-11 year old show; 7:30 – intern show; 8pm – 50 Minute Hamlet (preview)                                         Tuesday, July 31: 7pm – “Open Will”; 7:30 – intern show; 8pm – 50 Minute Hamlet (opening)
Wednesday, August 1: 7pm – 5-8 year old show; 7:30 – intern show; 8pm – 50 Minute Hamlet
Thursday, August 2: 7pm – young adults show; 7:30 – intern show; 8pm – 50 Minute Hamlet
Friday, August 3: 7pm – young adults show; 7:30 – intern show; 8pm – 50 Minute Hamlet (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.

Performance Location

We perform at Tank Hill (188 Park Avenue) in Frankfort, MI. Access is off Park Ave, just West of M-22 (Crystal Drive).

Parking and Accessibility

Parking is available on the north side of Park Avenue, on M-22, and in the Saint Ann Church parking lot across M-22.

Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, picnics and appropriate outdoor clothing.  There is no trash pick-up in the park, so please take your empty bottles and other items with you at the end of the night.

Performances will take place in all weather, as long as it is deemed safe to do so and the audience remains.

Benzie Bus will provide shuttle service from the parking lot of St. Ann Church to the performance space at Tank Hill, roughly every 10 minutes between 6pm and 7pm.  Designated seating for patrons with disabilities will be available. Please contact us at lakesideshakespeare@gmail.comto set up special accommodations.


The Grow Benzie Food Truck is scheduled to be available for our patrons on July 25, 26 and 28.