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Theater Under the Stars: 10th Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont

Once again, we are graced with the annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont presented by Ophelia's Jump. This year, the festival takes place July 11 through July 21, 2024 at the Sontag Greek Theatre—a stunning outdoor venue at Pomona College—and feature live productions of La Tempestad (The Tempest) and The Knight of the Burning Pestle.


Both productions will be performed in repertory and alternating each night:

  • La Tempestad (The Tempest)—July 12, 14, 18, 20

  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle—July 11, 13, 19, 21


What’s the best part of it all? The Sontag Greek Theatre opens early before each performance to welcome picnickers! Concessions include craft beer, wine, and snacks. Local restaurants and businesses will offer select take-out options to enjoy before the performances. However, feel free to go all out with your own picnic.



And for the cherry on top; Each night will feature a Green Show at 7 p.m.—a pre-show entertainment from Elizabethan times—with local bands and performers while you picnic, mingle, and enjoy the historic outdoor venue. 


This year, ground-level seating will be available, so bring a lawn chair or grad a stadium style seat. Stadium seats can also be rented, subject to availability.


Purchase your tickets online at opheliasjump.org to attend the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont. For group tickets, contact info@opheliasjump.org or 909-734-6565. Free admission for kids 10 and under.


About Both Productions 


La Tempestad (The Tempest) by William Shakespeare. A tale of betrayal, forgiveness, and magic, this bilingual version of The Tempest is adapted and directed by Beatrice Casagrán, featuring original music by Andres Vadin and Arturo Stable. Set on Isla de Pinos off the coast of Cuba, this vibrant production with choreography by Kati Hernández infuses a Latin flavor into Shakespeare's most enchanting comedy.


The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont. A troupe of actors intends to stage a romantic play about star-crossed lovers, if only the audience would quiet down. However, a lively grocer and his wife insist on a different play featuring their apprentice. Now, the company finds themselves performing two plays: the romance and an improvised chivalric adventure, complete with knights, giants, and impressive dance moves.




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