Kingsmen Shakespeare 2012 season set

Company to perform 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Much Ado'

The festival is one of the area's most popular outdoor theatrical events.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Jan. 17, 2012) The 16th season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will feature performances of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Much Ado About Nothing" at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

"Much Ado About Nothing" will be performed June 29 through July 1, July 6 through 8, and July 13 through 15. "Romeo and Juliet" will be staged July 20 through 22, July 27 through July 29, and Aug. 3 through 5. All shows begin at 8 p.m. in scenic Kingsmen Park.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company has not performed "Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's famous tragedy of young love, since 2000. "Much Ado About Nothing," one of the Bard's best-loved comedies, was last presented in 2002. The previous shows were among the most popular in the history of the festival.

Company veterans Kevin P. Kern, artistic director of the Pensacola Shakespeare Festival, and Brett Elliott, associate artistic director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, will return to direct "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Romeo and Juliet," respectively. Both men have been involved in the festival since its beginning and have directed productions in recent seasons.

The festival is one of the area's most popular outdoor theatrical events. Visitors are immersed in the Shakespeare experience as the festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater company of California Lutheran University. The nonprofit organization also coordinates apprentice programs for professional and aspiring Shakespearean actors, an educational tour program in local schools, and summer theater camps for youth.

General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. For more information, visit or call 805-493-3014.