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We all learned that Shakespeare was supposed to be classy. What we learned was wrong.


Shakespeare wrote some of the bloodiest, creepiest and most disturbing theater in the English language. His theater had to compete with another racket down the road that fought dogs

against bears, and still his theater made lots of money. In fact, Shakespeare is supposed to be dangerous, and that’s exactly what the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater makes it: a thrilling experience of language, love, risk and violence.
















Featuring scenes from Shakespeare’s most disturbing plays (Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Macbeth, and more), Shakespeare’s Night Of Terror stars a hellish narrator who guides us through a macabre yet hilarious cast of characters and stories to a bigger point about the nature of human fear and terror.


Starring: Fred Cross, Natalie Fryman, Aaron Leddick, Anastasia Leddick, Shahaub Roudbari, Dustin Stern­Garcia and Alex Weed. Directed by Brian Elerding, director of

Shakespeare’s Villains which went to Edinburgh.


The Ensemble Shakespeare Theater (formerly the California Shakespeare Ensemble) started as a side project for a group of working actors in LA who were looking for ways to scratch their Shakespeare itch between TV and film gigs. Descanso Gardens began commissioning works from the group in 2012, and in three years the group has expanded to create shows at their new home in Pasadena at the Lineage Performing Arts Center. The group has also taken to touring, and even brought a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year (to rave reviews!).


The Ensemble will return in February with a new play funded in part by the City of Pasadena through a grant from the Arts and Culture Commission, called Shakespeare’s Rose Queen.

Rose Queen will follow one character, Queen Margaret, in The Bard’s oft-­ignored “history plays”.


Appropriate for mature audiences only [language and violence].

Run time: Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

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