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Salty Shakespeare: Open Dress Rehearsal of Hamlet

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Salty Shakespeare: Open Dress Rehearsal of Hamlet

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Free, reservations required
Please plan to arrive by 3:30pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email
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2:30pm: Salty Shakespeare Too, their troupe of young actors 11-16, will be performing scenes from Hamlet before the dress rehearsal. All are welcome to attend.
3:30pm: Preshow on the Plaza
4-5:30pm: Hamlet dress rehearsal

Salty Shakespeare concludes their residency with a run of their new adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale of murder, indecision and intrigue. This event takes place outside; bring layers and sun protection. Please arrive between 3-3:30pm to secure your seat - late seating may not be available.

The Salty Shakespeare Company, headed by director Nancy Linehan Charles, is the Theater Ensemble in Residence June 4 - July 20 at the Marion Davies Guest House. During their tenure they are rehearsing and developing a brand new, much shortened version of Hamlet. They bring their sense of immediacy, physicality and play to their Beach House residency, which began June 4 and continues through seven performances July 10-20. The Residents will be blogging at – follow the blog for updates. All rehearsals are open to the public; dates posted on the blog; tweeting and facebooking during all their events are encouraged.

Believing that the mission of art is to disturb the peace, Salty Shakespeare is dedicated to wiping the cobwebs off museum-piece theatrical productions and bringing Shakespeare directly to the streets. The world of the groundlings (the cheap seats!) becomes their home base – and clowning, acrobatics, and percussion are all mixed with vibrant language and the immediacy of no-barriers acting to electrify and attract the passing crowd. Salty has now "dropped scenes" all across L.A.; Hamlet and Horatio discussed the Ghost on the ramparts in a downtown office elevator; Romeo and Juliet reached for each other from a balcony and a mezzanine in a public mall; Macbeth and Macduff faced off with a ferocious balloon sword fight. The Salties have almost been arrested twice but nothing deters this brave guerrilla troupe! “Turning Shakespeare on his ear since 2010 for a smartphone-enabled generation.”

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy from 11am-2pm (not all days; check website for details).

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 3:30pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.

Parking: For weekday Beach=Culture events May-September, there is a daily $8 parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. For hourly and weekend fees, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call 310-458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change depending on weather - call ahead.

Have questions about Salty Shakespeare: Open Dress Rehearsal of Hamlet? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

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415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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