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Pacific Repertory Theatre once again presents its annual Shakespeare Festival, this year performing a tragedy and a comedy.

From August 11 through October 8, at the Circle Theater, it's Timon of Athens, exploring the darker side of generosity and wealth; from September 29 through October 15, at the Forest Theater, it's Measure for Measure, what some critics describe as "the ultimate political expose."

To view a full list of plays and musicals performed in Monterey County in the coming months, visit our Theater Calendar.

Did You Know?

The Western Stage is the only theater authorized by the Steinbeck estate to adapt his works for live theater.

Performing Arts: Theater

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 Theater Theater is alive and well in Monterey County. Several theaters present classical and contemporary works, in settings that range from small stage to outdoor amphitheater.

  • California's First Theater presents authentic 19th-century melodrama in their historic building on Scott and Pacific in Old Monterey. (The interior is currently closed for renovation.)

  • The Pacific Repertory Theater makes its home in Carmel. PacRep presents classical, contemporary and musical productions in the 300-seat Golden Bough, the 90-seat Circle Theater, and the Outdoor Forest Theater.

  • In Salinas, The Western Stage presents dramas, toe-tapping musicals, and other entertainment including plays based on Steinbeck's novels and those representative of the area's diversity. A new group, Paper Wing Theatre Company, presents occasional plays that benefit the Fox-California Theater for Performing Arts.

  • A production at the Wharf Theater is the perfect ending to an evening of dining on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf.

  • On the university scene, CalState University, Monterey Bay's World Theater presents regional and national touring theatrical productions, dance companies and music festivals, in addition to student productions.

  • Student productions can also be seen at Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College. Newspapers carry up-to-date listings and reviews of local performances.


Ariel Theatrical
The Wilson Children's Theatre
320 Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
831-775-0976, fax 831-775-0962

Bruce Arris Wharf Theater
On Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940

California's First Theater
Scott and Pacific Streets
Monterey, CA
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CSU Monterey Bay, World Theater
100 Campus Center, Bldg 28
Seaside, CA 93955
831-582-4580, fax 831-582-4582

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
4th and Guadalupe
PO Box 863
Carmel, CA 93921

Forest Theater Guild
P.O. Box 2325
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Monterey Peninsula College Theater
980 Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940

Pacific Repertory Theater
PO Box 222035
Carmel, CA 93922
Box Office 831-622-0100
831-622-0700 Fax 831-622-0703

Staff Players Repertory/Children's Experimental Theater
PO Box 3381
Carmel, CA 93921
831-624-1531 Fax 831-624-4889

The Western Stage
156 Homestead Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
831-755-6816 Fax 831-755-6954

El Teatro Campesino
705 4th St
San Juan Bautista, CA

Monterey County Theater Alliance