Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get tickets?

SBTS shows are FREE!  We do not take reservations.  All seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Are performances always free?


Is seating provided at all your venues?

Seating accommodations vary from venue to venue. See our Schedule for details about each site. Blankets are recommended at all locations.

How do I get to an SBTS show?

Check our Schedule page for directions to each venue.

Are picnics allowed?

We encourage our patrons to come early and enjoy a picnic dinner on site. SBTS offers a limited selection of drink and snack items at our concession stand.

How long is the show?

About 2 hours, with a 10-15 minute intermission in the middle.

How old is the company? How many years have you been doing this?

The festival was founded in 1998.

Do you always perform outside?


Where do you get your funding?

We apply for a lot of grants and ask a lot of people for their support.

What do you do the rest of the year?

We produce theater year-round with our Little Fish Theatre program. We’ve transformed San Pedro’s old city tow yard into an intimate and versatile black box space and present an eclectic mix of new, contemporary and classic plays. Located in the heart of downtown San Pedro on the corner of 8th and Centre St.

Where do you get your actors?

From all over Los Angeles & Orange Counties.

When and where do you post auditions?

In March on the Auditions page on this web site and in Backstage West.

How many people audition?

We have approximately 500 submissions, of which about 100 actors are called in to audition. Of the 100, about 40-50 are called back, and from them we cast 15-24 actors, based on the needs of the shows.

Where are you touring?

See our Schedule to find out when and where you can see an SBTS performance.

How does the raffle work?

We award a prize each evening by drawing a name from the tickets purchased that evening (must be present to win). Anyone who does not win that evening goes back into the drawing for the grand, 2nd and 3rd place prizes (need not be present to win).

Why do you take SBTS on tour?

It expands our reach to different audiences.

How do you decide which cities to go to?

Since our 2nd year, Lisa has been calling other cities and finding new venues to tour to. If the city is willing to sponsor our performances – we go.

How can I buy raffle tickets?

Raffle tickets are sold at every performance.

What should I bring to the park?

Check out our Things to Bring list.

What plays have you done?

  • 1998 – Comedy of Errors
  • 1999 – Taming of the Shrew
  • 2000 – Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 2001 – Tempest and As You Like It
  • 2002 – Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth
  • 2003 – Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night
  • 2004 – Richard III and Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • 2005 – Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello
  • 2006 – Comedy of Errors and Hamlet
  • 2007 – The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice
  • 2008 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony & Cleopatra
  • 2009 – As You Like It and Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • 2010 – Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar
  • 2011 – Much Ado About Nothing and The Tragedy of King Lear
  • 2012 – Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo & Juliet
  • 2013 – All’s Well That Ends Well and King John
  • 2014 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet
  • 2015 – As You Like It and Tempest
  • 2016 – Cymbeline and Othello
  • 2017 – Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth
  • 2018 – Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale

Can I bring my dog with me to a show?

Safe pet practice policy
Every year we are asked about our pet policy. As our tour takes us to a range of parks in different cities, different counties, under varying jurisdictions, please check the with the park policy for the specific location you plan to visit.
Well behaved, under control, healthy, and dogs on leash is a typical type of policy.

There have been past incidents where actors navigating through the audience have been bitten by dogs. Please consider that IF you choose to bring your furry friend to a performance that:

– Fellow audience members could be allergic to your dog (if they starting sneezing, it could hamper your enjoying the play).

– Your dog should be comfortable around sudden movement. During the performance, actors will enter and leave a scene through the audience pathways, sometimes at quick speed. If you are seated in the aisle, an actor running past your dog could startle Spot.

– Your dog should be comfortable around unusual noises. During the performance music, sound effects, and dialogue alone (for example from a fight scene or scene where a character is crying) could surprise or agitate your pet.

– Your dog should be comfortable sitting and enjoying the play without barking or howling that interferes with the audio of the production.

– Your dog will likely need a visit to a tree or lawn area for their ‘potty time’. Please be considerate of other audience members and the theatre company to locate this area away from where people are congregating.

– Your dog may find the picnic faire people are enjoying on the lawn of interest. This could be a problem for you, your dog, and your audience neighbor.

– No alligators, please.

We believe the drama for a Shakespeare by the Sea production belongs on the stage and not in the audience whether audience members, their guests or their pets.