The Festival Amphitheatre

12762 Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Best Of


  • $$
  • Parking Lot Available
The Festival Ampitheatre is in Garden Grove. This is home to Orange County's lone classically based theater troupe, Shakespeare Orange County, which, as the name implies, is all about the Bard. So it's fitting the dedicated troupe of longtime company members and constant influx of talent from Chapman University (where former artistic director Thomas F. Bradac is an associate professor of theater) possess the most bucolic venue in the county to strut their stuff. The 500-seat theater, surrounded by towering sycamore and ponderosa pines, opened in 1981. In 2004, Shakespeare OC moved in and has produced some 15 shows there, along with special events. It's also used by a few community organizations. But it's when the company is hosting one of Shakespeare's plays that it feels most alive. They stage all of them, from Hamlet to the lesser-known ones and a whole bunch of other ones. Tally ho!

Related Stories (8)

  • Walt Whitman Sings
    Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 4:30 a.m. by Andrew Tonkovich

    Walt Whitman’s immortal poet lives on— in every democratic American dream, brilliant scientific ambition, crackpot mythology and vigorous youthful affection. A recent biography suggests that the world-famous queer, socia...

  • The Shakespeare Orange County Summerfest Is Olde in Name Only
    Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Joel Beers

    Shakespeare didn't know what he was talking about: There are definitely new things under the sun. Just take a look at Shakespeare Orange County. Formed in 1979, the producing entity has a new name—Shakespeare Orange County Sum...

  • Spamalot, In the Heights and More!
    Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Joel Beers

    This preview of the 10 most interesting OC-area theater shows of the summer almost didn't get written. Not that it was hard to find 10—in fact, the challenge was keeping it to 10. It's that in perusing what's on tap on OC and ...

    Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Aimee Murillo

    For the lovers and romantics at heart, it's not a bad idea to start your Garden Grove summer on historic Main Street. Rummage at Paris's Antiques & Collectibles (12936 Main St., 714-534-0248) and The Charity Shop (12946 Main St., 71...

Load More Articles


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >