Inspired by Shakespeare

by Lucy Lee Jones on July 17, 2010

in England, London, Oahu, Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Theatre

I have always been an Anglophile, with an interest in traditional English culture and the monarchy. Although my senior paper in high school focused on the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II, I’m not quite sure how or when my love affair of England actually began.


Then in college, I focused on English literature, and more specifically on the language of Shakespeare’s time. Even though it was basically “English,” it was like learning a completely new language. Knowing the meaning of the words changed my whole perspective and understanding when I watched his plays.


I won’t bore you with other areas where my interest and research centered around the British, but when I had a chance to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon about four years ago, I was ecstatic. I also visited the Globe Theatre in Bankside, London. I will intersperse a few pictures from beautiful Stratford, as I tell you about the Hawaiian Shakespeare Festival of 2010.


The season in Honolulu opened with Julius Caesar on July 9 and will run through July 18. Then from July 23 through August 1 you can see Measure for Measure. The last play of the season is Henry VI from August 13 through August 22.


This is the 9th season of the Shakespeare festival in Honolulu. The shows are performed at The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu`uanu Ave. on the corner of Nu`uanu and Pauahi, one block south of Beretania near the historic Hawaii Theatre.


You can get tickets through Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or online here.


Tickets are $20 on Friday and Saturday evenings, $15 on Thursday evenings and Sunday Matinees, and only $10 on Wednesday evenings. Such a great bargain!


I hope to get over to Oahu to see one of the plays in Honolulu. I went to many at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego when I lived there. Even if you don’t understand all of the language, you’ll love the drama. I suggest finding a synopsis of the story line so you’ll know what is happening.

A hui hou!


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1 Sonia (foodiesleuth) July 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

The Hilo Community Players have been presenting Shakespeare in the Park for 33 years! This year they are presenting (as we speak) Love’s Labour’s Lost. Tonight is the last performance for this year. Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo

2 Lucy Lee Jones July 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I’m SO sorry I didn’t know about that! I never even heard about it. Maybe next year I’ll get word about it and even take part. I have a long history with Shakespeare, and I even played recorder with a group that preceeded Shakespeare in the park some years (not here). Thank you for letting me know about it.

3 Sonia (foodiesleuth) July 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I wish I had known of your interest before this!
We usually try to attend the Sunday matinee persormances…

4 Lucy Lee Jones July 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Sonia, you haven’t known me long enough to realize just how far my interests stretch! We need to get together sometime and talk about a lot of things. You might be able to get a glimpse of who I am by clicking on one of the links on the “personal” tab.

5 Sonia (foodiesleuth) July 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Will do! 😉

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