Q: What does “Theatricum Botanicum” mean?
A: Roughly translated, “Theatricum Botanicum” means The Botanical Theatre or Theatre of Plants. Our founder, Will Geer, had a lifelong love of botany as well as theater. The Will Geer Memorial Shakespeare Garden contains specimens of many plants and flowers referenced in the works of Shakespeare. Markers, etched with the plant names and plays they are found in were created by artist (and granddaughter of Will Geer) Megan Geer-Alsop. Overseeing the garden is a bronze bust of Will Geer, sculpted by local artist Megan Rice.
Q: May we picnic before the show?
A: Yes. Many of our visitors opt to arrive early with picnics and refreshments which they can enjoy at the tables in our garden area. At intermission, Ike Godsey’s General Store offers concessions, and on selected performances in August, we offer catered pre-show dinners. (Click here for “Dinner and a Play”). With the exception of bottled water, no food or beverages are permitted inside the amphitheater.
Q: What about parking?
A. We have a lot you may park in for $5, based on first come, first served. Parking along Topanga Canyon Blvd is completely free and many audience members utilize that! If you are disabled or have special needs, please contact the box office and we will be sure to reserve a space for you.
Q: Are dogs permitted in the auditorium at performances?
A: With the exception of guide dogs, we do not allow dogs or pets.
Q: How should I dress?
A: To increase your enjoyment, for matinee performances we recommend sunglasses, sunblock and a hat with a brim. (See Theatricum’s sun policy.) For evening performances, bring a jacket or light coat. You may want to bring a blanket for chilly nights.
Q: Is the amphitheatre easily accessible to audience members who use wheelchairs?
A: Yes. We have accessible designated parking spaces, and a ramp which leads to the ampthitheatre and bathroom facilities. If you need assistance, please ask any of our staff.
Q: What is the seating situation?
A: Our 299-seat outdoor amphitheatre is comprised of bench seats with backs. Our audience members are welcome to bring cushions or blankets from home for comfort, and we provide seat cushion rentals for $2.
Q: May performances be photographed and recorded?
A: Theatricum Botanicum is a union house, strictly abiding by the rules and regulations of Actors Equity Association. As such, photographing or recording performances is never allowed, no exceptions.
Q: Is Theatricum Botanicum available for outside rentals?
A: Theatricum Botanicum is available for outside rentals, schedule permitting. We do not rent the space for theatrical productions, religious gatherings or concerts with amplified sound. For more information on renting Theatricum Botanicum for a wedding, private event or film shoot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.