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Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson to Star in “Simply Shakespeare”



Sir Paul McCartney will add Shakepearean actor to his list of talents, when he steps onto The Broad Stage Sept. 25 for “Simply Shakespeare,” the  annual benefit for The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.

McCartney will star, alongside event co-hosts Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and a celebrity cast in “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” only in this case, the classic production will be played for laughs. The night of impromptu Shakespeare and song will also include a post-performance reception with the cast.

To read about another terrific “Simply Shakespeare” evening, which I happily reported on for the Los Angeles Times, click here to read the version that appeared in the “All the Rage” section.

Not exactly a stranger to Shakespearean plays, McCartney and the entire Beatles troupe participated in a spoof of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” nearly 50 years ago, way back in 1964, as part of a celebration of the 400th birthday of the bard.

Tickets are $1,500 per person; and packages begin at $6,000. For tickets or further information, call 310 201-5033, or click here to read about The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.

The Shakespeare Center Of Los Angeles' 21st Annual "Simply Shakespeare" - Inside


Top Photo: Sir Paul McCartney, as pictured on McCartney’s MySpace Page, will join a star-studded cast for “Simply Shakespeare,” benefiting the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. 

Bottom Photo: Founder and executive artistic director of The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Ben Donenberg, center, with event co-chairs Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at the 2011 “Simply Shakespeare” (photo, Ryan Miller/ CaptureImaging)  



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Published July 16, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA