LB Shakespeare Co. Celebrates the Bard With Classic Radio Programs

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April is William Shakespeare’s birthday month and Long Beach Shakespeare Company continues to celebrate The Bard’s 450th birthday in interesting ways. This weekend they present two half-hour, old-time radio classics from the Golden Age of Radio! Performed with live music and sound effects.

First up, from 1952, it’s one of the earliest episodes of the radio version of Gunsmoke. Titled “Shakespeare”, this episode presents a gripping story about a crazed Shakespearean actor who commits murder during a Kansas heat wave. U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon must bring him to justice.

Then, from 1948, a fantasy called “Mister Shakespeare,” about what MIGHT happen if the greatest of all playwrights could come out of the past to work for a modern motion picture studio. It originally starred Vincent Price as William Shakespeare, and was broadcast around the world by the Armed Forces Radio Service. By vote, it was the favorite radio play of troops in every part of the globe. Spencer Tracy named it his “Favorite Story,” which was the name of the radio series. Each week, a different celebrity chose their “favorite story,” and it was dramatized for radio. Ronald Colman was the host of the series.

Vintage radio is great entertainment for the whole family. All tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online. For more information visit

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