"You won't find a more spectacular venue for live theater than
Cal Shakes' Bruns Amphitheater in the Orinda hills." —Diablo Magazine


Welcome Center at the Bruns

Questions, enthusiasm, or feedback? We're here for you.

The Welcome Center, located on the plaza at the Bruns, is here to make your visit to the theater as enjoyable as possible.

Ask what's happening with Cal Shakes, who's giving the Grove Talk, or just say hi.

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As part of Cal Shakes’ mission—striving for everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background, to discover the relevance of Shakespeare and the classics in their lives—the Bruns Amphitheater is fully accessible to patrons with mobility restrictions.

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; please purchase these in advance through our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or via our online ticketing system at calshakes.org. We can also book seats, adjacent to yours, for up to three companions. Performances do sell out, so we recommend reserving early.


Cal Shakes provides free, wheelchair lift-equipped shuttle service between the Orinda BART station and the Theater beginning 2 hours prior to and at the conclusion of each performance. The shuttle runs approximately every 20 minutes; the final shuttle leaves the Orinda BART station approximately 20 minutes before curtain. Orinda BART pickup is in the BART parking lot to the right of the station exit; after the show, catch the shuttle on the Sue & George Bruns Plaza, across from the bench.

We recommend that patrons requiring special assistance arrive no later than a half-hour before curtain. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in our parking lot. Once you arrive in the parking lot or at the shuttle stop adjacent to our handicapped-accessible parking spaces, call the phone number on the sign; a staffer will answer and advise you as to whether you should wait for the shuttle or for our golf cart, and of your approximate wait time. Sorry, no parking at the top of the hill.

There are accessible restrooms located in the Sharon Simpson Center, in the middle of our Theater grounds. Our lobby, café, and Theater Store have flat, paved surfaces; the grounds also have an accessible path running from the lobby to the top of the amphitheater, to reach seats in the Terrace section.

Assistive-listening devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the blanket kiosk near the entrance to the amphitheater at no charge. Patrons will be asked to leave a form of ID at the kiosk in order to borrow a device for a performance.


Cal Shakes is proud to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing on the following dates: June 3 (Twelfth Night), July 15 (LIfe Is a Dream), August 19 (The Mystery of Irma Vep), and September 23 (King Lear). Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.

If you’d like to attend open-captioned performances, please contact our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or boxoffice@calshakes.org and ask to purchase seats in the open-captioned seating section, or purchase tickets online.

     Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund.

While pets are not allowed on the grounds or in the Amphitheater, we are happy to allow service animals at the Theater. Please notify the Box Office when booking your tickets if you require room for your service animal.