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The Cal Shakes Experience

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Cal Shakes' home, the magnificent Bruns Amphitheater, is one of the most beautiful and unique settings imaginable to experience live theater. Located in the Siesta Valley between Berkeley and Orinda, our plays are set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling East Bay hills and summer sky.

The Great Outdoors With the sound of the coyotes in the far off distance and the smell of eucalyptus leaves in the air, there's no mistaking the Bruns for an indoor theater.  Being the Bay Area, it can get quite chilly in the evenings. We provide blankets (for a small suggested donation), but recommend you dress warmly and in layers. Plan on sunscreen and a hat for sunny matinees.

Gourmet Food On-Site The grounds open two hours before curtain so you can enjoy a picnic and relax in our beautiful eucalyptus and oak groves. Classic Catering's delicious and affordable gourmet meals, beer and wine, as well as Peet's coffee and house-made desserts are available at our café. And, yes, you can eat and drink inside the theater! (But please be mindful of noise and unwrap all items before the performance begins.)

Picnic Skip dinner indoors and share a picnic with friends in one of our beautifully landscaped groves. Classic Catering’s delicious and affordable gourmet meals, beer, and wine are available at our café, or you can plan ahead and bring your own feast. If you’re bringing a group, you can arrange catering in advance through Classic Catering. Groups, as well as Champions at the Director’s Level and above, can also reserve picnic tables in advance.

Grove Talks Led by resident Grove Talks speakers, these free, informal 20-minute talks are held on site 45 minutes before each and every performance, offering invaluable insight into the play and the production.

Parking & Transportation Take BART to Orinda and you'll be picked up and brought back for free by our complimentary shuttle, which starts running 90 minutes before show time. Or park free on site at the Bruns.
For directions to the theater click here.
For directions to the main Box Office click here.

Access With shuttle service from the parking lot to the lobby and wheelchair seating available, the Bruns Amphitheater is fully accessible to patrons with mobility restrictions.

Contact Box Office Phone: 510.548.9666


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