A brief history of
The Curtain Theatre
The Play's the Thing in Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, CALIFORNIA
Our organization was formed by Mill Valley arts producer John Leonard, set designer Steve Coleman, and artistic director Mikel Clifford. The opening production of Shakespeare's As You Like It was staged in summer 2000 to celebrate Mill Valley's centennial.
As You Like It, 2000
With sponsorship from Mill Valley Arts Commission, the Outdoor Arts Club, Parks and Recreation, and generous community donors, the Curtain Theatre has continued to produce free summer shows in the city's beautiful Old Mill Park Amphitheater.
See the list of past productions on our ARCHIVE page.
Steve Coleman designing for The Tempest, 2014.
In summer 2010 the board established the Curtain Theatre as a non-profit, named after one of London’s first public theaters. Built near the Curtain Close in Shoreditch, it was described in Shakespeare’s Henry V as the “wooden O.” The Curtain was home to Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, until they constructed the Globe in 1599. Like our own Curtain Theatre, the 1577 original featured an open-air stage and a conspicuous shortage of curtains.
Though the theater’s focus is on free Shakespeare, it occasionally stretches out into other classical drama and musicals.
She Stoops to Conquer, 2001
King Stag, 2013.
Hot Day in Ephesus, 2009.