Celebrity Sonnets

William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets in addition to his plays.  He dealt with themes of love, loss, aging, jealousy, and the nature of writing.

Our really fun Celebrity Sonnets event is held twice a year: In North County at the Dove Library in Carlsbad, and at the Old Globe in Balboa Park.

At each Celebrity Sonnets event, we ask actors, local celebrities, musicians, dancers and specially invited guests to perform their choice of Shakespeare’s immortal and mysterious poems of love and passion. They can interpret them in any way, so it is always a unique and creative event.

Here are our Celebrity Sonnets events for 2016!!:

North County Celebrity Sonnets
- Monday, August 8th, 2016. 7:30pm. Doors Open at 7:00 pm.
- It’s FREE, donations welcomed.
- Dove Library’s Schulman Auditorium, City of Carlsbad

Our 15th Annual Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe Theatre
- Monday, October 10th, 2016. 7:30pm. Doors open 7.00pm.
- The Old Globe Theatre, Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Balboa Park
Includes music, dance, poetry and lots of fun.

- This is always a Bard-tastic night out!
- Tickets: $20 Non-Members, $10 Members/Senior/Military.
– Tickets can be purchased by credit card through PayPal, at the door or in advance by mail.
– To purchase tickets by mail, send check payable to SDSS to 7442 Conestoga Way, San Diego, CA 92120, and tell us the number in your party.


This year’s performers at the Old Globe include:
Vox Nobili Madrigal Ensemble
- Leigh Scarritt Productions Ensemble
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet with Vanessa Dinning
Tangocentric Dance Project
Jonathan McMurtry
and more..

>> See the complete program for the 2016 Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe

Our Master of Ceremonies at the Old Globe this year is Mr Verbivore himself, the wonderful Richard Lederer.

>> Read Richard Lederer’s article about this year’s Celebrity Sonnets.


Our Celebrity Sonnets events are our main fund raiser to support our Annual Student Shakespeare Festival.


Great picture from the 2015 Celebrity Sonnets at The Old Globe




Recorded at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, San Diego. October 13th 2014

 The video was recorded and edited for us by Shamus Brown. THANKS SHAMUS!



>> San Diego Union Tribune: Article by Richard Lederer about the 2015 Old Globe Sonnets

>> KPBS: Article including audio of some of our celebrities reading sonnets!



Jonathan McMurtry, Actor and Associate Artist at the Old Globe

Jonathan McMurtry performs at the October 2014 Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe

– Zandra Rhodes, internationally famous fashion designer and set designer for opera
– Ross Porter,  KSDS FM
Richard Lederer, Union Tribune Columnist and Noted Author. See his article.
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
Leigh Scarritt Productions
- Claudia Russell, Program Director, and Jeff Dalrymple, KSDS Jazz88.3 FM
– Catalina Zelles (actress/student)
– Kasey Kay, Concert Pianist
– Des McAnuff, Tony award winning Artistic Director
– Barry Edelstein, OId Globe Artistic Director
Vox Nobili madrigal ensemble
– San Diego Civic Dance Arts
– Miles Anderson
– Cynthia Stokes, SD Opera Director
– Diane Welch, Writer
– Pat Launer, Art Critic
Dr. William A. Nericcio, Professor of Comparative Literature, SDSU
– Michael Morgan, Educator, Conductor & Vocal Director
– Gabe Krut, Student, Actor, award-winner Student Shakespeare Festival
Choral Scholars, USD


The Celebrity Sonnets are brought to you with a generous donation from the County of San Diego, Community Projects Grant and with major funding from a grant from the Commission for Arts and Culture.



Thanks also to the Old Globe Theater in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park.the Old Globe logo

We also thank all of our other wonderful sponsors and donors. See a list of them.

And our special thanks to Walkers Shortbread for their generous donation of delicious shortbread at Society events.

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Thanks also to our performers and you the audience!