ABOUT

Welcome! We are The Porters of Hellsgate.

“Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hellsgate, he should have old turning the key… Anon, anon! I pray you, remember the porter.”
-The Scottish Play, Act 2, Scene 3

We are a classical theatre company based in Los Angeles, California. It is our intent to bring the work of Shakespeare and other classic authors to life here, in the City of Angels.

It is our belief that in this age of ever-changing technology, the communal experience of theatre – particularly the communion with the past inherent in every noteworthy classic – is vitally important. Ours is an art that new media can supplement but never replace.

The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company was founded in 2006 by Edward Castuera, Jack Leahy and Charles Pasternak. Their inaugural production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar opened at the end of that year. Since then the Porters have produced seventeen more of Shakespeare’s plays, the most recent being King Lear (’13) and Timon of Athens (’13). They have also performed Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (’10, in rep. with Hamlet), two original works by Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger (Deity Clutch and Sherlock Through the Looking-Glass), and the world premiere of a new translation of Oedipus the Tyrant (’11) by resident artist Jamey Hecht, Ph.D.

We pray you, remember the Porters..