“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


Welcome! We are The Porters of Hellsgate. It is our intent to bring the work of Shakespeare to vivid life in the City of Angels. Our great ambition is to complete the Bard’s widely accepted canon of 38 plays, and in so doing, become the first company in the history of Los Angeles to have done so.

The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company was founded in 2006 by Edward Castuera, Jack Leahy, and Charles Pasternak. Our inaugural production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar opened at the end of that year.

In total the Porters have now produced twenty-three of Shakespeare’s plays (over half-way through the canon!), the most recent being our ambitious staging of the Henry VI trilogy in rotating repertory. We have also performed Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, a world premiere translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus the Tyrant by resident artist Jamey Hecht, and three original works by Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger: Deity Clutch, Sherlock Through the Looking Glass, and Breaking Bard. For the Hollywood Fringe Festival, we staged Larry Cedar’s one-man show Orwellian and Jamey Hecht’s one-man show Limousine, Midnight Blue.

We pray you, remember the Porters…