Content Advisory

We provide content advisory information as a service and do our best to inform guests as to content. Please bear in mind that the question of what is or isn’t offensive is an extremely subjective one, particularly when it comes to determining the appropriateness of plays for youth. If you have any concerns about a play’s appropriateness, we strongly encourage you to read this guide carefully, view our website guide, and/or read the script before purchasing tickets.

What follows is a detailed list of items that have been found offensive by some in the past. If you have concerns about content, feel free to look over this page; however, please keep in mind that the words listed – taken out of context – may seem more offensive than they would in the context of the play.

Please Note: Orlando Shakespeare Theater allows children age five and older into our Signature Series performances. For our Children’s Series performances, children two years of age and younger are welcome to sit on laps for the entirety of the performance. Children three and older must have a ticket.

The content listed below has been created before the show opens, so we are unable to list every objectionable moment that may occur during the performance.

2017-2018 Signature Series

Man of La Mancha

A story of hope and idealism rises from the darkness and despair of a prison cell in Man of La Mancha, carried aloft by some of the most familiar and moving songs of the American theater. As Miguel de Cervantes presents his tale of knight errant Don Quixote, his journey comes alive in a play-within-the-play, featuring loyal friends, troubled maidens, giant monsters and brave knights. Don Quixote’s quest—filled with humor and poignancy in equal measure—dares everyone to dream “The Impossible Dream.”

The internationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical is a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit.

Language: Some sexually suggestive language. Aldonza calls the Muleteers "sons of whores" and "bastards." She talks and sings about her work as a prostitute.

Smoking and Drinking: Drinking of alcohol

Violence: Multiple violent assaults:
Aldonza beats down the muleteers with a broom when they mockingly sing to her.
The dungeon prisoners jump on Cervantes and nearly strangle him early in the play.
A free-for-all fight (rather comical, and very benignly shown) erupts between Quixote and the muleteers.
One of the muleteers viciously slaps Aldonza. During the rape scene, this lead muleteer uses a whip on her to force her into submission. She passes out immediately afterwards.

For Which Audiences?: Most appropriate for 8th grade students through adult audiences.

Rating: If it were a movie, Man of La Mancha would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

A comic spoof where Holmes and Watson must fight against an seemingly supernatural hound that has been haunting the Baskerville family for generations. This adaptation, in which all the characters are played by three male actors, is full of silly comedy and slapstick and male actors dress as female characters.

In a series of comic “blackouts,” two male characters are discovered in a bed holding on to each other in fear of a ghost. Two male characters in fear, hold hands while walking in the middle of the night. While all the actors are clothed throughout, they occasionally “pretend” to only be wearing towels, for comic effect.

Language: Mild swear words. "S**t"and "B***tard" will be changed for student matinees.

Smoking and Drinking: Smoking, plus drinking of alcohol.

Violence: A character holds a gun and fires it. A character is frightened to death (comically) by the hound.

For Which Audiences?: Most appropriate for 8th grade students through adult audiences.

Rating: If it were a movie, the student matinees of The Hound of the Baskervilles would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Inspired by Frank Capra’s cinematic classic and performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast, five actors play the dozens of characters in Bedford Falls as well as produce all the sound effects. A nostalgic blend of holiday cheer and theatrical magic, you’ll fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saves his life on Christmas Eve.

Language: None.

Smoking and Drinking: References to drinking alcohol.

Violence: Threatened violence, but nothing that should frighten small children.

For Which Audiences?: Most appropriate for 6th grade students through adult audiences.

Rating: If it were a movie, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play would be rated “PG.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Native Gardens

Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

Language: Some strong, crude profanities.

Smoking and Drinking: The characters drink wine. One character smokes a cigarette.

Violence: None.

For Which Audiences?: Native Gardens is a comedy about race and class. The play is best suited for 8th grade through adult audiences.

Rating: If it were a movie, Native Gardens would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Shakespeare in Love

Young William Shakespeare is stuck. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching and he’s having a massive case of writer’s block. He then meets and falls instantly in love with the startlingly beautiful young Viola who, desperate to become an actress, disguises herself as a man to audition for his play.

Language: Mild profanities, Elizabethan curse words, and sexual innuendo.

Smoking and Drinking: Smoking. Characters drink alcohol and get intoxicated.

Violence: The violence consists mostly of sword and dagger battles. It's relatively benign for a teenage audience.

For Which Audiences?: This adaptation of the film has numerous racy moments. Much of the dialogue contains sexual innuendo. It is most appropriate for 9th grade students through adult audiences.

Rating: If it were a movie, Shakespeare In Love would be rated “PG-13." Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Twelfth Night

Viola has been shipwrecked in a violent storm off the coast of Illyria; in the process she has lost her twin brother, Sebastian. She disguises herself as a boy and assumes the name Cesario for protection. Thus disguised, Viola becomes a page in the service of Orsino, the Duke who wants to marry the beautiful Olivia and sends Viola/Cesario to woo her, but Olivia fall in love with Viola/Cesario instead. Meanwhile, her shipwrecked brother also arrives in the town and the two identically dressed twins create unintentional havoc throughout the town. Concurrently, a group of servants torture an uppity butler named Malvolio. In the end, all the mistaken identities and love triangles are solved, and all ends happily.

This is an historically correct Elizabethan production with all roles played by male actors. There will be three male actors in female dress. In the lead role of Viola, a male actor will play a female, Viola, in disguise a male, Cesario. Both a man and woman fall in love with her. Two other male actors play Olivia and Maria.

Language: Elizabethan curse words.

Smoking and Drinking: Various scenes with drinking.

Violence: Very mild. There are sword fights and fist fights, but they are comic

For Which Audiences?: Twelfth Night is a light romantic comedy, but the play may be best suited for teens and adults who are able to handle the suggestiveness inherent in Shakespeare’s sometimes bawdy language. T

his is an historically correct Elizabethan production with all roles played by male actors. There will be male actors in female dress. It is most appropriate for 8th grade students through adult audiences.

Rating: If it were a movie, Twelfth Night would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.

Timon of Athens

Timon is a wealthy and popular aristocrat with but one flaw—an excess of generosity. Sparing no expense on lavish parties, expensive gifts, and charity, Timon later suffers a downturn of fortune and friendship in Shakespeare’s tragic satire about the fickleness of prosperity and becomes a hermit living away from society.

This production will be performed by an all-female cast playing both male and female roles.

Language: Elizabethan curse words.

Smoking and Drinking: Drugs are mentioned.

Violence: Characters yell at each other. No sword fights, battles, or other violence.

For Which Audiences?: Timon of Athens is a political satire. The play is best suited for 8th grade and up. The play is best suited for 8th grade students through adults who are able to handle the suggestiveness inherent in Shakespeare’s occasionally bawdy language.

Rating: If it were a movie, Timon of Athens would be rated “PG-13.” Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater.