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John R. Hamilton Mock Trial: 8th Annual Event

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Each spring, Orlando Shakespeare Theater hosts an annual Mock Trial that has become one of the most anticipated events on the Theater’s calendar. Hailed as live theater meets Judge Judy, the Mock Trial assembles a panel of celebrity judges to hear a case based on one of the season’s Signature Series productions and argued by notable attorneys in Central Florida.

The Mock Trial was conceived in 2009 to explore the connection between classical theater and modern-day law. Past mock trials have considered whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet was insane when he killed Polonius, addressed a contentious Darcy vs. Wickham defamation lawsuit based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and asked if the old rogue Falstaff was falsely imprisoned.

2016 Mock Trial: 8th Annual Event

Pericles vs. The Tempest
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6 p.m.

This year, Mother Nature will be put on trial for the havoc she’s wrought on the characters in two of Shakespeare’s productions: The Tempest and Pericles. Characters from both shows will delight attendees as they improvise their way through the trial, making pop culture references, and offering wild modifications to history. While the audience offers an advisory verdict, the final ruling will be made by a panel of celebrity judges. Kimberly A. Ashby, partner at Akerman LLP, returns as an advocate, joined by Nicholas A. Shannin, Esq. In addition to being a board-certified appellate attorney at Shannin Law Firm, P.A., Shannin recently served as president of the Orange County Bar Association.

Orlando Shakes Subscribers receive exclusive presale tickets for the Mock Trial and other special events. Watch your email for details!

Tickets will be available for purchase January 1, 2016.


For more information about how you or your company can become involved in the Mock Trial, please contact our Dana Nichols at 407-447-1700 ext. 206 or at danan@orlandoshakes.org.



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