March 13, 2018 at 7:00pm

$35 - VIP with Premium Seating & Reception | $20 (B Level) and $15 (C Level)

Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth

The Crown v. William Shakespeare

The Margeson Theater will transform into a hilarious, interactive courtroom as William Shakespeare himself is put on trial for plagiarism and allowing a female actor to perform onstage. See actors from Orlando Shakes’ productions of Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in Love improv their way through the trial amidst a panel of celebrity judges, including Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel “Taking Names” Columnist, and The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Attorney at Morgan & Morgan. Kimberly A. Ashby of Foley & Lardner LLP, and Nicholas A. Shannin, Esq. of The Shannin Law Firm, will return as advocates.*

The event also includes an opportunity to mingle with leading members of Central Florida’s legal, business, and artistic communities in a pre-show VIP cocktail hour. Starting at 6:00 p.m., all VIP ticket holders are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

*Participants are subject to change without prior notice.


Presented by

Wells Fargo

Reception Sponsor

Law Office of Cory Taylor, P.A.

Producing Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors

First American Title Your Small Biz Accountant


Since 2009, Orlando Shakes has hosted mock trials that explore contemporary legal thought using classic plays as their template, resulting in a zany event 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.

Past mock trials have put Mother Nature on trial for the havoc she’s wrought on Shakespeare’s characters in The Tempest vs. Pericles, considered whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet was indeed insane when he killed Polonius, and addressed a contentious Darcy v. Wickham defamation lawsuit based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.


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