July 8 – August 1, 2021


Thur, Fri, Sat Evenings @ 8pm: July 9, July 10, July 15, July 16, July 17, July 22, July 23, July 24, July 29, July 30, July 31
Sun Matinees @ 2pm: July 11, July 18, July 25, July 1

$35 per ticket
*Plus a $3 processing fee per ticket.

If you are fully vaccinated, there is no need for a mask. If you are not vaccinated, please plan to bring and wear your mask. Theatre 40 will follow all the LA County mandated safety protocols.
If desired date is not listed, please call (310) 364-0535 for more information.

Refund Policy
– All purchases are non-refundable.
– Ticket exchanges for a different date are subject for approval based on availability due to limited seating and reservations.


Taming the Lion

World Premiere
Winner of the Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition
March 12 – April 12, 2020
July 8 – August 1, 2021

Written by Jack Rushen
Directed by Melanie MacQueen
Produced by David Hunt Stafford

This is Taming the Lion:

This is the story of the contentious relationship between movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, and the first openly gay star, William Haines.

Under incredible stress to keep suspicious stories out of the press, Mayer develops a plot to pressure Haines to end his relationship, and take part in a fake marriage. He even goes so far as to blackmail Joan Crawford, Haines’ best friend, into helping him to destroy their relationship. Haines almost complies until a soul searching evening guides his conscience to make a choice to be who he is.


Landon Beatty • Sean Rose • Marie Broderick
Kevin Dulude • Jean Mackie • Jeffrey Winner

What critics are saying:

“It contains as much conflict and pathos as one would see in any picture released by Metro in the 30s.”
—Rich Borowy for Accessibly Live Off-Line

“Be the first in line to see this highly entertaining and intriguing show. It’s one of Theatre 40’s best.”
—Elaine Mura for Splash Magazines

Read the full press coverage of the show.


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