With Summer in full force, many of us New Yorkers are anxious and excited for one of the seasons greatest treats. Shakespeare in the City. With a variety of outdoor performances, it’s a must-do whether you are a local or just visiting. A true treasure in the Big Apple. Here is a list of someo of the best places to see these outdoor performances.
Shakespeare in the Park
Delacorte Theater, Central Park
Through July 30
This may be the most popular venue, which can make getting tickets difficult, especially when notable actors are taking stage. I remember waiting for almost 10 hours to get tickets to see Anne Hathaway in the Twelfth Night! But for Shakespeare lovers, it’s worth the wait. This season the production includes “All’s Well Ends Well’ and Meaure by Measure”. You can get free tickets on their website (www.shakespeareinthepark.org) or on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. For more information, including the calendar visit www.shakespeareinthepark.org.
New York Classical Theatre
Battery Park and Governors Island
July 6, 8–10, 12–13, 15, 18–21 and 24
This is a moving experience. Literally. This production of Henry V, literally takes you on the journey with King Henry and his army from England (Battery Park) and cross the English Channel (New York Harbor) to France (Governors Island). Starting at around 5pm on each day of the performance get wristbands for the free ferry in Battery Park. Performances will begin at 7pm and bring a blanket as seating is limited. Check out www.newyorkclassical.org for more info.
Royal Shakespeare Company at Lincoln Center
Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Park Avenue Armory
July 6–August 14
Ah, the Royal Shakespeare Company coming to New York City. As if that is not enough, they are also bringing their own theater. Kind of. Designed to re-create the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Shakespeare’s hometown the company is shipping a replica of that theater along with the sets, costumes, lighting and other production elements to be set up at the Park Avenue Armory. Performances will include As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and Julius Caesar. Visit www.lincolncenter.org for more information.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Municipal Parking Lot (corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets), Lower East Side
July 7–23 and July 29–August 13
A Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production is always free, and it always happens while the parking lot is in operation! The Drilling Company is performing two plays from opposite sides of the spectrum: Comedy of Errors (July 7 to 23) and Hamlet (July 29 to August 13). Be sure to bring a chair! For more information, check out www.shakespeareintheparkinglot.com.