If you're visiting NYC and can't score tickets to see the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park's productions of The Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida, head to Brooklyn and see these fantastic timeless classics at parks and theaters in Brooklyn. From the tragic Julius Caesar at Narrows Botanical Gardens to the fun A Midsummer Night's Dream in Prospect Park, there are numerous spots to "brush up on your Shakespeare" this summer.
If you want to see Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, you should take note that a limited number of tickets for Troilus and Cressida will be distributed on Friday, July 22nd at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (443 39th Street between 4th and 5th Ave ) and on Thursday, August 4th at the Brooklyn Children's Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave.) between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, while supplies last. "Each person in line (age 5+) is allowed two (2) vouchers, and each voucher is good for one ticket. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 5:00pm and 7:30pm. Vouchers are only valid until 7:30pm for performances on the day they are issued." Good luck!
Enjoy these fantastic local productions this summer!
Watch The Tempest in Carroll Park
Head to Carroll Park on Wednesday through Sundays at 7:30pm to see the Smith Street Stage's production of The Tempest. Since 2010, the Smith Street Stage has been staging Shakespearean plays in Carroll Park. Although the set is bare bones (it takes place in front a park's building that houses the bathrooms), the stellar acting will transform you into another world. This is not to be missed and is a local favorite.
Get there early to grab a seat. If not, bring a blanket or a beach chair or you can sit on a park bench. The Tempest runs until June 26th and it's free.
A Season of Shakespeare in Brick Theater
From July 10th-August 7th, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg presents Shakespeare in the Theater-- "a festival of plays written by Shakespeare performed inside a traditional theater space!" See a forty minute production of Romeo and Juliet in this blackbox theater and other edgy and unique interpretations of Shakespeare's classics. The summer festival has a long list of plays including Antony & Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Hamlet, or I Shall Mourn the Rivers, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and others. Tickets are $18 and you can purchase them through a link on their website.
See Plays in Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park
The New York Classical Theatre celebrates their 17th season with two productions. See A Midsummer Night’s Dream in July at Prospect Park's Long Meadow and The Winter’s Tale in Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Both spots are scenic settings for evening watching these incredible stories.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prospect Park’s Long Meadow, from July 6-10pm at 7pm in It's free. Again, don't forget to pack a blanket.
The Winter’s Tale, Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, from August 9–10, 12–14 at 7 pm. It's free!
Watch Julius Caesar at Narrows Botanical Gardens
Head to the scenic Narrows Botanical Gardens to see Julius Caesar. For two weekends in July, actors from Act Out Acting School will perform this classic Shakespearean tragedy. Check the Gardens website for the time, which has yet to be announced. The production will take place on July 16-17 and July 23rd-24th, and it's free.
Like all outdoor productions, bring a blanket. Also get there early, so you can enjoy a summer stroll through the gardens.
Twelfth Night in the Slope
Ever see a production of Twelfth Night in front of a popular South Slope bar? Well, you can on July 23rd at 6:30pm when South Brooklyn Shakespeare presents Twelfth Night in front of South Pub. They will also present Twelfth Night at the Old Stone House, also located in Park Slope, from August 4th-8th at 8pm. Both performances are free.