There’s more than one Shakespeare in the Park festival in NYC this summer. Shakespeare is alive and well in Brooklyn, with FREE outdoor performances of three of his favorite romances, comedies and tragedies. Here’s what’s happening where and when, thanks to Brooklyn Daily newspaper:
This year, fans of the Bard can enjoy romances (“The Tempest” and “The Winter’s Tale”), comedies (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Twelfth Night”) or a tragedy (“Julius Caesar”), all in Brooklyn parks and botanical gardens.
Mark your calendars, since some of these productions are just for a few days:
June 8-26 – Carroll Park
Shakespeare’s final play “The Tempest” becomes this summer’s first outdoor show, with a three-week run launching on June 8. The 14 actors of the Smith Street Stage, led by Kate Ross as the wizard Prospero, will transform Carroll Park into Shakespeare’s magical and mysterious island.
- “The Tempest” in Carroll Park (Carroll Street between Court and Smith streets in Carroll Gardens, www.smith
stree tstag e.org), June 8–26, Wed–Sun at 7:30 pm.
July 6-10 – Prospect Park
New York Classical Theatre brings its “panoramic theater” style back to the borough’s parks for its 17th season, with one of Shakespeare’s most romantic tales. In July, New York Classical Theatre presents its production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” star-crossed young lovers lost in the very real woods surrounding Prospect Park’s Long Meadow.
- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow [enter at Grand Army Plaza, East Drive at Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope, (212) 233–6496, www.newyo
rkcla ssica l.org]. July 6–10 at 7 pm. Free.
July 16/17 and July 23/24 – Narrows Botanical Gardens
The young performers of Bay Ridge’s Act Out! Acting School school will present the tragedy of “Julius Caesar” amidst the beauty of the Narrows Botanical Gardens, with a production that enlists the audience to join the Roman crowds.
- “Julius Caesar” at Narrows Botanical Gardens (Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street, www.narro
wsbg.org). July 16–17, and July 23–24, time TBA. Free.
July 23, South Bar, Park Slope
The only summer Shakespeare show created in partnership with a bar presents Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity “Twelfth Night.” The show will come to life in front of South, its sponsoring pub, as part of the South Slope Summer Stroll on July 23, with a short second run at the Old Stone House in August. The show already has a signature drink — the “What You Will” punch created by South bartender Rosie Schaap.
- “Twelfth Night” at South bar (629 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets in Park Slope, www.south
brook lynsh akesp eare.com). July 23 at 6:30 pm. At the Old Stone House in Washington Park [336 Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues]. August 4–6 at 8 pm. Free.
August 9-10, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
New York Classical Theatre presents “The Winter’s Tale”, setting its story of a long-lost princess against the waterfront’s spectacular city views.
- “The Winter’s Tale” at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park [Old Fulton Street at Furman Street in Dumbo, (212) 233–6496, www.newyo
rkcla ssica l.org]. August 9–10, 12–14 at 7 pm. Free.