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Free Summer Theater

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Broadway isn't the only place to experience great theater this summer! Throughout the season, free plays ranging from Shakespearian classics to new works by emerging playwrights are being staged in parks throughout the city. Get your dose of culture on a budget and let nature set the scene.

Free Summer Theater Events

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aug 17

Hudson Warehouse Presents: Henry V

at Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Led by a war time correspondent, we follow King Henry as he politically positions himself and his military campaign across France in his quest to take what he believes is rightfully his.
Free!

Aug 17

Shakespeare in the Park: Henry IV

at Main Park House (in Cunningham Park) , Queens

7:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Prince Hal is caught between two worlds, in a tavern and at court. Shakespeare's action packed coming of age story asks "What makes a good leader?"
Free!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Aug 18

Bryant Park Friday Picnics

at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Every Friday on the lawn, Bryant Park has a free picnic, featuring over 100 free blankets to borrow, and live food and entertainment.
Free!

Aug 18

Hudson Warehouse Presents: Henry V

at Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Led by a war time correspondent, we follow King Henry as he politically positions himself and his military campaign across France in his quest to take what he believes is rightfully his.
Free!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Aug 19

Hudson Warehouse Presents: Henry V

at Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Led by a war time correspondent, we follow King Henry as he politically positions himself and his military campaign across France in his quest to take what he believes is rightfully his.
Free!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Aug 20

Hudson Warehouse Presents: Henry V

at Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Led by a war time correspondent, we follow King Henry as he politically positions himself and his military campaign across France in his quest to take what he believes is rightfully his.
Free!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Aug 22

Puppets in the Park presents "Cinderella Samba"

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join us for a free puppet show featuring "Cinderella Samba".
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 22

Bryant Park Presents: New York City Opera

at Bryant Park , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Enjoy extraordinary performances produced by New York City Opera, including never-before-seen previews of upcoming productions.
Free!

Aug 22

All the Park's a Stage: Macbeth

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland.
Free!

Aug 22

Movies Under the Stars: Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (R)

at Fort Greene Park , Brooklyn

7:45 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Join NYC Parks, New York City Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment and African American Women in Cinema for this free film! Filmmaker Leslie Harris’s 1992…
Free!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Aug 23

All the Park's a Stage: Macbeth

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland.
Free!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Aug 24

All the Park's a Stage: Macbeth

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland.
Free!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Aug 25

Bryant Park Friday Picnics

at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Every Friday on the lawn, Bryant Park has a free picnic, featuring over 100 free blankets to borrow, and live food and entertainment.
Free!

Aug 25

Bryant Park Presents: Shakespeare: The Tempest

at Bryant Park , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us on the lawn for a full production of The Tempest. Produced by the Drilling Company.
Free!

Aug 25

All the Park's a Stage: Macbeth

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland.
Free!

Aug 25

Movies Under the Stars: Swim Team

at Canarsie Park , Brooklyn

7:45 p.m.9:15 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film! Grab a blanket and come enjoy this inspiring film about three young athletes…
Free!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Aug 26

Bryant Park Presents: Shakespeare: The Tempest

at Bryant Park , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us on the lawn for a full production of The Tempest. Produced by the Drilling Company.
Free!

Aug 26

All the Park's a Stage: Macbeth

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland.
Free!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Aug 27

All the Park's a Stage: Macbeth

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland.
Free!

Aug 27

Movies Under the Stars: Finding Dory

at Friends Field , Brooklyn

7:45 p.m.9:15 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film! In this follow-up to the Disney classic, Finding Nemo, a friendly but…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sep 1

Bryant Park Friday Picnics

at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Every Friday on the lawn, Bryant Park has a free picnic, featuring over 100 free blankets to borrow, and live food and entertainment.
Free!

Sep 1

Bryant Park Presents: Shakespeare: The Tempest

at Bryant Park , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us on the lawn for a full production of The Tempest. Produced by the Drilling Company.
Free!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sep 2

Bryant Park Presents: Shakespeare: The Tempest

at Bryant Park , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us on the lawn for a full production of The Tempest. Produced by the Drilling Company.
Free!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sep 8

Bryant Park Presents: Shakespeare: The Tempest

at Bryant Park , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us on the lawn for a full production of The Tempest. Produced by the Drilling Company.
Free!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sep 9

Bryant Park Presents: Shakespeare: The Tempest

at Bryant Park , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us on the lawn for a full production of The Tempest. Produced by the Drilling Company.
Free!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sep 17

NYC Parks Presents Gertrude Ederle Sings Out! — Musical Show

at Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and AfterWork Theater, New York City’s one and only recreational theater for adults, for a special presentation of a fully-staged musical show!
Free!

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