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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, July 18, 2019

Jul18

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Jul19

Bard in the Park

at Hudson River Park's Clinton Cove This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:15 p.m.
Bringing Shakespeare and other classics to Clinton Cove for four performances this summer, join local artists for A Midsummer Night’s Song.
Free!

Jul19

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Jul20

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Jul21

NYLAUGHS Presents #LITP: Laughter in the Park 2019!"

at Nelson Rockefeller Playground (in Battery Park City)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a free two-hour stand-up comedy show in the park, featuring Roy Wood Jr.! Entertainment Weekly has described his thought-provoking comedy as “charismatic crankiness.”
Free!

Jul21

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jul23

CityParks Foundation PuppetMobile: Bessie's Big Shot

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Bessie is a cow that lives on the Upper West Side and dreams of working for the circus. In the end, by some sheer accident, she finally gets a job as a performer and is thrilled.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul23

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jul24

Shakespeare in the Park Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

7:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Shakespeare's dazzling comedy about the rites of love is full of magic and music.
Free!

Jul24

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Jul25

Broadway in Bryant Park

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

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Jul25

Mamma Mia! Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)Queens

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
This popular musical will have you dancing in the aisle to ABBA's greatest hits including Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money, and of course Mamma Mia!
Free!

Jul25

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Jul26

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Jul27

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Jul28

The Bacchae, presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.9:45 p.m.
Enjoy free, uptown, family-friendly theatre for the community. The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents new and classic works that will stand the test of time.
Free!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Jul29

New York Euripides Summer Festival: Iphigenia Among the Taurians

at The East River Park Amphitheater (in John V. Lindsay East River Park)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
New York Euripides Summer Festival is now in its 11th summer season, presenting fully-staged, free classical Greek theater in NYC!
Free!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Jul30

Plaza Theatrical Presents: Cinderella

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The timeless "rags to riches" fairy tale becomes a new audience favorite in a live adaptation of the treasured animated film.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul30

New York Euripides Summer Festival: Daughters of Troy

at The East River Park Amphitheater (in John V. Lindsay East River Park)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
One of the best antiwar plays ever written, it reflects Euripides' disillusionment of Athenian democracy, borrowing events from the Trojan War just after the stratagem of the Trojan Horse, when Troy fell to the Greeks.
Free!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Jul31

New York Euripides Summer Festival: Iphigenia Among the Taurians

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
New York Euripides Summer Festival is now in its 11th summer season, presenting fully-staged, free classical Greek theater in NYC!
Free!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Aug 1

Broadway in Bryant Park

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

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Aug 1

New York Euripides Summer Festival: Daughters of Troy

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
One of the best antiwar plays ever written, it reflects Euripides' disillusionment of Athenian democracy, borrowing events from the Trojan War just after the stratagem of the Trojan Horse, when Troy fell to the Greeks.
Free!

Aug 1

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

at 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway (in Crocheron Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Four young lovers escape the tyranny of the court to find love in a magical forest. See what happens when a mischievous sprite called Puck weaves their three stories into one.
Free!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Aug 2

CityParks Foundation Puppet Mobile: Bessie's Big Shot

at J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park)Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:15 a.m.
Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Aug 4

Hip to Hip Theatre Co. Presents: Free Shakespeare in the Parks - The Tragedy of King Richard III

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

4:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company believes that great plays and performances have the power to change lives...
Free!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Aug 7

Hudson Vagabond Puppets Presents Caps for Sale/Three Billy Goats Gruff

at Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street (in Highland Park)Queens

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
First, a hat salesman falls asleep and wakes to find his hats missing! In the second story, three billy goats try to avoid an ogre as they try to cross a bridge!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Aug 8

Broadway in Bryant Park

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

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Aug10

Queensboro Dance Festival

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)Queens

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is a summer tour of all Queens-based dance companies, featuring diverse dance styles including jazz, Indian, modern, hip-hop, and more!
Free!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Aug11

Hip to Hip Theatre Co. Presents: Free Shakespeare in the Parks - A Midsummer Night's Dream

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

4:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company believes that great plays and performances have the power to change lives...
Free!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Aug14

Patty Cake Theater Presents Donkey Jote

at Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue (in Highland Park)Queens

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Enjoy this bilingual adaptation of the adventures of Don Quixote as seen from his donkey.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Aug15

Broadway in Bryant Park

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

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits each summer in the park. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
Free!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Aug16

Bard in the Park

at Hudson River Park's Clinton Cove This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:15 p.m.
Bringing Shakespeare and other classics to Clinton Cove for four performances this summer, join local artists for A Midsummer Night’s Song.
Free!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Aug22

Shakespeare in the Park: The Tragedy of King Richard III

at 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway (in Crocheron Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
After a long civil war, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward. But Edward’s younger brother Richard, who helped him to the throne, grows restless in the shadows.
Free!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sep20

Bard in the Park

at Hudson River Park's Clinton Cove This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:15 p.m.
Bringing Shakespeare and other classics to Clinton Cove for four performances this summer, join local artists for A Midsummer Night’s Song.
Free!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Oct19

Flux Takeover

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Come experience Flux’s core themes in action – collaboration, experimentation, and play – with residents and artists from their current show, Must They Also Be Gods.
Free!

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