Free Shakespeare in the Park Performances Return to Outdoor Venues Across Greater Cincinnati

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will be bringing family-friendly productions of "Romeo and Juliet," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Macbeth" to 40 different parks this summer.

click to enlarge Shakespeare in the Park at Boone Woods - Photo: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Photo: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare in the Park at Boone Woods

If you've missed live theater, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is bringing back its annual Shakespeare in the Park tour, offering free, outdoor Bard classics all summer long.

With performances through September, works will be staged at outdoor theaters from Madeira to Covington and Over-the-Rhine to Mason.

"Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s free Shakespeare in the Park tour is the only professional outdoor theatre opportunity of this kind in Cincinnati each summer, attracting more than 10,000 patrons to over 40 area parks during the summer months," says a release. "CSC’s free Shakespeare in the Park Tour enhances the vibrancy of neighborhoods throughout the region by creating traveling arts programs that increase the affordability, availability, and accessibility of the arts outside the downtown core."

The professional touring cast of six actors — Marcus Anthony, Angelique Archer, Arrianna Chai, Tyren Duncan, Colleen Dougherty, and Brianna Miller — will be presenting truncated versions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth.

Shows run 90 minutes each, with an intermission, and are suitable for all ages.

Provided show descriptions include:

Romeo and Juliet — One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare’s canon, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of the Bard’s star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families. In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends, and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risk everything to be together.

A Midsummer Night's Dream — What happens when feuding fairies meddle in the love lives of human couples? Comical adventures, mistaken identities, and a silly play-within-a-play! The cast of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on tour with fairies, lovers and Nick Bottom and the Mechanicals as they hilariously attempt to rehearse and perform a play for the Duke’s wedding. In this whimsical forest, a happy ending is guaranteed for both sprites and mortals alike.

Macbeth — Prophecies. Ambition. Murder. Madness. In Shakespeare’s famous cursed play Macbeth, we see the darkness of the world overcome the light. After an encounter with three witches on a Scottish battlefield, Macbeth must make a decision that will change the course of her life. Betrayal, love, bloodshed and tragedy adorn the path in this chilling, supernatural tale, leaving us wondering how far Macbeth will go to get what she wants. Tormented by visions and guilt when the price of his crimes take their toll, what fate awaits Macbeth? Find out in Shakespeare’s supernatural thriller.

Tickets or RSVPs are not required and seating is open; bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Shows scheduled through June include:

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Mcdonald Commons Park, 7440 Dawson Road, Madeira.
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, June 20: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Community Park Performance Pavilion, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Milford.
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Bramble Park, 6300 Bramble Ave., Madisonville.
  • 7 p.m. Friday, June 25: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Northwoods Park, 5400 Northwoods Lane, Norwood.
  • 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn.
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, June 27: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

For more details and a full schedule, visit cincyshakes.com.

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