10 Places to Catch Shakespeare Outdoors

Two of our favorite words beginning with “S”: Shakespeare and Summer! In addition to its well-known Shakespeare in the Park, New York is also offering outdoor theater lovers the opportunity to watch ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ downtown in the beautiful setting of Washington Square Park. Gorilla Rep is bringing this well-loved play to life in its unique, innovative way for the twelfth time since 1989. 

But it’s not only New York that offers literature lovers the opportunity to enjoy The Bard’s classic works under the open sky. Here’s a list of ten great outdoor settings worldwide to catch a Shakespeare play this summer. 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Ashland, Oregon, USAImage courtesy of 

This festival is one of the largest and oldest Shakespeare festivals in the country. 2015 marks its 80th year and the festival is committed to performing the entire Shakespeare canon in its lifetime. This year, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ will be featured in the stunning Elizabethan outdoor theater, providing an unforgettable experience for all.


Seattle’s Shakespeare in the Park: Seattle, Washington, USAImage courtesy of

Now in its 27th season, this touring festival is bringing ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘The Two Noble Kingsmen’ to major parks in and around Seattle during July and August. But that’s not all – through it’s ‘Backyard Barn’ series, GreenStage is also bringing four-person productions of ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ to smaller parks, making sure no one will miss out.


Shakespeare By The Sea: Various Locations, California, USAImage courtesy of 

Since 1998, Shakespeare by the Sea has been bringing Shakespeare’s works to light in stunning settings in San Pedro and other venues throughout LA, Orange, and Ventura Counties. With admission completely free, there is no reason to miss this year’s productions of ‘As You Like It’ and ‘The Tempest’!


Bard on the Beach: Vancouver, CanadaImage courtesy of

Imagine enjoying a warm, summer evening watching ‘The Comedy of Errors’, ‘King Lear’, or ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ with the beautiful backdrop of Vancouver’s Vanier Park. This year, Bard on the Beach is offering just that. Now in its 26th Season, this festival is definitely one to go to if you’re in Vancouver this summer.


Shakespeare in High Park: Toronto, CanadaImage courtesy of

Whether you’re in the mood for a comedy or a tragedy, Shakespeare in High Park is offering both under a canopy of stars. Catch ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘The Comedy of Errors’ on alternating days in this beautiful outdoor park setting. We’re sure it will be an evening to remember. 



Cambridge Shakespeare Festival: Cambridge, UKImage courtesy of

The University of Cambridge is renown as being one of the most beautiful in the world. Cambridge Shakespeare Festival offers you the unique opportunity to picnic on the lawns of four of the colleges, before experiencing a spectacular evening of Shakespearean drama. You won’t know where to start with the choice of eight different productions: ‘Titus Andronicus’, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Timon of Athens’, and ‘Macbeth’. Regardless of your choice, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it!


Bristol Shakespeare Festival: Bristol, UKImage courtesy of

Bringing together some of the UK’s best theater companies to perform alongside amateur professionals, school and youth groups, special educational needs and disability arts groups, Bristol Shakespeare Festival is a true celebration of Shakespeare’s works. Offering a wide range of performances, there is something for everyone – including Insane Root Theatre’s ‘Macbeth,’ which will be performed in a cave!


Open-Air Shakespeare: Various Locations, UKImage courtesy of 

Folksy Theatre’s Open-air Shakespeare is held to much acclaim, bringing popular works to parks and outdoor venues around the UK since 2008. This year they will be bringing their anticipated production of ‘Hamlet’ to life in 32 locations throughout July and August.


The Summer Shakespeare Festival 2015: Czech Republic & SlovakiaImage courtesy of 

Here’s one for our Czech speakers: the oldest and largest open-air Shakespeare event in Europe is ‘The Summer Shakespeare Festival’ which takes place annually in Prague, Brno, Ostrava, and Bratislava. With over 150 performances in Czech of 8 celebrated works, including ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Othello’, and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, there’s certainly no shortage of choice!


 Hamletscenen:  Kronborg Castle, Denmark

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Since 1816, Danes and international folk alike have flocked to Kronborg Castle in Denmark for the Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle. Some of the world’s most prestigious theater companies come to perform here in what has to be one of the most unique and special settings. This year’s production of ‘Hamlet’ will be an experience not to be missed!