Free Entertainment in New York City

Shakespeare in Central Park

Shakespeare in Central Park is the most well known Shakespeare in the Park festivals and has been offering free performances in Central Park in New York City for over 60 years. Each summer they offer productions, usually with some very well known actors. They begin handing out tickets at 1 pm and tickets tend to run out rather quickly. Sometimes they will hold reservations for tickets that can be picked up at the Delacorte box office at around 7 pm, so people will often call in advance and ask them to hold tickets, especially if they are unable to get to the box office during the time they hand out their tickets.

 

  • New York Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, Turtle Pond, (212) 539-8750, Publictheater.org

Circus Amok in New York City

Circus Amok offers circus performances that are politically minded. They offer many performances in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The performances are done throughout June and further information is available on their website.

  • Circus Amok, (718) 486-7432, Circusamok.org

Gorilla Rep in New York City

Gorilla Rep is a group thats puts on Shakespeare plays. They’re known for changing locations for each scene of the plays. They have many followers and are one of the more popular groups that does Shakespeare in the parks throughout the boroughs of New York City.

  • Gorilla Rep, Riverside Park (North of 79th Street), Gorillarep.org

Hudson Warehouse in New York City

Hudson Warehouse is a group that is known for taking classic productions and offering them in a more modern twist. The group likes to change the classics so that they are more relevant to modern day and so people can relate to them more easily.

  • Hudson Warehouse, Riverside Park, (212) 560-6579, Hudsonwarehouse.net