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Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park)
Photograph: Courtesy Joan MarcusTwelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park)

Free outdoor theater this summer in New York

Can’t get into Shakespeare in the Park? Here’s a guide to other free outdoor theater you can find in New York.

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Written by
Adam Feldman
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Public spaces come alive with free outdoor theater in New York City in the summer, and especially with the plays of William Shakespeare. The top destination, of course, is the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park presents excellent productions that among New York's best things to do in the summer. But you can also enjoy plays by Shakespeare and other classical masters elsewhere in the city: in Harlem,  Brooklyn, at Riverside Park, even in a Lower East Side parking lot. You might be surprised by the magic that can come from wonderful words, inventive actors and a mild summer breeze.

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