2023 Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Wed Jul 5, 2023 - Sun Sep 3, 2023
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Repeating every week — Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through September 3, 2023
Except August 2, 2023, August 3, 2023, August 4, 2023, August 5, 2023, August 6, 2023.
7:00pm PT
Age: 6 and up
Price: Free, donations appreciated
Griffith Park - site of the Old Zoo

Lord, what fools these mortals be!  But not so foolish as they would miss the final weekend of  A Midsummer Night's Dream in Griffith Park.

Et tu, Griffith Park?  Free Shakespeare returns to Griffith Park for a full summer of theater under the stars.

The first play this summer is Julius Caesar.  In August the mood lightens with A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Julius Caesar runs from July 5 - July 30

A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays August 9 through September 3.

As for location: the production returns its regular spot at the Old LA Zoo Picnic Area, welcoming audiences back to the large, open, grassy lawn for performances all summer long. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The area closest to the stage is reserved for blankets only, while a little farther back, guests can bring low-seat beach chairs.

Registration is not required, though it is appreciated! 

Guests can have a reserved seat waiting for them as a thank you for a $60 donation. Reserved seats are in a special elevated section with a great view of the stage.

Select dates have pre-show activities:

Players in the Park begin at 5pm
Free workshops for families about the play and Shakespeare's language. Participants take a backstage tour, and try out the ISC stage. Dates 2023: July 16, July 29, August 13, August 19, and August 25. Reservations recommended

Director's Salon begin at 6pm
Discussions about the intersection between Shakespeare and contemporary culture
Dates 2023: July 14, September 1

Themed Nights
Pride Night featuring Shakes - Queer: July 22
Community Toga Party - July 27
Disco Night - August 17
Family Fairy Night  featuring Drag Story Hour - August 26

ASL interpreted performance: August 25



** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.