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Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2023

A picnic and a Shakespearean drama at Griffith Park is a perfect plan for a summer evening

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Griffith Park is a great place to enjoy summer performances from the Independent Shakespeare Co. From June to September you can see talented actors, impeccable and creative plays, and your favourite characters in the open air performance. While the entrance is free for everyone, we recommend you leave a few dollars to help develop future festivals.

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival has been held since 2009. Every year about 48,000 visitors came to the old Zoo to see the company perform. Measure for Measure and The Two Gentlemen of Verona were among the most successful plays, as well as Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew.

All performances begin at 5 pm. We warn you that there are no seats in the park. Therefore, you are expected to take your own blanket or folding chair. A long-sleeve shirt or jacket may be needed, as the evenings are cool.

Sometimes you can become part of the performance, as actors usually improvise and do some interaction with the audience during each play. So don't be surprised if you become part of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” fantasy or get an invite to a party at the Capulets during Romeo and Juliet.

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