More than 55,000 theater lovers attend this gala second on the list of largest free Shakespeare festival in the United States ... More
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
More than 55,000 theater lovers attend this gala second on the list of largest free Shakespeare festival in the United States (only New York City's tops it). The program began in 1976 as a part of the University of Buffalo's theater department, and became an independent, non-profit organization 15 years later. Today, performances take place on the aptly named Shakespeare Hill in the Fredrick Olmstead designed Delaware Park. See website for schedule and complete yearly particulars.
This was the best experiance of my life. As a teenager I expected that this play would be very boring and a waste of time. I soon found that I was mistaken. As I am very young in age I have found that not only do somethings sound borring and turn out to be cool... but that somethings sound fun and turn out to be boring...Shakespeare In Delaware Prak is not one of those kinds of plays but is simply the BEST! I encourage evryone to go and see this play.
I hated reading Shakespeare in highschool, so the first time I went I was a bit reluctant, but it was free and I had my bottle of wine. I was completely blown away by the performance. I now go to both performances every year (sometimes see them more than once). They have a way of bringing the characters to life in a way that the "average Joe" can appreciate. It is a must see in Buffalo.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a FREE, outdoor summer Shakespearean festival that has survived since 1976. It's actually quite popular, being the second-largest free outdoor festival in North America - second only to NYC.
Founded by artistic director Saul Elkin, its charm is its unpretentious effort to expose the Bard to the the most diverse audience possible, and to provide a wonderful experience for young actors as they learn their craft from a unusually large, loyal pool of acting talent that this city continues to produce. The theatre community is actually this city's jewel in these troubled economic times.
The festival runs June to August, every night except Mondays at 7:30 pm. Bring your blankets, favorite foods and beverages (yes, wine too!), and a sweatshirt since it gets pretty cool once the sun goes down. Getting near the front makes a big difference. Park along Lincoln Blvd., and get there by 6:45 to get a good spot on the Hill.
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