Summer & Shakespeare

Summer Bucket List Favorite Returns to Delaware Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) -  Shakespeare in Delaware Park opens it's 43rd season of free professional outdoor theater Thursday evening.

The season begins with King Lear, fondly referred to by Managing Director Lisa Ludwig as the "original Game of Thrones".  SDP's 2nd production of the season will be the romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, starting July 26th.

"We are one of the largest, free outdoor Shakespeare festivals in the country and the 2nd oldest and we're right here in Western New York", said Ludwig.  "You can bring your blanket, chairs or picnic and enjoy a beautiful night out in an Olmsted park. It's the perfect night". 

Ludwig notes that they do pass the hat at intermission. "Just like they did in Shakespeare time", she said.   "Audiences are always so generous when we pass the hat".

Over 40,000 people a Summer come out to SDP, sometimes 2,000 people a night. 

If you're not exactly a Shakeapeare buff, are you going to be lost ?  "Not at all" said Ludwig. "King Lear is about a dysfunctional family.  Daughters are fighting over their father's inheritance and it's all about the dysfunction as a family and what happens".  And the thing about Shakespeare, Ludwig says, is that it is meant to be seen and heard.  Unfortunately we make our high school students read it.  That's why it is so daunting for some people".

Ludwig highly recommends that you come to the park and see Shakespeare the way it was meant to be seen and see if it becomes a Summer tradition.

"We are here Tuesdays thru Sundays (closed Mondays) at 7:30pm". 

Shows take place on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, next to Hoyt Lake behind the Rose Garden, off Lincoln Parkway near the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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