Shakespeare in the Park is the perfect way to introduce your kids to The Bard. And from now through September 4th, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is performing free shows at various venues across the tristate.
This summer’s performances are Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor. All shows start at 7 p.m. (except for two in Louisville, which start at 8 p.m.), and take place at some of Cincinnati’s most picturesque outdoor locations. With Shakespeare in the Park, you bring chairs, blankets and a picnic, and get to take in a world-class Shakespeare show – for free.
This year’s Shakespeare in the Park kicked off with performances at Eden Park and Washington Park. Our reporter, Jon, brought his two daughters (ages 8 and 5) and had an absolutely fantastic time. In terms of Shakespeare, Jon loved how accessible everything was. His girls were able to walk around if they got restless, the performers came into the audience after the show, and the whole atmosphere was very laid back, festive and family friendly.
As always, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company delivered the Bard’s works in a fun, playful way. Because it’s Shakespeare, some of the material is a little risqué, though Jon says the lines were all delivered in a lighthearted way, and his kids really enjoyed the performance. “Having been to several shows over the years, I’d say this was a great first exposure to Shakespeare for them!” (In other words, Jon’s family is now ready for Shakespeare and the Queen City, which opens Aug. 25th at the Cincinnati Museum Center!)
There are 3-4 shows each week through Labor Day, and they’re all over Greater Cincinnati at fabulous outdoor locations such as Cincinnati Parks’ Smale Riverfront Park (Aug. 1), Blue Ash’s Summit Park (Aug. 5) and Great Parks’ Glenwood Gardens (Aug. 12). For a complete listing of Shakespeare in the Park performances, check out Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s website here.