Shakespeare In Clark Park Returns With A Huge Production Of Henry IV Featuring A 100-Person Battle Scene And More, July 30-August 3

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Shakespeare in Clark Park entertains audiences (for free!) again this summer for its annual summertime event, this year featuring Henry IV, July 30-August 3. (Photo by Kyle Cassidy courtesy Shakespeare in Clark Park)

Alfresco iambic pentameter, anyone?

Now in its ninth season, Shakespeare in Clark Park revisits the West Philadelphia green space for another summer of free outdoor theatrical performances.

Opening on Wednesday, July 30 and playing nightly at 7 p.m. through Sunday, August 3, the talented team behind Shakespeare in Clark Park presents its rendition of the epic Shakespearean tragedy Henry IV in a five-performance run in the natural amphitheater at verdant Clark Park.

An annual tradition, the yearly productions bring top-quality local actors to perform classic Shakespearean works and are incredibly well attended. This year, though, the production receives an additional injection of community spirit.

The result of a collaboration with Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, each of the five nightly performances includes an enormous battle scene with more than 100 extras pulled from the Philadelphia community — all bombarding the Clark Park stage. Awesome!

Henry IV: Your Price and Mine combines aspects of parts one and two of Henry IV, and also takes the show’s fun beyond the performances themselves by incorporating a pre-show event at nearby Gojjo Bar and a nightly conversation station in the park.

Before each performance, a Pub Prelude inspired by the pub scenes in Henry IV gets going at Gojjo Bar at 5:30 p.m. The pub event is free to attend, but drinks are pay as you go and pre-registration is required.

At Clark Park, the conversation station encourages discussion about Shakespeare, Henry IV and the process of creating the production.

So, join in the Shakespearean drama. All of Clark Park is a stage!

Shakespeare in Clark Park presents Henry IV: Your Price and Mine
When: July 30-August 3, 7 p.m.
Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Avenue
Cost: Free
More info: www.shakespeareinclarkpark.org

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