Shakespeare In Clark Park Returns For Its 10th Year Of Free Outdoor Theater In West Philly This Week, July 29-August 2

This week, all of Clark Park is a stage.

Now in its tenth season, Shakespeare in Clark Park revisits the West Philadelphia green space for another season of free outdoor theatrical performances Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2.

An annual tradition, the productions bring top-quality local actors to perform classic Shakespearean works and are incredibly well attended. Just one Saturday night performance can attract more than 1,000 people and their picnics.

For five nights this week, the Shakespeare in Clark Park troupe presents its rendition of the multifaceted Shakespearean comedy The Winter’s Tale in the natural amphitheater at verdant Clark Park.

Playing nightly at 7 p.m., the show brings The Bard’s tragic romantic comedy — yes, all three — to the alfresco stage with a talented cast of actors and assistance from a children’s chorus made up of 25 Philadelphia-area children ages 5 to 13.

The production is completely free — no tickets required, though donations are accepted — and seating is first-come, first-served. For a seat on something other than grass, guests should bring blankets or chairs.

We definitely recommend arriving early to score the best seats, as crowds do gather.

Note that inclement weather could force the show indoors to take place in Drexel University’s Mandell Theater at 33rd and Chestnut streets.

To explore the neighborhood surrounding Clark Park — and we recommend you do! — check out’s Philadelphia Neighborhood Guide to Spruce Hill.

Don’t miss this quintessential Philadelphia summer event.

Shakespeare in Clark Park: The Winter’s Tale

When: July 29-August 2, 7 p.m.
Where: Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue
Cost: Free
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Shakespeare in Clark Park entertains audiences (for free!) again this summer for its annual summertime event, this year featuring The Winter’s Tale, July 29-August 2. (Photo by Kyle Cassidy courtesy Shakespeare in Clark Park)


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