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Free Shakespeare in ‘a’ Park– coming soon to the UES

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MANHATTAN – Every Summer, ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ becomes one of the hottest tickets in town and hardest to get, but this year Shakespeare is coming to another park near you and it won’t cost you a penny.

For six evenings in July, NY Classical Theatre will bring William Shakespeare’s King Lear to life at Carl Schurz Park, at East 87th street and East End Avenue in Yorkville on the Upper East Side.

The production runs Tuesday through Sunday, July 20th trough the 25th, with the cast taking center stage at 7pm and a limited audience in attendance as a precaution due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

NY Classical Theatre says safety is be top of mind and space will be limited, so they’re asking guests to make a free reservation online— but some walk-up attendees will be welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis— which is good news because at publication, only spaces for the performance on July 29th was still available. All other Upper East Side performances have already sold out.

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If you cant snag tickets to the production at Carl Schurz Park, you may not be out of luck. NY Classical Theatre’s production will also travel to the West Side in Central Park, the Battery, and Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech.

This production of King Lear features Michael Stewart Allen as Cornwall, Amar Atkins as Edmund and Connie Castanzo as Cordelia with Stephen Burdman, founder of NY Classical, at the helm as director of this year’s production, which includes the so-called “happy ending” from a 1681 which Playbill reports has not been performed in New York City in more than 30 years.

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