Shakespeare in the Park, the quintessential New York event, offers both atmosphere and ambience alongside a fellow audience of intellectually inclined New Yorkers, all for free. This year, in the very centre of Manhattan, The Delacorte Theatre is presenting King Lear, the classic tale of revenge, tragedy and loss, performed under the stars, which runs until August 17.
Idyllic as this sounds, demand is exceptionally high and it is more likely that that you will end up standing in line in the blistering heat for hours, only to discover that your chosen performance is sold out. However, do not fear. There are outdoor performances of Shakespeare all across the city that will still allow you your annual fix of Shakespeare at half the effort.
Take a look at these alternatives and smugly roll your eyes at the hordes waiting outside Central Park, basking in the glory of your academically-refined, offbeat quirkiness.