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Where to See FREE Shakespeare in Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati Parks

Free Shakespeare in the Park – what would summer be without it? Here’s a quick look at the shows and the schedule for Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati parks.

This year, Cincinnati Shakespeare offers a sneak peek of its 2016-2017 school/community center tour of three favorites: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by a troupe of six in under two hours.

Macbeth: Ambition and fate collide in this iconic tragedy, as the Scottish lord Macbeth and his wife, urged on by an ominous prophecy, conspire to kill their king and usurp his crown. As their political fortunes rise, their personal lives spiral downward into darkness. Witches, ghosts, and apparitions add a spooky edge to this gripping portrait of a marriage and a country in crisis.

The production is set in a Scottish wilderness, inspired by the Pict warrior tribes of medieval Scotland.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: is hip-hop infused with original music created in collaboration with Elementz as feuding fairies meddle in the love lives of human couples. The family favorite has mistaken identities, and an hilarious play-within-a-play starring Nick Bottom and The Mechanicals.

Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare’s classic about star-crossed young lovers is modern dress and features a superhero costume ball for the Capulets’ party where Juliet meets party-crasher Romeo for the first time.

No reservations, first come, first served. Arriving early is recommended for best seating and lawn chairs and blankets are suggested for most venues. You won’t have trouble hearing – actors have mics.

For questions regarding inclement weather or for details and rules regarding outside food and drink (including or excluding alcohol), please contact the individual parks and venues directly.

More information can be found on the website

Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati schedule (all performances at 7 p.m.):

July 29, Macbeth, Eden Park Seasongood Pavilion

July 31, Macbeth, Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine

Aug. 11, Macbeth, Boone County Parks and Recreation, Boone Woods Park

Aug. 13, Romeo and Juliet, Eden Park Seasongood Pavilion

Aug. 18, Romeo and Juliet, Smale Riverfront Park, Schmidlapp Event Lawn

Aug. 23, Macbeth, Edgewood, Presidents Park

Aug. 25, Macbeth, Maysville Library Amphitheatre

Aug. 28, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Washington Park                                                                

Sept. 1, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Erlanger Flagship Park

-Staff report
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