Free Shows!

All the no-cost productions playing in NYC right now.

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there are definitely free shows! Every summer, New York City's parks, plazas, and even parking lots host alfresco mountings of classics by Shakespeare and his ilk, as well as puppet shows and other fare for families. To see these productions, all you have to spend is your time.

Ends Aug 20

Supertopia

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Epic, Quirky, Thought-provoking
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Everyday Inferno presents a free outdoor adventure about a group of super-powered people in a new land where heroes aren't unique, and no one is in need of saving.

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Accountable to no one but themselves, the nine settlers of Supertopia struggle with the responsibility of creating a better world and the impossible, incredible choices that come with great power. Everyday Inferno's Central Park production imagines the lush, isolated beauty of Summit Rock as an uncharted wilderness full of possibility. Although free, there is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

 

Ends Aug 27

Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre)

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Distracting venue, Ambitious, Well staged
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New York Classical Theatre presents a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's dark tragedy about a Scottish lord's lust for power.

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Ambition goes unchecked by moral restraint, and destruction befalls all but a lucky few. This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland. The audience follows the actors from place to place as the play moves from scene to scene. The show covers approximately three city blocks over two hours, so wear comfy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. 'Macbeth' plays The Battery (July 31-August 20) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (August 22-27).

 

Ends Aug 18

Pete the Cat

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Cute
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Theatreworks USA presents a free family musical based on the popular picture book of the same name.

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When the cat catcher nabs Pete rocking out after bedtime, he is sent to live with the Biddle family to learn some manners. The whole family is immediately taken with Pete, except for young Jimmy, the most organized second grader on Earth. As the end of school approaches, Jimmy has trouble completing his art assignment. Pete turns out to be the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete as they both learn a little something new about inspiration and friendship. Recommended for children ages 5 to 9. Free tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There's a four-ticket limit per adult.

 

Ends Aug 20

Henry V (Hudson Warehouse)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing (duh, it's shakespeare), Banal, Clever
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Hudson Warehouse presents a  free outdoor production of Shakespeare's epic war drama about one of England's most legendary kings.

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The horrors of war throughout time have changed little, and that is made apparent in this production of 'Henry V.' Led by a wartime correspondent as chorus, we watch as King Henry of England positions himself politically and embarks on a bloody military campaign in his quest to take what he believes is rightfully his: the crown of France. There the Dauphin, the Princess of France, prepares for battle. Part of Hudson Warehouse's 14th season presenting classics to the public in Riverside Park. Tickets are pay what you can.

 

Theater for the New City presents a free outdoor musical about the ongoing effort to resist the current political regime.

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In this "street operetta," a Catholic school girl and a subway conductor come together to fight for the health and safety of all New Yorkers, the civil rights of America, and the future of our planet. Starting out at opposite ends of a spontaneous protest by subway passengers on the L train, they both learn the reasons for our current distress and are mentored by community activists. Together these true patriots battle the Monster of Apple Pie Fascism and the Pumpkin Head of State. 'Checks and Balances, or Bottoms Up!' features dozens of performers, a five-piece band, puppets, masks, and smoke machines. It is performed at no cost in parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs. Visit the official website for the comprehensive schedule.

 

The Drilling Company presents a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's last play.

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When providence and sorcery land a treacherous brother and a king on an enchanted island, the exiled Duke Prospero and his daughter Miranda get a second chance to reclaim their rightful status. In this production of Shakespeare's beloved farewell to the stage, righteous anger gives way to love and forgiveness.

 

CityParks PuppetMobile presents a contemporary take on the classic fairy tale set in the lush landscape of Brazil. Presented outdoors in various NYC parks for free.

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With the help of her magical fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo. But Cinderella is forced to flee just before midnight, so the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart. This lively production features an original salsa soundtrack, handcrafted festival floats, and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning vibrant Carnaval costumes. For a complete list of locations and performance times, visit PuppetMobile's official site

 

Hip to Hip presents a free outdoor mounting of Shakespeare’s classic coming-of-age story about one of history's most legendary kings.

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Prince Hal is caught between two worlds. In the tavern, he carouses with a wild bunch, led by the scoundrel Falstaff, but at court, the King presses him to shoulder his responsibilities as heir to the throne. Meanwhile, the rebellious Hotspur threatens to destroy the kingdom. This streamlined version of 'Henry IV' plays in repertory with Hip to Hip's mounting of 'Measure for Measure.' Both shows are performed at public parks throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Visit the official website for the complete schedule.

 

The Public Theater presents a free outdoor musicalization of Shakespeare's comedy, a dreamlike tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise.

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Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and his niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Part of the Public Theater's Public Works series, which brings professional artists and community members together to create ambitious works of participatory theater.

 

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