It's tradition! Every year we pack a delicious picnic, sit in the park and watch as some of the most well-known works by Shakespeare are performed under the stars. The production is put together by the good folks at CanStage who choose two plays every year. This year we had the choice between Julius Caesar and A Comedy of Errors. We opted to join the masses in Julius Caesar.
Here's why I like Shakespeare in the Park
1- We do it every year. There's something nice about knowing what you're in for. I know that I'm going to have a peaceful time with my friends and enjoy theatre in a relaxed, outdoor setting. And who doesn't love a picnic with your besties on a warm summer night?
2- It makes Shakespeare accessible. The jokes are exaggerated and the actors speak clearly so that even those with little to no knowledge of the plays can follow along.
3- CanStage experiments. They often like to add elements that you wouldn't expect in a Shakespeare production, like electronic dance music or references to graffiti artist, Banksy. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but the important thing is that they tried. And while maybe some of those elements didn't work for you, they may have attracted the attention of someone who would ordinarily enjoy a classic production.
If you haven't made it out yet, you've still got until the end of the summer to check it out. Just be sure to bring long pants and long sleeves. It can also be a little bit of a picnic for the mosquitoes too.