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All Hail the Bard!

So we already told you about the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this season’s Shakespeare in the Park. But that’s not the only place you can catch a play here penned by the Bard of Avon this summer. There are plenty of smaller, community productions throughout the city where you can skip the hassle of lining up for tickets and just show up for the performance.

The West Side Community Garden, on 89th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues will be staging Macbeth in the Garden through August 13th. Shows will take place August 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th at 6 p.m.

Also located on the Upper West Side, the Hudson Warehouse, which bills itself as “the other Shakespeare in the Park” will stage a production of Henry V through August 20th. The Warehouse’s mission is to provide quality, exciting, innovative and affordable classical theater to the community. The company has a pay-what-you-can policy, but if you don’t have the cash, feel free to plop the stairs of the north patio of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at Riverside Park and West 89th St. because everyone is welcome! Performances are Thursday through Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m.

A parking lot on the Lower East Side is the location for the Drilling Company’s performances of Henry V1, Part 3 through August 12th. You read that right: a parking lot. It’s located behind the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center located at 114 Norfolk Street. Performances are from Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and they are all free, though it’s best to arrive early to secure a good spot.

We can only assume that Shakespeare would be proud, right?

Image via Chris Whipple