Optimist Theatre-Shakespeare in the Park

Free, professional, outdoor theatre of the highest caliber.

Multiple Locations throughout Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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Shakespeare in the Park!
Join us each summer for Milwaukee's Free Shakespeare in the park, now featuring a fully mobile touring production that brings the show to multiple neighborhoods in the greater Milwaukee area.

What: On tap for 2023 is  "Henry IV + 1 + 2: Falstaff's Tale". This abridgement will focus on the iconic comic character Sir John Falstaff, who was so popular that Shakespeare wrote him into four plays. A giant in girth and presence, his storyline spanning the Bard's "Henry IV, Part 1" and "Henry IV, Part 2" as the flawed companion to Prince Hall will be the focus. 90 minutes, 100% Shakespeare, 150% old rogue.
Past touring shows include 2021's "A Midsummer Nights' Dream: The Lover's Tale" and 2022's "Twelfth Night or What SHE Will". 

When: Ten (or more) free performances in the summer months, generally late June through August.

Tickets: No tickets needed! Shakespeare in the Park is free to see. Registration is strongly recommended, however. Registering ensures you receive the latest updates about the show you'd like to see. In 2022, the average audience size grew by 29% so it's especially prudent to register for those updates.
Important Distinction: Registration is Not a Reservation! Only Shakespeare in the Park members can make a reservation. 

Check the website for details. From the home page, click Current Show.

Where:  Multiple locations throughout Milwaukee and beyond. Past performance sites have included:

  • 53rd Street School
  • Alverno College
  • Forest Home Cemetery and Arboretum
  • Greendale Gazebo Park
  • Humboldt Park
  • Jackson Park
  • Lake Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Marcus Performing Arts Center lawn and Peck Pavilion (where Shakespeare in the Park has been honored to be a Resident Partner since 2017)
  • Mitchell Park
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sherman Park
  • University Lake School
  • Washington Park
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

More Information: www.FreeShakespeareInThePark.org

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  • ADA Compliant
  • Complimentary Policy
  • Pet Friendly
  • Family Friendly


  • Price Range: Free


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