Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
"...one of the community's treasures." Los Angeles Times
Join 50,000 of your fellow Angelenos for LA's favorite* summertime event!
Since 2004, Independent Shakespeare Co. has been bringing our community together for free performances. This summer, join us for great theater in Griffith Park along with special events and special guests.
And it's all free (donations gratefully accepted.)
*the Dodgers are pretty awesome, too.
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2016
Details will be posted this Spring.
With your family, friends, and a picnic to share, it’s a guaranteed good time, and one of the best ways to spend a summer night in LA. Celebrate summer! Shakespeare in LA
Our performance site is at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.
Ample free parking is available. Look for the hot pink signs directing you to the parking lots near the Merry-Go-Round. Parking lot 2 is the closest to the performance site, but do be prepared for a bit of a walk up a hill.
Downloadable Parking map is here.
Please note: as with anywhere in the city, don't park against curbs painted red and look out for "no parking" signs! Griffith Park has fire lanes and they are serious about enforcing them!
Plan your evening
- We welcome children at our performances! But please be advised, these are not Shakespeare performances edited or changed for children. Shakespeare wrote about the human experience, and his plays include examples of sexuality and violence, and deal with adult themes. Email us and we'll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have about particular performances. And please, keep your children with you at all times.
- There is an uphill walk from the parking areas to our performance site. If you have mobility challenges, please call us at 818-710-6306 to make arrangements.
- Don't forget your picnic! (Note: alcohol is prohibited in Los Angeles City parks.)
- Dress in layers as it gets chilly in the evening.
- We have a concessions tent with hot and cold beverages, cupcakes, kettle corn and light snacks. Cash and credit cards accepted.
- We encourage your consideration of those around you! Low seat beach chairs (legs lower than 3") are welcome behind our chair line. The lower area closest to the stage is reserved for those with picnic blankets.
- As a courtesy to those around you, we ask you to leave your four legged friends at home.
- You may find that bug spray and sunscreen are also helpful to bring with you.
- For disabled access, please call us at 818-710-6306 for information and to make arrangements.
Special events throughout the summer. All are FREE!
Players in the Park/Teatristas en el parque: workshops for families.
These interactive workshops are high energy and introduce participants to the plays & characters. You'll also meet some of the actors and take a backstage tour.
Dates for 2016 will be announced in the Spring.
Reservations for Players in the park are encouraged and can be made here.
Salon Series: discussions at the intersection of Shakespeare and contemporary culture
Past Salon discussions include:
"How do you drag Much Ado into the 21st century even if you’re setting it in the 20th century?" WIth These Paper Bullets! playwright (and Pulitzer Prize finalist) Rolin Jones and The Geffen Playhouse's Amy Levinson
"Shakespeare and the Science of Chaos" with Claire-Marie Peterson, technical writer at Jet Propulsion Lab. Claire earned her Ph.D. in English Rhetoric, Literature and Linguistics at USC.
Symphony In The Glen
2015 marked third year collaborating with Symphony In The Glen!
Signifying Nothing delighted audiences with symphony music, Shakespeare and Commedia dell'Arte.
The 2016 performance will be announced in the Spring.
Pre-show performances by our Festival Arts Partners
Come to the park early to enjoy these curtain-raising acts
Performances begin at 6:30pm
2016 performers will be announced in the Spring.