Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents the 11th Annual FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour with a New Production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR!

CSC_Free ShakespeareThe tour of over 30 locations in 3 states runs from July 14- September 3, 2017

Cincinnati, May 25, 2017- Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to announce the dates of the 2017 FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour! This year’s tour has over 30 performances stops (and growing) across three states and features a brand new production of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. The classic “Romeo and Juliet” will also be presented in parks, community centers, and other venues in the tri-state area.  These performances are FREE and open to the public.  The cast features six actors from CSC Resident Ensemble.  Following the Park Tour, these shows will travel and tour to local schools, community centers, venues and other performing arts locations through June 2018.  Last year, CSC’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park tour had over 10,000 people in attendance!

The FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour kicks off what promises to be a banner year for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company as they prepare to open the brand new Otto M. Budig Theater at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in OTR with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on September 8, 2017.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is constantly working to expand their reach further and further into the region and has one of the largest programs for free outdoor Shakespeare in the nation, both in number of stops and the size of the region reached.

For a complete list, including show titles and info on the venues, visit this page:  

Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required.  All performances are open to all and are general admission, open seating.  Arriving early is typically recommended for best seating and lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.  For questions regarding inclement weather or for details and rules regarding outside food and drink (including or excluding alcohol), please contact the individual parks and venues.


Production Information:

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare
How do you con a conman? You beat him at his own game, of course! That’s the lesson learned by Shakespeare’s legendary comedic cad, Sir John Falstaff, as he tries to remedy his financial woes by chasing two happily married women–using the same scam at the same time. But it’s not long before these witty wives sniff out his scheme, turning the tables on their would-be wooer and illustrating emphatically that “wives may be merry and yet honest too.”

ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare
One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare’s canon, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of the Bard’s star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families. In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends, and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risk everything to be together. CSC is proud to present this modern production of Romeo and Juliet and prove its continued relevance in the lives of the young and old alike.

Both shows are suitable for children and families of all ages and are approximately 90 minutes in length with an intermission.


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  Located in OTR, CSC produces a 8-12 mainstage productions each season as well a FREE Shakespeare in the Park and other Education and Outreach tours.

In September 2017, CSC will open a new theatre- The Otto M. Budig Theater- at 12th and Elm Streets, in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. The new facility incorporates space for modern theatrical technology, increased seating capacity and lobby, expanded education and community outreach opportunities, as well as on-site production areas and administrative offices. The theatre is the “finale” of the “Classical Arts Corridor” connecting Music Hall, Memorial Hall, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and Washington Park.

CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reached over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2014, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics! 

About The 2017-2018 Season:
This season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation and is supported, in part, by the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at


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