In 2017, the City of Cupertino brings San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
to Memorial park as they celebrate 35 years as the Bay Area’s acclaimed
provider of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and education
programs. For this historic year, SF Shakes will present Hamlet for the first time at Free Shakespeare in the
22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and August 4, 5, 6
Memorial Park Amphitheater
The play, about the questionable succession of King Claudius
to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly about
disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times.
Hamlet is torn between revenging his father’s murder and going along quietly
with the new regime, including his mother Queen Gertrude. Finding an ally in
the audience, he shares his inner turmoil in a series of soliloquies which have
become familiar all over the world – from “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave
am I” to “To be or not to be” to “How all occasions do inform against me."
Bring a picnic, a
blanket, and the whole family to enjoy FREE professional theatre at Cupertino’s
Memorial Park Amphitheatre. Don’t miss our Green Show, a half hour before
showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages!"
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
limit the use of blankets and towels for the purpose of saving space.
is limited. Please carpool when possible. Park at the Quinlan Community Center
(10185 N. Stelling Rd.) or at the Cupertino Senior Center (21251 Stevens Creek
Blvd.). The Senior Center parking lot entrance is located on Mary Ave.
skip the drive? Check out the Cupertino Bikeways Map.
over 21 years old may bring their own Beer/Wine (hard alcohol is NOT allowed).
Beer/Wine must be accompanied with a picnic meal.
do not bring portable BBQs to the event. Please no large tables...space is at a
premium for spectators.
are responsible for supervising their children at all times. Please do not let
your children play on the fountain railing or in the pond.
must be led by a leash of suitable strength and not more than six feet in
length; and the owner shall be responsible for any damage caused, in any event,
by such dog, even if on a leash. Owners must clean up after their dogs at all
History of Shakespeare in the Park:
Shakespeare in the Park
began in 1983, with its debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park,
San Francisco. It is now one of the major free Shakespeare programs in the
nation. This program provides an opportunity for everyone to see high quality,
professional theater free of charge and is held at the Memorial Park
Amphitheater, located at Stevens Creek Blvd & Anton Way in Cupertino.