Shakespeare and summertime just seem to go together. New Yorkers are fortunate because we have access to two incredible festivals, Shakespeare in the Park, produced by the Public Theater, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel, which begins on June 14. It’s not too soon to get tickets for the upstate version because of its popularity. You can begin your evenings with pre-theater picnicking on the great lawn at Boscobel and enjoy breathtaking views of the Hudson River. (See our story on Boscobel under “Traveling Around”). If you don’t have time to pack a picnic basket, let the staff at the festival do it for you. You can even enjoy wine with your dinner.
Of course the play’s the thing. This season the Hudson Festival will include productions of Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), billed as a “hilarious romp through the complete works” of the Bard. The plays are presented in an open air tent erected on the Boscobel grounds. Boscobel is fifty-five miles from New York City. By train, travel to the Cold Spring Metro North station which offers frequent service from Grand Central. The Bard Bus picks up passengers at the train station and delivers them to the festival, then back after the show.