Shakespeare in the Park

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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 Park.


Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh

July 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and August 4, 5, 6
7:30pm, 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!"


  • Parking 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. 
  • Those over 21 years old may bring their own Beer/Wine (hard alcohol is NOT allowed). Beer/Wine must be accompanied with a picnic meal.
  • Parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times. Please do not let your children play on the fountain railing or in the pond.
  • Dogs 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 times.


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.