New York Classical Theatre

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New York Classical Theatre, founded in 2000, performs plays every season throughout New York City’s Central Park (12 acres), Battery Park and historic Castle Clinton (25 acres), the World Financial Center (150,000 square feet) and Governors Island and Fort Jay (35 acres). Using the company's signature staging style, Panoramic TheatreTM, these classical scripts are adapted to the specific landscape of each unique venue, giving the impression that the play is taking place in this location. Additionally, at the end of each scene, audience members follow the actors to a new space in the venue, a technique that a New York Times reviewer praised as “elimination of the stage itself with a modern-dress version of Love’s Labour’s Lost that wanders around a pond in the northwest corner of Central Park.” [1] Show Business Inc. wrote that roving through these public venues “has made theatergoing a more interactive experience, allowing audience members to mingle with actors in a way that traditional venues would not allow.”

All performances are free and include Shakespeare, Restoration drama, and plays by such comparatively modern masters as George Bernard Shaw. Open rehearsals take place in each venue, welcoming passers-by to observe artists transforming timeless works from the written page to a living, dynamic performance. New York Classical also presents free educational family workshops (children age 7-12 and their families) before selected performances. The company's 2010 epic production of William Shakespeare's Henry V, began in Battery Park (England) and, via a free Statue Cruises Ferry, took the audience across the New York Harbor (English Channel) to Governors Island (France). [2]

Stephen Burdman is the founder and artistic director. [3]


  1. ^ Shakespeare, Naturally, by Ben Sisaro, New York times, June 8, 2007
  2. ^ [1] Two Islands Are a Stage, and All Are Actors , Neil Genzlinger, July 12, 2011, The New York Times.
  3. ^ [2] Panoramic Henry V Brought From Castle Clinton To Governors Island, W.M. Akers, July 5, 2011, The New York Observer.

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