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), Prospect Park (30 acres), Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center, 150,000 square feet), Governors Island and Fort Jay (35 acres).

All performances are free and include Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov and plays by such comparatively modern masters as George Bernard Shaw. Open rehearsals take place in each venue. The company's epic production of William Shakespeare's Henry V, began in Battery Park (England) and, via a ferryboat courtesy of Statue Cruises, took the audience across the New York Harbor (English Channel) to Governors Island (France). [1]

New York Classical Theatre serves more than 15,000 each year. [2] To date, the company has presented 33 productions and played to over 150,000 people.

Stephen Burdman is the founder and artistic director. [3] [4] [5]


  1. ^ [1] Two Islands Are a Stage, and All Are Actors, Neil Genzlinger, July 12, 2011, The New York Times.
  2. ^ [2], Free Outdoor Shakespeare..., Zachary Stewart, June 17, 2014, Theatermania.
  3. ^ [3], Roving in the Park With Those Restless Russian Bohemians, Anita Gates, June 3, 2013, The New York Times.
  4. ^ [4], Shakespeare Troupe Dispenses Folderol in the Battery, Anita Gates, July 5, 2012, The New York Times.
  5. ^ [5] Panoramic Henry V Brought From Castle Clinton To Governors Island, W.M. Akers, July 5, 2011, The New York Observer.

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