Shakespeare in the Park
One of Asheville’s most cherished gems, the Montford Park Players is North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare theatre company. For over forty years they have provided quality productions of classic drama featuring local actors with the support of local technicians.
Montford Park Players’ Shakespeare in the Park productions are held in an informal outdoor setting at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay Street, in in the Montford Community Center Complex near downtown Asheville. Shows start at 7:30 pm on Fridays through Sundays unless otherwise noted.
The performances are free to attend! However, donations of $10 to $15 per person are encouraged. Chair rentals are available for $5. The outdoor setting is perfect for picnics, and concessions are also available.
2021 Shakespeare in the Park Schedule
- May 28-June 19: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- June 25-July 24: Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- July 9-18 at 5:30 pm: Merry Wives of Windsor*
- July 30-Aug. 28: The Sword in the Stone
- Aug. 6-15 at 5:30 pm: Richard III*
- Sept. 3-Oct. 17: Macbeth & Pericles
- Oct. 22-31: Living Dead in Denmark
* Presented by The Montford Moppets. Please note, that all of these festivities will be held on the grounds of the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre and are outdoors. Although MPP will provide patio heaters, they ask that you dress very warmly and bring any items or drinks that will help your entire day be filled with warmth.
Bring an umbrella! The amphitheater offers no covered seating, so you should be prepared if a light rain happens to cover the area. While weather cancellations do occur, they are usually limited to heavy thunderstorms.
Find your seat early. If you love being close to the action, be sure to arrive early! You can also reserve tickets (and comfortable chairs) online. However, the amphitheater provides excellent views and acoustics regardless of where you are, so don’t worry if you happen to arrive a bit late.
Take a picnic and cooler. Outside food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, are allowed at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre! They also sell salty and sweet snacks and beer and wine. Guest vendors such as The Hop are frequently found throughout the season as well.
Carry bug spray. Bugs can be an issue on many summer nights, so come prepared to protect yourself and your family with bug spray.
Parking is free. There are multiple parking lots located just outside the outdoor amphitheater
Conveniently located in the heart of the Historic Montford District of Asheville, North Carolina, the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre is easy to get to and accessible from I-240 and I-26. And, it’s just a short drive down Montford Avenue from downtown. Plug in “Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St., Asheville, North Carolina 28801” to your GPS for directions from your location.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit that strives to bring performances to people of all means, the company’s support comes from audience donations, playbill advertisements, and various contributions from local businesses and patrons. The actors and technicians of the Montford Park Players are all volunteers and in any given year, about two hundred people donate their time, talent, and expertise to the productions. You can provide financial support at MontfordParkPlayers.org/donate/.
Call (828) 254-5146 or visit www.montfordparkplayers.org for more information.