Shakespeare in the Park

The 23rd Season of FREE Performances!


WEATHER UPDATE for Friday August 30

Partly cloudy but no chance of rain and a delightful breeze makes this a great night to see a play. We'll see you in the park!

Love's Labour's Lost, Shakespeare in the Park 2018

Tuesday - Sunday (No Mondays)Music starts at 7:30
Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Performed in Edgerton Park

Plan Your Visit >
Meet the Artistic Team >
Synopsis > 


A Tale of Love…for big ideas, for delicious words, and for that special someone! 

The King of Navarre has sworn to give up the pleasures of the world for serious study and contemplation. But when the Princess of France arrives, exuberant frivolity triumphs over studious drudgery and the whole town erupts in pursuit of what (and who) they love! 

But how often do we fall short of our ideals! What happens when we fail to listen? Love can still win, but a price must be paid…

By popular demand, Elm Shakespeare returns to the less well-known plays.  Chock full of witty wordplay, music, dance and riotous mishaps, Love’s Labour’s Lost marks the start of Shakespeare’s most lyrical comedies.  Set at the dawn of Jazz with live music before and throughout the performance, Elm’s production promises to be as luscious in language and look as Edgerton Park itself, while posing questions about consent, class, and a woman’s role in the political arena. A treat for the whole family, Love’s Labour’s Lost promises riotous mishaps, quirky characters, and another great summer of theater under the stars - free for everyone.

Plan Your Visit


Do I need tickets?  Where’s my seat?
No Tickets are needed!
Sorry - No reservations!
Seating is Open on the grass of the great lawn
Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets
Blanket-Only Seating down front 

When should we arrive?
6:30 – Best seats & parking available
            Bring a picnic & enjoy!
7:30 – Live Music by the Cast begins
8:00 - Performance (2 hours, no intermission)

Directions & Parking
Great Lawn in the Center of Edgerton Park
Edgerton Park - off Whitney Ave at Hamden Border
75 Cliff Street, New Haven, CT 06511
There are several entrances - Edgehill Road, Opposite Edgehill Terrace, and on Cliff Street
Parking is along the streets just outside of the park, please do not drive into the park unless you have a Handicap Parking Tag

What about the weather?
We perform if at all possible, and will make rain cancellation decisions at 6:00 pm on the day of the performance.  In the event performance are cancelled due to inclement weather - updates are posted on the home page of the website, our Facebook page, our outgoing Phone Message.

Special mobility needs?
If needed, drop-off and/or handicap parking is available directly into the park on paved roads through the entrance on Edgehill Road, but traveling over grass is difficult to avoid in the audience. Please arrive early, if you need these accomodations.

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Public transportion options?
Bus:  J line (bus service usually ends before the performance ends)
Bike:  Map
Walk: Only 30 minutes from Yale University
Taxi: Uber, Lyft, Metro Taxi, Zipcar

Will there be restrooms?
Portable toilets are available on the Cliff Street side of the lawn near the Green House

Can I bring my pet?
Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

Our union affiliation prohibits any photography or video of the actual performance, but we encourage you to take that selfie before or after the show and share your experience on social media.

Is there any food available?
Elm City Kettle Corn will be available most evenings selling popcorn and water. 

Is the performance kid friendly?
YES!  We get lots of feedback that even with short attention spans, kids are often “rapt with wonder” for the entire performance.  That said, Shakespeare does explore adult themes, but our staging will be appropriate for all ages with lots of music and theatricality to keep the whole family engaged. 

Meet the Artistic Team


*member of Actors Equity Association



The King of Navarre and his three friends, Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville all take a vow to concentrate on only their studies for a period of three years, which means abstaining from all distractions like sleep, good food and of course, women!  So, the King passes a decree prohibiting the presence of women in both the court and town. However, these idealistic plans are immediately thrown into disarray when the Princess of France and her three ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission! To keep their oath, the King must make the ladies camp out in a field next to the court, but the distance does little to thwart the young men's (and ladies’) instant attraction.

In town, the flamboyant Spanish visitor to court Don Adriano de Armando has been tasked with punishing the fool Costard for being found in the company of a young Dairy maid Jacquanetta, a girl for whom he too holds affection! In spite of the warnings by his young page Moth (pronounced Mote, because she's tiny like a spec of dust), he gives in and becomes the epitome of the poetic lover.  Soon all the men are secretly pining for their loves, but when letters go awry and protestations are overheard, everyone must admit their oath is broken.

With their hypocrisy revealed, the boys give up their lofty goals and begin an all out assault to win the women’s hearts. The women enjoy mocking the men almost as much they enjoy wooing.  The frivolity grows more and more, culminating in a hilarious amateur pageant by local citizenry.  

The party comes to an abrupt end, however, when the Princess receives news of her father’s death and must return immediately to assume the thone. Everyone’s romantic future is thrown into question. Will the couples follow through on their vows of commitment, or will their love be lost forever?