Shakespeare at the Green
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I arrive?
For best seating, arrive at least 45-60 minutes before show time, and bring a blanket or lawn chair. Blankets are allowed closest to performance areas. Lawn chairs are allowed at the edges of The Green (so as not to block site lines). Seating on steps and walls around the outskirts of the playing area is permissible. Our new pre-show performance series Festivities will entertain you while you are waiting for the show to begin.
How crowded does it get?
It depends on the day of the week and the weather. Weekends are the busiest, especially if the weather is nice. A sunny Saturday, for instance, will usually bring an over-capacity crowd and those arriving later will have limited sight lines. If you are planning to attend on such a day, please arrive early. For the best seating and a slightly smaller crowd, please join us on a weekday or a cloudy day.
Where is The Green located?
The Green is located across from the Convention Center in Uptown Charlotte. Its street address is 401 S. Tryon Street (between 1st Street and Martin Luther King Drive). Entrance is from either College Street or Tryon Street
Where do I park?
The closest parking is at The Green parking garage (located underneath The Green with entrances on College and Tryon) and in the Three Wachovia parking deck next to The Green (entrance on College). While parking prices vary, the rates are typically no more than $5.
What should I bring?
The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival is a lovely way for family and friends to enjoy live theatre together. Most people prefer to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs along with a picnic to enjoy before or during the show. There will also be a limited selection of cold drinks, beer, wine and food available to purchase from restaurants located at The Green. Since temperatures are unpredictable, a sweater can be handy if the weather cools after sunset. In order to preserve site lines for all audience members, umbrellas or tents are not allowed at The Green.
How much does it cost to see the show?
Thanks to the generous support of our audience and other members of the community the Collaborative Arts presents The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival productions FREE to the public. As you can imagine, these professional shows are expensive to produce, so all donations are greatly appreciated. A suggested minimum donation of $5 per person is encouraged. Members of the company will circulate amongst the audience at intermission and at the end of each show collecting audience donations.
How long is the show?
Our shows usually have a running time of approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission. The Festivities pre-show performances start 45 minutes before each mainstage show and last about 30 minutes.
Is the show appropriate for children?
Yes! All of our shows, especially those at The Green are suitable for all ages. In fact, it’s a great way to introduce children to Shakespeare. Our performance style is very accessible and enjoyable for young people as well as adults.
What about rain?
Summer weather in Charlotte can be quite unpredictable, often with late afternoon rain. However, showers can be brief and we will not cancel a show on account of rain until the last possible minute. Our stage manager will make the decision to cancel a show when she sees that the weather threatens the safety of our audience, cast, or crew. A lined picnic blanket or a lawn chair is recommended for shows following a rain shower.
What if I need assistance with seating, parking or have other special needs?
The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival is committed to making all of its productions accessible to everyone in the community. Reserved parking and seating is available for audience members in wheelchairs or with other special needs. Please call us ahead of time or see our Stage Manager he night of the show for help with these or other special needs you may have.
Are there restrooms at The Green?
Yes, air-conditioned public restrooms are located on both sides of The Green (downstairs under the Ratcliffe condominiums and also next to Fuel Pizza).
What else do I need to know?
- Smoking is not permitted in the audience seating areas.
- Aisles and walkways must be kept clear at all times.
- Well-behaved dogs on leashes are permitted.
- Recording and photography is strictly prohibited.
- Please look after your personal belongings. The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal articles.