Travel & Tickets

We at Smith Street Stage would like to make your visit as hassle free as possible, whether you’re coming to see Shakespeare in Carroll Park or visiting us at one of our favorite rental theaters for an indoor production. Below, we will do our best to illustrate how best to attend our shows and reserve seats (see notes and instruction below), but should you have any additional questions, please email Beth at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Lear: That old man i used to know

The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre
A.R.T. / New York Theatres

502 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019


Bringing FREE Shakespeare to Carroll Park since 2010


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No Tickets Needed for Shakespeare in Carroll Park. It’s FREE and you and your family may attend as many times as you wish. We do, however rely on your donations to keep this program FREE and of the highest quality. Consider donating or becoming a monthly subscriber today. All donations are tax deductible 501c3


The forecasts are constantly changing, especially in June, but we always prepare to perform because you never know when a stormy afternoon will lead to one of the most beautiful evenings of the summer. We almost never cancel due to rain, but if we must, we will post updates on Facebook & Instagram.


We supply 100 chairs that we set up nightly for our audience. Those chairs get snatched up fast though, especially at the end of the run or on beautiful summer days, so we advise that audience members wanting to use our folding chairs arrive 30 minutes before the start of the performance.

Carroll Park is mostly cement, so if you plan to sit on the ground, we advise bringing something soft to sit on. You may also bring your own folding chairs and we’ll find a spot for you join the audience.


The closest subway station is the F/G Carroll Stop. If you need an elevator, we advise that you use the one at Jay Street Metro-tech (elevator located on northeast corner of Jay and Willoughby Streets).


There are 2 bathrooms on either side of the Park House labeled Men’s & Women’s. They will both be available throughout the performance, and are wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The park itself is wheelchair accessible, but the neighboring subway (F/G Carroll) is not. If you need an elevator, we advise that you use the one at Jay Street Metro-tech (elevator located on northeast corner of Jay and Willoughby Streets). Also, as we set chairs out for each performance, please let us know if you’d like us to remove chairs so that you can get the best view of the performance. Please email us at and let us know 24 hours in advance so we can alert our production team.


We have always found that there is ample parking right next to the park on Carroll Street. It’s a school zone and during the school day the parking on that street is restricted, so normally by 5:30/6 o’clock it is fairly empty. President Street can be more challenging to find a spot, but Carroll shouldn’t be a problem for people arriving 6:30/7 for a performance.


Car Service

Our Favorite Restaurants (pre & post show)

Avlee Greek Kitchen

Brooklyn Social

Bar Great Harry

Court Pastry Shop

East One Coffee Roasters

Fat Daddy/Layla Jones

Henry Public

Joe Coffee Company

Smith & Vine

Stinky Brooklyn