Castle Shakespeare

While Shakespeare Downtown’s free performances of “Romeo and Juliet” at Castle Clinton have been canceled for this summer; Bard lovers should fret not, for the New York Classical Theatre is performing “Measure for Measure” inside and outside the grounds of the historic Castle.

Now in its 16th season of free outdoor productions, New York Classical Theatre is performing “Measure for Measure” from July 14 to August 9, Tuesdays through Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. as well as at Brooklyn Bridge Park for some August dates. The company is also putting on “Taming of the Shrew” at Teardrop Park in Battery Park City. Go to www.newyorkclassical.org for more information.

Shakespeare Downtown (www.shakespearedowntown.org) has postponed “Romeo and Juliet” until June of next year. Funding was the issue for the young non-profit Shakespeare Downtown, which needed $35,000 to put on the play at Castle Clinton, Billie Andersson, the company’s artistic director, told us last month.

Andersson started an Indiegogo campaign that raised $5,155 and said in a Thurs., Apr. 30 email, “The only way we could do the play this year is by making extreme compromises. By next year, we hope the extra time will allow us to put on the best production we possibly can.”