Weather permitting, performances take place in Clark Park. A nine-acre park in the heart of West Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, Clark Park is bounded by Baltimore Avenue, 43rd Street, Woodland Avenue and 45th Street. Shakespeare in Clark Park performs in “The Bowl” area of the park, near the intersection of Chester Avenue and 43rd Street.
Beginning July 31 at 10 pm, Trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 will temporarily divert to 40th and Market Streets. You can take the Market-Frankford Line to 40th Street and take the trolleys from there.
From Center City, any green line subway-surface trolley except the #10 will take you to Clark Park.
If taking the #13 or #34 trolley, get off at 43rd Street. The #13 will drop you off at Chester Avenue. Look to your left -- there we are. The #34 will drop you off at Baltimore Avenue; walk a block south through the park or along 43rd Street to “The Bowl.”
If taking the #36 or the #11, get off at 45th Street and Woodland Avenue; walk north along 43rd Street or 45th Street to “The Bowl.”
If you are coming into the city via regional rail, you can connect to the trolley at Suburban Station or 30th Street Station. Clark Park is also just a short cab ride from 30th Street Station.
Clark Park is located just west of the University of Pennsylvania. For door-to-door directions, please visit Google Maps. There is ample street parking around Clark Park.
FAQs & General Information
What should I bring to Clark Park?
Bring a blanket or a chair. We ask that audience members with chairs sit towards the back so as not to block the view of those on the ground. You are also welcome to bring a picnic, your dog and the whole family! (And don’t forget the bug spray.)
What else is in Clark Park? What’s in the neighborhood?
In addition to over 300 trees, Clark Park has a state-of-the-art playground and a unique life-size statue of author Charles Dickens and one of his most beloved characters, Little Nell of The Old Curiosity Shop. For more information about Clark Park, visit the Friends of Clark Park website. Baltimore Avenue, the main thoroughfare running along the north edge of the park, is home to numerous cafes and restaurants. For more information, visit the University City District website.
Do I need to reserve tickets? How much do tickets cost?
There is no need to reserve tickets. Shows are general admission and you must bring your own blanket or chair. Come early to get the best seats -- but there is always room for more in the park! Shakespeare in Clark Park productions are always free, though donations are accepted.
How long is the show? Is there an intermission?
Our productions run under two hours. There is no intermission.
What happens if it rains?
If Mother Nature isn't on our side, the rain location for The Winter's Tale will be the Main Dining Hall at the University of the Sciences at 600 S. 43rd Street. If the skies are threatening but it is not raining after 5pm, call us at 215-764-5345 for updates. Join our mailing list or like us on Facebook to make sure you get up-to-the-minute information!
Are SCP productions appropriate for kids?
It depends on the show! The Winter's Tale, for example, has a couple of deaths, accusations of adultery, and strong Elizabethan language--but we still found it the perfect show to incorporate kids aged 5-11. Shakespeare wasn't writing with five-year-olds in mind, so parents should use discretion when bringing young children, but Clark Park is a family friendly space that SCP fully respects and embraces.
Are SCP productions accessible to people with disabilities?
Clark Park is accessible to people with disabilities and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-764-5345 for more information.
At this point in time, we are not able to provide ASL interpreters or audio description services, but we are working on it! Please contact us at email@example.com or call 215-764-5345 for more information.