RSVP for free below

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring comedian Russell Peters for the summer 2024 Uptown Shakespeare in the Park.


This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports audiences to the height of the Harlem Renaissance, where four young lovers, a troupe of rude mechanicals, and mischievous fairies find themselves entangled in a web of romantic chaos within a mystical forest.


Having sold-out arenas around the world, including MSG and Barclays Center, this performance will mark Peters’ stage and Shakespearean debut. The full cast announcement will be shared later this Spring. This production was made possible by the generous support of Wendell Pierce.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Carl Cofield

Choreographed by Dell Howlett

Starring Russell Peters as Nick Bottom



July 6-28, Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 PM



Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem


Rain Policy:

CTH shows go on rain or shine, so it’s always best to assume the show will perform as scheduled. In the event of rain, the start of the performance may be delayed; however, the performance will begin as soon as it is possible to do so. Performances may also pause for sudden changes in weather, but will resume as soon as weather permits. We will only cancel in extreme weather conditions, and will post alerts on our website and on social media with as much notice as possible.

We are grateful for the support provided by

In partnership with City Council.

New York City Council Members Shaun Abreu & Kristin Richardson Jordan

ford foundation
harlem community development corporation

In partnership with the NYC & Company Foundation


Actors Equity Foundation, Aegon Transamerica, the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Blue Coat Philanthropic Fund, the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Fordi Family Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Hurlock Marketing Enterprises, the Diana King Memorial Fund presented by the Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation, Loeb & Loeb, Lucille Lortel Foundation, the Mac & Bob Charitable Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, Miranda Family Fund, Netflix, New York Life Foundation, Nikko Asset Management, Rainbow Sandals Foundation, SHS Foundation, The Society, Inc. Renaissance Chapter, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, and City Council Members Shaun Abreu, and Kristin Richardson Jordan. The work of The Classical Theatre of Harlem is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


In honor and loving memory of Andre Braugher and his wife Ami Brabson, our classmate and friend from the 1988 NYU Graduate Acting class.

Augusta Allen-Jones

Ron Bottitta

Teagle F. Bougere

Ethan Bowen

Andrew Colteaux

Eliza Foss

Marcia Gay Harden

Krista Huston

Meghan Rose Krank

Rob LaBelle

Andrea Bahman McCook

Bill Mondy

Susan Norman

Gary Dean Ruebsamen

Laura Sametz

Craig Stearns

Timothy Thomas

Oliver Wadsworth