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Royal Shakespeare Company
King Lear at Lincoln Center

Shakespeare may have famously written that "all the world's a stage," but even the Bard himself would concede that New York is the best place to be for your summer theater fix.

For traditionalists, the Royal Shakespeare Company brings its 44-actor ensemble and set, modeled after the original in Stratford-upon-Avon, to Lincoln Center. From July 6 to August 14, the troupe will perform five plays--As You Like It, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale--with tickets from $40 to $200.

If you prefer more authentic scenery, there's the much-beloved summer tradition of Shakespeare in the Park. This season's slate, running through July 30, includes Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well. Tickets are free, but prepare to line up with your fellow soliloquy seekers (or try your luck online with the Public Theater's new virtual ticketing system).

If you're up for a road trip, check out performances of Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival hosted at the beautiful, 19th-century Boscobel estate in Garrison (through September 4; $33 for adults.)

Make your plans now, before the curtain falls.

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