“Theatergoers picnic on the lawn, admiring the river and the mountains beyond. And when the performance begins, much more often than not, the cast makes its entrance, in resplendent or witty costumes, striding across that lawn. The characters, seen against an expanse of seemingly untouched nature, create a powerful illusion of transport back to the play’s historical period, just as much as (maybe even more than) big-budget movie scenes.”
– Anita Gates, The New York Times
“...Productions take place in an open-sided tent at the edge of the Hudson River on the grounds of Boscobel...scenery is made up of the waterside views that loom beyond. And no matter what the weather, it always plays its part exquisitely.”
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Built in 1808, saved from destruction in 1955, and reopened to the public as a museum in 1961, Boscobel was deemed "one of the most beautiful homes ever built in America" by former New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.
Today, Boscobel is home to not only the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, but to one of the nation’s leading collections of Federal-period furniture and decorative arts. The mansion, as well as the gardens and grounds, are open to the public by paid admission every day except Tuesday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Tour reservations are not required.
From April through December, Boscobel also offers a variety of ticketed events, such as the Snapping Turtle Walk, Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic, Family Bonfire Night and its 6-night holiday event in December, Sparkle. All events and programs are designed to help Boscobel–a not-for-profit organization–meet its mission of providing visitors with exceptional experiences in the history, culture, and environment of the Hudson Valley.
Boscobel has an extensive Education Program and is also available for weddings and other private rentals. For more information, visit Boscobel.org.
Wednesday through Sunday at 4 PM. To order, call the HVSF Box Office 845-265-9575