“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, then-Governor of New York Nelson A. Rockefeller called Boscobel "one of the most beautiful houses ever built in America."
Today, Boscobel House and Gardens is considered one of the leading historic house museums in the Unites States. Its Neoclassical mansion holds an exceptional collection of New York furniture from the Federal period. Sited in the Hudson Valley, fifty miles north of Manhattan, Boscobel directly overlooks the Hudson River and West Point.
Open to visitors six days a week from April through December, Boscobel House and Gardens serves the local and international community with guided house tours of its admired interiors, delightful and educational programming for children, lectures by leading experts in design and architecture, unique and inspiring gallery exhibitions, and special events with unparalleled elegance.
For more information, please visit Boscobel.org.
Add a one-hour docent-led tour of this 1808 Federal style mansion to your performance for just $12! Tours are available Wednesday - Sunday at 4:00pm. Book online by adding "Tour of Boscobel" to your ticket order after choosing your seats, or by contacting the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Box Office at 845-265-9575.