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Our Mainstage: Wilcox Park
At The Heart of the Community
Since we held our first Shakespeare in the Park festival in 1991, Downtown Westerly’s historic Wilcox Park has hosted our shows. This remarkable Victorian strolling park and arboretum lies at the center of the Westerly-Pawcatuck community, and is a fitting home for one of the community’s oldest arts traditions.
Our summer productions are performed from a temporary, custom-built stage at the northern end of Wilcox Park. The Park’s grassy basin can accommodate over 10,000 attendees. Many people set down their blankets a few hours ahead of time, order dinner from a Downtown restaurant, and enjoy a picnic meal with family and friends before the show begins.
Summer evenings are special when the Colonial performs Shakespeare in the Park. As the light fades from the sky and the air begins to cool, the show draws you in a little further. We at the Colonial are proud to keep Wilcox Park, the back yard of the community, a place where anyone can gather and experience professional theatre, free of charge