Experience the Magic.
Nestled in a stunning eucalyptus grove, The Audrey Stanley Grove in Delaveaga Park is the perfect setting for an unforgettable evening with Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s impeccably presented and highly engaging professional theatre.
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We’re partnering with Event Santa Cruz to provide a new refreshment and concessions experience in 2021!
In order to give you a highly satisfying experience for 2021, there will be a rotating series of food vendors and food trucks offering a wide array of refreshments throughout the season. There will be limited pre-show picnic opportunities for you to enjoy on the bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay before the show.
The Grove is located in Upper DeLaveaga Park at 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
501 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Box Office: (831) 460-6399
Yes. More details will be released as we get closer to the season. Our team is working diligently to ensure a safe and fun season for everyone!
The gate to the The Grove venue opens 90 minutes prior to show time, this allows access to parking & picnic areas, wine bar, and concessions partners.
Entry to the theatre will be managed for safety and distancing protocols by seating section. Seating in the theatre will begin no sooner than 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Parking at The Grove couldn’t be easier! Our accessible lot is directly adjacent to our new home. Parking is FREE for carpools of 4 or more. Parking for cars and motorcycles with fewer than 4 people (including those with disability placards) is $5, cash only please. You can also pre-order your parking pass with your ticket order online. There are a number handicapped designated parking spaces as well as a drop-off zone.
Due to current California OSHA guidelines, all groundling seats will be pre-assigned this year to allow for social distancing. There is no need to line up in advance for a groundling spot. If you are seated in the center groundling blanket area, please bring your own blanket/rug to sit on; no low beach chairs may be used in this area. If you are seated in a side groundling box, low beach chairs will be pre-placed for you. Please do not bring your own beach chairs to the theater.
The history of “Groundling” is very interesting. Coined during Shakespeare’s time, “Groundling” refers to people who paid one penny in order to be able to stand in front of the stage to watch the play.
Groundlings were known to be raucous and even throw food at characters they didn’t like. While we don’t encourage that sort of behavior, we do think being a Groundling is a fun way to watch Shakespeare!
Yes! They’re available for rental free of charge. Please check with the box office upon your arrival to reserve a unit for the performance.
Children age 6 and above are welcome to attend our performances; no children under age 6 please except at our All Ages Matinees. While SCS’s summer festival plays are not specifically geared towards children, we do strive to be a theatre that welcomes younger audiences. The plays generally run between two and three hours in length, and you are the best judge of your children’s ability to enjoy each play.
This year, we are offering three matinees that are for patrons that wish to bring any family member of any age. All patrons, regardless of age, need a ticket. However, do note that we do not change artistic content for these productions. You are the best judge of what is appropriate for your children and use your discretion.
Due to COVID safety protocols, rental of these items may not be possible for our 2021 season. We are currently working on a plan to determine if we can provide cushions and chairs for all reserved seating given the reduced capacity in
The Grove. If you tend to get cold in the evening, we suggest you bring appropriate outer wear or your own blanket. Remember to take it with you when go home!
Since this is coastal California, seasoned Shakespeare festival-goers will tell you to be prepared for anything! There will be shade cloth protecting the bulk of theater seating for matinee performances, although hats and sunscreen are still recommended. For evening performances, please dress warmly (and you may wish to bring a blanket), as Santa Cruz evenings can become quite chilly. For the forecast on the day/evening of the performance, check out the Grove’s personal weather station.
Rain Policy: The Festival rarely has had to cancel a performance due to rain and our tickets are non-refundable. We do, however, have a policy if such a situation were to occur. In the unlikely event of rain, if the performance is stopped prior to intermission, we will accommodate a ticket exchange for another performance of the same play (whenever possible). If the performance is interrupted after intermission, there is no guarantee of a ticket exchange.
Our wine bar will be open every performance offering local beer, wine, and cocktails.
We have partnered with local Food Trucks, and Ashby Confections to bring you tasty bites throughout the Season*. Check out our social media platforms for the latest news on concessions at The Grove!
*We cannot guarantee concessions at every performance.