Experience live theatre in our new home in the heart of Santa Cruz.

All Santa Cruz Shakespeare performances are at The Audrey Stanley Grove at DeLaveaga Park.

Come early and enjoy the full outdoor theatre experience! Bring your own picnic, or food, beverages, and desserts are available for purchase.

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 with fewer than 4 people 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.

Directions to The Grove

The Grove is located in Upper DeLaveaga Park at 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

From Santa Cruz:

  • Take North Branciforte Avenue toward Upper DeLaveaga Park/Golf Course. North Branciforte Avenue veers to the right and uphill.
  • Take the first left turn, following sign to “Golf Course,” onto Upper Park Road.
  • Continue on Upper Park Road and drive past the DeLaveaga Golf Course & Lodge located on your right.
  • Drive past the pond (located on the right) and take the second right past the Lodge.

From Hwy 17:

  • Merge onto CA-1 South from CA-17
  • Take exit 440 to Morrissey Blvd.
  • Turn right on Fairmount Ave.
  • Turn right on North Branciforte Avenue toward Upper DeLaveaga Park/Golf Course. North Branciforte Avenue veers slightly to the right and uphill.
  • Take the first left turn, following sign to “Golf Course,” onto Upper Park Road.
  • Continue on Upper Park Road and drive past the DeLaveaga Golf Course & Lodge located on your right.
  • Drive past the pond (located on the right) and take the second right past the Lodge.

From points South:

  • On CA-1 North, take exit 440 for Morrissey Blvd.
  • Continue on Morrissey OVER Highway One to Fairmount Ave.
  • Turn right on Fairmount Ave.
  • Turn right on North Branciforte Avenue toward Upper DeLaveaga Park/Golf Course. North Branciforte Avenue veers slightly to the right and uphill.
  • Take the first left turn, following sign to “Golf Course,” onto Upper Park Road.
  • Continue on Upper Park Road and drive past the DeLaveaga Golf Course & Lodge located on your right.
  • Drive past the pond (located on the right) and take the second right past the Lodge.

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Reserved Premium          Classic seating
These seats are reserved and are a mix of premium custom benches that seat two (don’t worry, you get your own arm rest!) and single chairs. Bring along your own seat cushion if you like, or cushions are available for rent.
General admission “Groundling” seating
Bring your own blanket or low-back beach chair (no more than 26″ off the ground). Beach chairs also are available for rental for $3 each.
Special Needs
Handicapped-accessible seating and assisted listening devices available. There is also a mix of accessibility seats available throughout the theatre. View our seating map when you purchase tickets for “W” (wheelchair) and “C” (companion) seating.

Early Entry – 60 minutes prior to the scheduled performance time
The Early Entry line is only available to SCS Members, as well as larger groups that have made arrangements through our group sales office.

Want to get in the Early Entry line? Become a member now!

General Entry – 45 minutes prior to the scheduled performance time
General entry is first-come, first-served, so the earlier you get in line, the better spot you’ll get if seating Groundling. Some patrons line up as much as two hours in advance to get their preferred spot!

beach_chairGroundling Seating: Groundling seating is general admission. If you have a Groundling/General Admission ticket, you can sit on a blanket or a low-height beach chair. The beach chair must measure no more than 26 inches from the ground to the top of the chair. Blankets and beach chairs are available for rental prior to performance for $3.

Seat Cushions, Beach Chairs, and Blankets Rentals
Seat Cushions and Beach Chairs (low height) are available for a $3 rental prior to performance. Beach chairs can be used for groundling box seating, and cushions are available for any seats in the house. This year, SCS is pleased to share we’re partnering with the Soroptimist of Capitola, and partial proceeds from the rentals will support their scholarships for women and girls.

For concessions information, see the above tab.

Weather
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. We do, however, have a policy if such a situation were to occur.

Is the 2016 Festival season suitable for children?
Children age 6 and above are welcome to attend our performances; no children under age 6 please. 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. For A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we offer a free groundling youth ticket (ages 6-18) with each purchase of an adult groundling ticket.

Coffee and desserts are offered by My Cupcake Corner and are available for purchase pre-show and during intermission.

Bring your own food and/or beverage to picnic before the show in either the picnic table area or at your seat in The Grove.

Plan Your Visit

Our Community Partners extend discounts and special offers to our Patron and higher level members, stop by their shops for great deals on shopping, dining out, wine and beer tastings or book a room at a discount rate for a fun weekend with Santa Cruz Shakespeare!