Dining with Shakespeare

Available for booking:


Directed by Lecoq master Richard Crawford (Cirque du Soleil/War Horse), this immersive production is available for private booking in the grand dining room of the Players historic club in Manhattan or in your own home.

Who We Are

New Place Players is a traveling, experiential troupe which celebrates the connection of people by combining theatrical performance and dining in a unique pleasurable experience. We transform an existing space into a new place, where full or shorter cabaret productions of Shakespeare are performed as part of a feast at communal tables. Employing his original five-act format and the natural intervals within, the drama, music, and food are each given room to flourish. The fourth wall is gone and the action surrounds and envelops the guests, transporting them through a journey of the senses.

The company is an ensemble of fifteen of the highest caliber professional Equity actors and musicians. We play in clients' homes, clubs, boardrooms, schools, places of worship, restaurants, pubs; indeed in any space where people gather to celebrate. Our audiences range in size from 20 to 150, and the food, inspired by the world of each play, ranges from an exquisite five-course gourmet menu with wine pairings to a hearty simple meal served family style. Our seasoned chefs include Max Hansen (Thomas Keller protégé) and Ross Posmentier (Head Chef at New York Presbyterian's VIP Amenities Unit). We also work with clients' and venues’ own catering teams.

What We Offer

• We perform throughout the Northeast Corridor in event spaces, restaurants, private homes, and Casa Duse, a historic 19th century townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

• A full production of A Midsummer Night's Dream or Twelfth Night with professional Equity actors and live music.

• The performance surrounds and envelops the audience, creating an atmosphere of intimacy and excitement.

Max Hansen (Thomas Keller protégé ) creates a five-course gourmet menu inspired by the world of each play. We can also work with your favorite caterer.

• Several menu budget options available.

• A one hour pre-event consultation in the space is required.

• Professional Equity stage manager assures good communication, maximum efficiency and minimal inconvenience.

Sample Menus

The Tempest



Island Fare

Prospero's Hors D's
Smoked Salmon Tartare on Danish Rye Crisps with a Lemon Caper Crème Fraiche
A Wild Mushroom Tartlet with Fresh Thyme, Roasted Garlic and a Porcini Aioli

Ariel's First
Oven Poached Bronzino
with Caramelized Fennel, Maine Mussels, Fregola Sarda and a Light Saffron Butter Sauce

Caliban's Main
Roasted Venison Loin with a Star Anise and Vanilla Bean Scented Jus
with Roasted Pears and a Yukon Gold and Parsnip Puree
with Baby Kale Sautéed in Brown Butter

Ferdinand's and Miranda's Dessert
Apple Tarts with a Puff Pastry Crisp
and a Brown Sugar Whipped Cream

Sample Menus

A Midsummer Night's Dream



Hippolyta's Hors d'oeuvres
A Roasted Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Tartlet with Fresh Thyme and Garlic
Smoked Salmon Rillettes on Crostini with a Lemon Caper Crème Fraiche

First Course
Hippolyta's Herb Marinated and Grilled Shrimp with an Anchovy Butter
Fregola Sarda and Sautéed Spinach served with Grilled Ciabatta

Second Course
Titania's Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
with Avocado and a Cilantro Oil

Main Course
Bottom's Chianti Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs
Farro Risotto with Shibumi Mushrooms and Sautéed Broccoli Rabe

Salad Course
Puck's Blue Moon Acres Arugula
with Currants, Toasted Pine Nuts, Shaved Reggiano Parmesan Cheese and a Citrus Vinaigrette

The Lovers' Individual Fruit Napoleons
Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries
with Puff Pastry Crisps and a Brown Sugar Whipped Cream

Here's a sample of our shows...

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Private Show in Bucks County

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Private Show in South Hampton

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