Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park is nestled in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San José. The park covers 18 acres and features a grass amphitheater and stage. In 2013, the City of San José added an electrical infrastructure to support Silicon Valley Shakespeare performances in the park. We hope you enjoy your visit.
The stage is at the western end of the park, closest to Meridian Avenue.
GPS often points to the eastern end of the park; please plan accordingly.
Parking and Public Transportation
There is one small parking lot available at Willow Street Park.
Additional parking is available on the streets of the surrounding neighborhood. Please park responsibly, and with respect for our neighbors.
We encourage you to take advantage of public transportation. Willow Street Park is located close to VTA Local Bus Routes 25 and 63 and Express Bus Line 103, as well as the Virginia Light Rail Station and the Tamien CalTrain Station.
There is no formal seating at Willow Street Park. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. You will want to bring a blanket or low-back folding chair. Due to the steep grade of the amphitheater, most guests are more comfortable on a blanket or cushion.
The front, center section between the truss posts is reserved for blankets only. Low-backed chairs may be placed to the sides of either post or towards the back of center. Maximum chair height is 25 inches. If you have medical issues that require a taller chair, please place it near the back or on the sides to keep from obstructing the view of other guests.
SVS Members can bring their membership card to the concession tent to pick up their free cushion and blanket rental. Visitors are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at any of the park’s many picnic tables, or in the bowl of the amphitheater.
Concessions are available one half hour before show time, through the end of intermission. Available items include prepackaged snacks, water, a variety of sodas, and wine. Silicon Valley Shakespeare merchandise is also available.
Full indoor restrooms and hand-washing stations are available in the park. Restrooms are on the other end of the tennis courts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time are the performances?
Performances in Willow Street Park begin at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 7pm on Thursdays and Sundays.
How much are tickets?
Productions at Willow Street Park are free to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors. The actors will “pass the hat” at the end of each performance for those who can and wish to make a donation. The suggested donation is $10 per adult. Checks can be made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare. Donations may also be made with Visa or MasterCard at the concessions tent.
How long do the plays run?
Typically, a play will last approximately two and half hours, and will include a 15 minute intermission.
What is the seating situation?
Willow Street Park features a grassy bowl on which to place a blanket or low-backed chair. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets, however, blankets will be available for rent in the concession stand. Members enjoy free blanket and cushion rentals. NEW POLICY: We will be dedicating specified space in the center for blankets only; low-backed chairs must remain in a new dedicated area behind the blankets. Chairs with height in excess of 25″ can only be set up in the rear and on the sides in designated areas. Chair heights and locations must be strictly enforced to ensure the enjoyment of the performance for everyone.
Is the seating reserved?
Seating is not reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to arrive early and claim your seats with a blanket and enjoy a picnic in the park.
What is the parking situation?
Willow Street Park features a small parking lot and there is street parking surrounding the park. Additional parking is available in the neighborhood. Please be considerate of our neighbors when parking your car.
We encourage you to take advantage of public transportation. Willow Street Park is located close to VTA Local Bus Routes 25 and 63 and Express Bus Line 103, as well as the Virginia Light Rail Station and the Tamien CalTrain Station. Public transportation schedules are available here.
Can I drop my child off at the park and pick him or her up after the show?
Small children must be supervised at all times. If your child is a teenager, they may choose to attend on their own or with friends. Silicon Valley Shakespeare will accept no responsibility for any child left unattended.
Will there be food available at the show?
We have a concessions stand where you can purchase snacks, wine, water, and cold beverages.
Can we bring a picnic?
Of course! There are several areas in the park to enjoy a picnic before the show.
Are these shows appropriate for children?
We pride ourselves on providing entertainment for the entire family. Due to graphic content inherent in many of Shakespeare’s works, we recommend parents familiarize themselves with the play and determine if it is appropriate for your particular child. To assist parents, we have provided a rating system for our productions based on the popular rating system for video gaming. You can find this information on the page for this production.
What about dogs?
As long as they are well socialized, on a leash, and you tend to them just as you would in any public setting, they are welcome.
Is Shakespeare in the Park a dress-up affair?
Not at all! The performance takes place outdoors. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for your safety walking to and from your seat (high heels are not a good choice). The weather can change quickly, so we recommend you bring something warm to put on later in the evening. If you want to bring/wear a hat, we request you bring one that won’t obstruct someone else’s view.