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, and a variety of sodas. 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?
All performances in Willow Street Park begin at 7pm.
How much are tickets?
Productions at Willow Street Park and Central Park are free to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors.
The actors “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. If you leave the performance early (e.g. you brought younger children), there is a donation box at our Services tent.
How long do the plays run?
Performances run approximately 2 hours to 2 hours and 20 minutes, including 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. The lower-center area is blankets-only; low-backed chairs can be used farther up the hill. Chairs over 25 inches high are allowed in the rear and on the sides.
We suggest that you bring your own chairs and blankets, through blankets are available for rent in the concession stand. Many SVS members enjoy free blanket and cushion rentals.
Is the seating reserved?
Seating is not reserved and is available on a first come, first served basis. A special section in the middle is reserved, until the performance begins, for certain SVS members. Feel free to arrive early and claim your seats with a blanket and enjoy a picnic in the park.
What about parking?
Willow Street Park has a small parking lot, and street parking surrounding the park. Additional parking is available in the neighborhood. Please be considerate of our neighbors when parking.
We encourage you to use public transportation. Willow Street Park is near VTA Local Bus Routes 25 and 63 and Express Bus Line 103, and the Virginia Light Rail Station and the Tamien CalTrain Station. See the public transportation schedules.
Can I drop my child off at the park and pick up after the show?
Yes. However, Silicon Valley Shakespeare is not responsible for any unattended children.
Will there be food available at the show?
We have a concession stand where you can purchase snacks, wine, water, and cold beverages.
Note: As of 2017, wine will not be sold at SVS performances at Willow Street Park. Alcohol is not permitted at these performances.
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 provide entertainment for the entire family, and our free park productions are intended to be family friendly. There is graphic content in several of Shakespeare’s plays, so we suggest that parents familiarize yourselves with the play and determine if it is appropriate for your child. We provide a Family Rating system.
What about dogs?
Well-socialized dogs on a leash are welcome. Please tend to them as you would in any public setting.
Is Shakespeare in the Park a dress-up affair?
Not at all! We recommend shoes that have good footing so you can comfortably walk to and from the theatre area. The weather can change quickly, so we suggest bringing something warm for later in the evening. Any hats should not obstruct someone else’s view.