From his sharp wit, profound devotion to language and characters which resound with contemporary audiences, Shakespeare's legacy is felt from the high school classroom to the nerdy fantasies of true love. After a busy life of 38 plays and 154 sonnets, the Bard has made an indelible mark on our minds and hearts.
We've made a roundup of various cities to see Shakespeare in the Park this summer, so get ready for fireflies, picnic baskets, and the magic of the theater:
Why wait for the summer if you can start seeing Shakespeare now? The Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents "Timon of Athens" (directed by Barbara Gaines and starring Ian McDiarmid) at the Courtyard Theater from April 24 - June 10, 2012.
If crowds aren't your thing you can always stop into "The Merry Wives" of Windsor" or "Coriolanus" in a New York parking lot!
Also, don't forget the Public Theater's 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park takes place this June in Central Park, beginning with "As You Like It" (directed by Daniel Sullivan). There's also the powerhouse duo of Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep, who will star in "Romeo and Juliet" on June 18th. We'll see you around the break of dawn at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the performance, waiting for free tickets like the theater geek you are...
Last but certainly not least: Shakespeare Dallas fires up this June with "Twelfth Night." Don't miss this midsummer madness if you're in the area.
Enjoy the theater this summer, everyone!
In this undated theater image released by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Simon Callow performs in "Being Shakespeare" a new play by Jonathan Bate presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music at the BAM Harvey in New York. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Academy of Music, Stephanie Berger)
Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall speak with a local theatre troupe that carries Prince Hamlet during a visit to Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is set, in Elsinore, Denmark, on Monday, March 26, 2012.
Tourists walk in the gradens of William Shakespeare's birthplace on April 10, 2012 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. With only a few months to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Britain's tourist industry is hoping to benefit from the influx of athletes, officials and visitors. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Kevin Kline will play Romeo opposite Meryl Streep's Juliet for a one-night-only staged reading of Shakespeare's play in Central Park. The Public Theater said Tuesday that Streep and Kline will combine on June 18 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Shakespeare in the Park series. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, file)
Actors plays scenes from Shakespeare to tourists in the garden of William Shakespeare's birthplace on April 10, 2012 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. With only a few months to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Britain's tourist industry is hoping to benefit from the influx of athletes, officials and visitors. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Artist Tom de Freston sits with his painting entitled 'Elizabeth Siddal as Ophelia', based upon Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet and commissioned by the British Shakespeare Association, in the Pallant House Gallery on March 6, 2012 in Chichester, England. The work, which is officially unveiled on March 9, 2012, coincides with 2012 being the year of the World Shakespeare Festival. Contemporary history painter Tom de Freston's paintings often are inspired by subjects from drama and literature. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Dancers of the Badora Dance Company perform on the stage of the National Dance Theatre in Budapest on December 20, 2011 during their rehearsal of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', choreographed by Hungarian Dora Barta. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images
TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Mariano Andrade, US-art-theater Members of the New York Classical Theatre Company act at Battery Park in New York on July 19, 2011, during a performance of William Shakespeare's play Henry V. The audience takes part in the play as soldiers of King Henry V as they board their ship at the park to 'invade France.' The plays runs though July 24. Photo by Mariano Rolando Andrade/AFP/Getty Images
A woman dressed up as a clown looks at the stage before performing in 'The Winters' Tale' by Shakespeare in front of the National Theatre during the 9th World Shakespeare congress in Prague on July 18, 2011. Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images
French comedian Lorant Deutsch performs an adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' play by William Shakespeare, directed by Nicolas Briançon on June 9, 2011 at the Chateau du Plessis-Macé, near the French western city of Angers, as part of the opening of the Festival d'Anjou.
Correction: In a previous version of this article, we stated that "Timon of Athens" is being produced by Being Shakespeare. It is, in fact, produced by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. We regret the error.