When: Tuesday, May 24 - Saturday, June 26, 2016 (The Taming of the Shrew)
Tuesday, July 19 - Saturday, August 14, 2016 (Troilus and Cressida)
Hot Spot: Delacorte Theater in Central Park, NYC
Deets: Free Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event that is held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. It is produced by The Public Theater, and attendance is free, provided that guests wait in line for tickets on the day of the performance.
Shakespeare in the Park includes two productions over the course of the summer, and one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions:
The New York Times called Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Henry IV “a celebration of the metamorphic wonder of live stage acting.” This summer, the Tony nominated director turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take.
Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart.
Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Cymbeline) returns to Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks.
In the 7th year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve - debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.
Hint For The Average Socialite: Free tickets are available for every public performance, with seating locations in every section of the theater.
Become a Summer Supporter by making a fully tax-deductible contribution of $200 or more and as thanks for your gift you’ll enjoy reserved seating at the Delacorte. Only a limited number of reserved seats are available for each performance. Locations are designated by giving level, the date your order was received, and are subject to availability.
In addition to reserved seats, Summer Supporters enjoy all the benefits of Membership at The Public's downtown home at Astor Place, including savings on tickets, a discount on food and drinks, and early access to seats before they go on sale to the general public!