Shakespeare in the Park opens another season of the Bard's greats performed in open air at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Created by the late Joseph Papp and presented by the Public, Shakespeare in the Park has endured not just because it's a night of free theater in New York's backyard, but because it's a night of great performances by some of the most talented actors of our day, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Oliver Platt, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.
So loved is Shakespeare in the Park that it has spawned several other companies around the city to mount their own Shakespeare events alfresco, where you'll find performances everywhere from parking lots to community gardens and, of course, other parks. For any theater lover in New York, Shakespeare outdoors is indeed a midsummer night's dream. Here's our full list of free outdoor theater in New York this summer.
This summer, Shakespeare in the Park presents The Tempest and Cymbeline.
When is Shakespeare in the Park?
The Tempest runs from May 27 to July 5 and Cymbeline runs from July 27 through August 23.
Where is Shakespeare in the Park?
Although you'll find free, outdoor Shakespeare in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, nothing beats the Public's offering for historical resonance and amazing casts. The easiest way to get to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park is to enter at 81st Street and Central Park West. Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History.
Click here for details on getting free tickets.