Theatre | The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park
3 June – 17 August
A long-standing tradition in New York City, Free Shakespeare in the Park is brought to you by the Public Theater and was established in 1962 by the theater founder, the late producer and director Joseph Papp, who wanted to create an event that would make excellent theater accessible to everyone. Over the past 52 years, Free Shakespeare in the Park, which is held at Central Park’sDelacorte Theater, has produced over 150 plays and attracted more than 5 million attendees, with past productions featuring actors such as Patrick Stewart and James Earl Jones. This year lovers of Shakespeare can see three-time Tony award winner Jack O’Brien’s production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, starring Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater as Beatrice and Benedick, and his tragic tale of revenge King Lear, starring award-winning actor John Lithgow in the titular role.