Going to the annual “Shakespeare in the Park” shows in Central Park is on most New Yorkers’ summer bucket lists, if they’re lucky enough to snag tickets.
Sadly the tradition was completely canceled last year due to the pandemic, but The Public Theater has just announced it will be making a comeback for summer 2021!
“We have spent the last year getting ready,” the announcement on their website read. “We have been producing new work and preparing a safe return. We’ve grieved, Zoomed, innovated, supported our communities, and connected our city. We’ve gathered brilliant artists to imagine summer under the stars in Central Park and are planning a return of Free Shakespeare in the Park.”
They were set to show Richard II last year, but instead this summer they will be performing Merry Wives,”a fresh and joyous adaptation by Jocelyn Bioh of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.” It will play from July 5 through August 29.
According to the description on the website, the new rendition of the play will be set in South Harlem, chronicling the stories in a community of West African immigrants. It will be “a celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality. A New York story about the tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the City.”
A tradition for almost 60 years in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Shakespeare in the Park brings distinguished theater performances for FREE to the New York masses.
The performance schedule and ticketing info. will be revealed over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Of course, it will being organized with the City and health experts to make sure all proper safety measures are maintained.
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