King Lear

Tuesday, July 22 - Sunday, August 17
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

All performances begin at 8pm

Revenge, rage, grief and delusion thunder upon the Delacorte as Tony® and Emmy® Award winner John Lithgow takes the stage as one of theater’s great tragic heroes, KING LEAR. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs Shakespeare’s classic drama about a King who loses everything—including his mind—when he disowns his favorite daughter, and finds himself betrayed in return.

New York's most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 52nd season in Central Park's famous Delacorte Theater. Love and madness, laughter and tragedy combine for a uniquely thrilling season of exciting theater and exceptional performances under the stars. Join over 5 million people who have enjoyed The Public Theater's free performances and experience the heights of romance and the depths of duplicity in a setting unlike any other, in the heart of Manhattan.

King Lear calendar

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Featuring Yahya Abdul-Mateen IIAnnette Bening, Jeremy Bobb, Steven Boyer, Andrew BurnapJessica Collins, Glenn Fleshler, Christopher Ghaffari, Ryan-James HatanakaJessica Hecht, Matt HelmSlate Holmgren, Christopher Innvar, Chukwudi Iwuji, Dave KlaskoJohn Lithgow, Clarke Peters, Dale Place, Jay O. Sanders, Phillip Shinn and Eric Sheffer Stevens