Shakespeare 400

The Public Theater is elated to celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy with Free Shakespeare in the Park, beginning in May, as well as other affordable Bard programming at Astor Place and the Delacorte Theater:

Free Shakespeare in the Park

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Featuring Cush Jumbo & Janet McTeer

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Public Works: Twelfth Night

Now in its fourth year, Public Works’ musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT will play for free at the Delacorte, September 2-6, and will be conceived by Kwame Kwi-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Taub and directed by Armah.
Learn more about Public Works: TWELFTH NIGHT.


Mobile Shakespeare Unit: Romeo and Juliet

Downtown at Astor Place, the Mobile Unit’s ROMEO AND JULIET, directed by Lear deBessonet, will play for three weeks from April 11-May 1 following a tour of the five boroughs. Find out more about the Mobile Unit tour, and reserve your tickets to the downtown run!



On Monday, June 6, The Public’s Annual Gala at the Delacorte will be a star-studded one-night-only celebration of Shakespeare’s 400 year legacy. Click here to learn more about The Public Theater Gala 2016.


First Folio


This summer, The Public Theater joins forces with two of the city’s leading cultural institutions, the New-York Historical Society and 92nd Street Y, to share Shakespeare’s First Folio of published work with all of New York. 

As part of a world-wide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is launching a nation-wide tour of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, published in 1623.  The Public, together with the New-York Historical Society and 92nd Street Y, is proud to help present this pivotal and incredibly rare book.

Containing the first published scripts of 36 of Shakespeare’s most famous plays—including HamletMacbeth and As You Like It—the First Folio will be on display at the New-York Historical Society for 6 weeks, beginning June 7.  To celebrate this magnificent book and the playwright who changed the world, 92nd Street Y and the New-York Historical Society will produce a series of events and conversations about the work and world of William Shakespeare.  And the celebration continues in Central Park for one of New York’s most beloved summer traditions, The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park, under the stars at the Delacorte Theater.



Production Photo: Comedy of Errors, The Delacorte Theater, 1967