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GO PUBLIC! Movie in the Parks


"We are the only love gods" | Much Ado About Nothing | Broadway's Best | Great Performances on PBS
Parks across all five boroughs June 29 - September 6, 2024 2 hours and 30 minutes

Free Outdoor Screening of The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production recorded live by THIRTEEN for Great Performances on PBS
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kenny Leon
Choreography by Camille A. Brown

In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks experience The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Captured live from The Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 2019 by THIRTEEN’S Great Performances on PBS, catch Tony Award winner Kenny Leon direct a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication.

Review the Movie In Parks Venue Information page for walking directions from the street to each venue. 


Free Theater. All Are Welcome.

Join Us!

Bring a blanket and snacks, find a great spot on the lawn, and watch MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the great outdoors at locations across all five boroughs. There is no ticket distribution, and a reservation is not required. By clicking “Register To Receive More Information” and indicating your performance date, we can send you a performance reminder, detailed instructions on how to get to the movie site, and exciting content about the show! Let us know you are coming.

Screening Schedule

All screenings are free and open to the public:

  • June 29 – Prospect Park at The Peninsula, Well House Dr (Brooklyn)*
  • July 11 – J. Hood Wright Park Lawn (Manhattan) 

  • July 17 – McCarren Park at Driggs Ave and Lorimer St (Brooklyn)  

  • July 24 – Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park (Brooklyn) 

  • August 2 – Faber Park Recreation Center (Staten Island)

  • August 3 – Queens Night Market at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park (Queens)*

  • August 12 – Frisbee Hill in Central Park at 73rd St (Manhattan)*
  • August 20 – Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park (Manhattan)  

  • August 29 – Baisley Pond Park at Baisley Blvd and 157 St (Queens) 

  • September 6 – Bronx Park East & Brady Avenue in Bronx Park (Bronx) 


*Public Pops Up

Public Theater Pops Up!

As an expansion of MOVIE IN PARKS, on select dates, PUBLIC POPS UP! creates a day of festivities that culminates in the movie screening at dusk! 

Dates and details:

  • June 29 - The Peninsula in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

At 5:30PM, join us for Mobile Unit’s Bilingual Musical Adaptation of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. After the performance, attendees can enjoy food trucks, activities, and live music by composer and songwriter Michael Thurber before a sunset screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at dusk.

  • August 3 - Queens Night Market (Queens)

Starting at 4:00PM, explore the world-famous Queens Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The family-friendly open-air night market boasts up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. This particular evening will feature a performance by the Gentleman Brawlers and other performance artists. The evening will conclude with a screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at dusk.

  • August 12 - Central Park, Frisbee Hill (Manhattan)

On Monday, August 12 from 6:00–7:30PM, Public Works will present LET'S HEAR IT FOR NEW YORK! An Unforgettable Dance Experience, a participatory community-led dance piece to Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind". Following the initiative, there will be a screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at dusk as a part of Central Park Conservancy's 2024 Film Festival, sponsored by National Geographic Partners, LLC.

Calendar Icons

Each date indicates with an icon which borough we'll be for Movie in the Parks:

  • 2425Public_icons_V1_150sq_brookl.png is Brooklyn
  • image5xxo.png is the Bronx
  • 2425Public_icons_V1_150sq_manh.png is Manhattan
  • image72bis.png is Staten Island
  • 2425Public_icons_V1_150sq_queens.png is Queens
  • 2425Public_icons_V1_150sq_queens.pngis Public Theater Pops Up!
Supporter Plus, Partners, and Young Partners Lawn Area Seating

All Supporters Plus, Partners and Young Partners will have access to a reserved lawn area at screenings in Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows Park and Central Park. There is a four (4) guest limit.

To access the reserved lawn area, stop by The Public’s welcome table, present your GoPublic! Members Pass and receive a wristband to access the section.

GO PUBLIC! Map and Locations

Check out the Google Map for all the locations around New York City this summer! Join us:

GO PUBLIC! Google Map


If you have questions, need assistance or an accommodation, please feel free to speak to a member of our staff at any point during your visit or contact us at [email protected].

Revitalizing The Delacorte

The Public, in partnership with Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, has embarked on a much-needed revitalization of the 62-year-old Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The plan will dramatically improve the home of Free Shakespeare in the Park, addressing critical infrastructure, accessibility, and theatrical needs. Renovations are underway and while the theater is closed, don’t miss Go Public! A Festival of Free Shakespeare in the Park taking place all over NYC this summer. We look forward to the revitalized Delacorte’s premiere in the summer of 2025. Learn more. 

Sign up to stay up to date with the latest news on the revitalization and learn about opportunities to support.


Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (American SonA Raisin in the Sun) directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.

Review the Movie In Parks Venue Information page for walking directions from the street to each venue. 


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Jamar Brathwaite


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Danielle Brooks


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Grantham Coleman


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Chuck Cooper


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Javen K. Crosby


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Denzel DeAngelo Fields


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Jeremie Harris


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Tayler Harris


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Erik Laray Harvey


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Kai Heath


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Daniel Croix Henderson


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Tyrone Mitchell Henderson

Friar Francis/Sexton

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Tiffany Denise Hobbs


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Lateefah Holder


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LaWanda Hopkins


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Billy Eugene Jones

Don Pedro

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Margaret Odette


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Hubert Point-Du Jour

Don John

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William Roberson


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Jaime Lincoln Smith


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Jazmine Stewart


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Khiry Walker


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Olivia Washington


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Latra A. Wilson



Kenny Leon
Beowulf Boritt
Scenic Design
Emilio Sosa
Costume Design
Peter Kaczorowski
Lighting Design
Jessica Paz
Sound Design
Jason Michael Webb
Music Composition
Mia Neal
Wigs, Hair, and Make-Up Design
Thomas Schall
Fight Direction
Kate Wilson
Voice and Text
Camille A. Brown

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NYC Parks

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Prospect Park Alliance