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The Delacorte Theater, our beloved home of Free Shakespeare in the Park, is under construction and undergoing a much-needed revitalization until 2025. So, this summer, we're celebrating all things Free Shakespeare in the Park by bringing the show to you in your community and at home.

Beginning in May, Mobile Unit’s delightful production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, a bilingual musical adaptation featuring contemporary rhythms from across Latin America, will return to parks and plazas, bringing joy and mayhem to all five boroughs. The festival continues with free screenings of THIRTEEN'S Great Performances on PBS capture of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Heralded as a “delicious production of a great Shakespearean comedy” by The New York Times, this free movie night will light up screens in parks from the Bronx to Staten Island. You can even bring the festivities home, with free, on demand streaming of THIRTEEN'S Great Performances on PBS captures of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGMERRY WIVESRICHARD III, and HAMLET throughout May and June.


Mobile Unit's The Comedy of Errors

Mobile Unit's
Bilingual Musical Adaptation of 
By William Shakespeare 
Adaptation by Rebecca Martínez  and Julián Mesri 
Music, Music Direction, and Spanish Translations by Julián Mesri 
Lyrics by Julián Mesri and Rebecca Martínez 
Directed by Rebecca Martínez 

Free tour to all five boroughs
May 28 – June 30, 2024

THE COMEDY OF ERRORSwill be performed in English and Spanish at outdoor sites in collaboration with The New York Public Library and Bryant Park and as part of the “Backyard at Hudson Yards presented by Wells Fargo” series at Hudson Yards. The Mobile Unit will also pop up at public plazas and parks across the five boroughs in partnership with NYC Parks as well as other key Public Theater partners. Performances begin Tuesday, May 28 and continue through Sunday, June 30as part of The Public’s commitment to bringing free theater to all and deepening its engagement with communities around NYC. 

The initial cast for THE COMEDY OF ERRORS includes Varín Ayala (Egeon, Pinch); Jacinta Clusellas (Music Director/Guitarist); Danaya Esperanza (Adriana); Rebecca Jimenez (Understudy); Keren Lugo (Luciana); Alan Mendez (Understudy); Sara Ornelas (Troubadour), Gían Pérez (Dromio); and Desireé Rodriguez (Courtesan, Emilia).


  • May 28 - June 2: The New York Public Library and Bryant Park (Manhattan)
  • June 4: Wolfe's Pond (Staten Island)
  • June 5: J. Hood Wright Park (Manhattan)
  • June 6 - June 9, June 13 - June 14, June 20 - June 21: Hudson Yards (Manhattan)
  • June 11: Roy Wilkins Park (Queens)
  • June 12, June 15: A.R.R.O.W Field House (Queens)
  • June 16, June 30: Cathedral of St. John The Divine (Manhattan)
  • June 18: Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
  • June 19: Travers Park (Queens)
  • June 22: Maria Hernandez Park (Brooklyn)
  • June 23: Astor Place (Manhattan)
  • June 25 - June 26: St. Mary's Park (Bronx)
  • June 27 - June 29: Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

Movie in the Parks

Free Outdoor Screenings of THIRTEEN’S Great Performances on PBS capture of 2019’s
Directed by Kenny Leon 

Throughout June, July, and August, in partnership with NYC Parks’ and The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s Movies Under the Stars program, and The WNET Group, we'll offer free screenings of THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on PBS Shakespeare in the Park performance of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in several parks across all five boroughs. These events will be free for all to attend.

All screenings are free and open to the public:

  • June 29 – Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
  • July 11 – J. Hood Wright Park (Manhattan) 
  • July 17 – McCarren Park (Brooklyn)  
  • July 24 – Brooklyn War Memorial (Brooklyn) 
  • August 2 – Faber Park (Staten Island)
  • August 3 – Flushing Meadows Park (Queens)
  • August 12 – Central Park, Frisbee Hill (Manhattan)
  • August 20 – Washington Square Park (Manhattan)  
  • August 29 – Baisley Park (Queens) 
  • September 6 – Loreto Park (Bronx) 

Free Shakespeare @ Home

Free Shakespeare @ Home
On Demand Streaming of Free Shakespeare in the Park productions.

This summer, throughout May and June everyone will have free access to stream The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park productions of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2019), MERRY WIVES (2021), RICHARD III (2022), and the premiere of HAMLET (2023), captured live from The Delacorte Theater in Central Park by THIRTEEN for Great Performances on PBS.

Streaming Schedule:

Public Theater Block Party

Save the Date Sunday, July 28 for a Public Theater Summer Block Party on Astor Place. Join us in the afternoon on Lafayette and Astor Place as we celebrate the community, The Public, and Free Shakespeare with live performances, activities, and giveaways.


Join in as a Troy Supporter Plus with a gift of $300 or more. You'll gain access to reserved areas at select free outdoor screenings, plus more benefits throughout the summer. However, the greatest benefit is knowing that you're supporting access to Free Shakespeare for all New Yorkers, both in their communities and homes. Join today!


Make a donation of $25 or more to support access to Free Shakespeare for all New Yorkers and help us uphold this commitment far into the future. Give today! 


Delacorte Theater Revitalization

Delacorte Theater Revitalization