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Sam Waterston to return to Shakespeare in the Park in The Tempest in Summer 2015

The Public Theater has announced the lineup for its 2015 season of free Shakespeare in the Park productions playing at the Delacorte Theater. This season in Central Park will feature feature Shakespeare’s late romances The Tempest, directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, from May 27-July 5, and Cymbeline, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, from July 27-August 23.
Sam Waterston will be performing in theis summer’s production as Prospero.   The Tempest will feature the return of Oscar and Tony nominee to the Delacorte stage. The production will mark his 13th Shakespearean production at the Public.
“With these two gorgeous productions, we will have produced all of Shakespeare’s late romances in one season, The Winter’s Tale in Public Works and Pericles with the Mobile Unit,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a statement. “These wise, magical, and emotional works were Shakespeare’s climactic achievement in the theater. In these plays, hope can be found in the darkest hour, every loss can be restored, and even death is not permanent.”  Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park productions are distributed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show, two tickets maximum per person. The Public Theater will also again offer free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery on the day of the show.

Shakespeare in the Park – King Lear

Untitled-4Revenge, 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

July 25 – August 17

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

All performances begin at 8pm

Get ticket info here.

Shakespeare in the Park 2014 – Much Ado About Nothing

A brilliant new production of “Much Ado About Nothing” opened at the Delcorte Theater in Central Park this week starring Hamish Linklater and Beatrice Rabe.  Along with  John Glover, Paco Lozano,  David Manis, Kathryn Meisle, Ismenia Mendes, Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Pankow and Pedro Pascal they light up the summer night as Beatrice and Benedick treat each other with mocking disdain that transforms into true love by plays end.

Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts.  John Lee Beatty’s orchard-estate set frames Belvedere Castle as a skyline for the Italian city, while Jeff Croiter’s lighting takes us from day to dreamy night.

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Annette Bening cast in ‘King Lear’ in New York’s Shaespeare in the Park

ad51597ed91a41e2bfdccbac7130140c-ec89d08ebb58bc13540f6a7067004233Having recently completed one stage production in Los Angeles, Annette Bening has already set her next theatrical outing: a role in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that New York’s Public Theater will produce this summer in Central Park. Bening will play the role of Goneril, one of Lear’s three daughters, in the Shakespearean tragedy. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will star John Lithgow in the title role. The outdoor staging at the Delacorte Theatre is scheduled to run July 22 to Aug. 17 “King Lear” will also feature actresses Jessica Hecht as Regan and Jessica Collins as Cordelia.

Bening last appeared in a New York stage production of the play “Coastal Disturbances,” which had a Broadway run in 1988. The actress received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the play. This summer’s Shakespeare in the Park lineup also includes “Much Ado About Nothing,” featuring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe. The comedy, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set to run June 3 to July 6 at the Delacorte. King Lear has not been performed at Shakespeare in the Park since 1973. Established by Joseph Papp, the founder of Manhattan’s Public theatre, the annual outdoor theatre season provides free productions of Shakespeare and other theatre classics, with more than 150 plays performed at Central Park’s Delacorte amphitheatre since 1962.


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