Shakespeare In The Park 2011

Two Shakespeare Plays to be Performed in Repertory
June 6 – July 31, 2011

The 2011 Shakespeare in the Park summer season will once again present two Shakespeare plays in repertory, giving audiences eight straight weeks of free Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Daniel Sullivan, who recently directed Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice in the Park, will direct All’s Well That Ends Well and David Esbjornson, who directed Much Ado About Nothing in the Park, will direct Measure for Measure.

“Last year’s Shakespeare rep was a thrilling success; the current run of The Merchant of Venice on Broadway is a wonderful reminder of what made last summer so magical,” says Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “This year, two of Shakespeare’s richest and most rewarding plays make up our season. We are delighted that once again an American Shakespeare company will light up New York’s summer.”

A fairytale for grown-ups, this beguiling fable follows the low-born Helena, one of Shakespeare’s most resourceful heroines, as she inventively surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram.

Measure sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate confines of the bedroom, and from the convent’s chapel to the executioner’s block. It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked.

Coming Soon: Information about how to support this summer’s thrilling season of American Shakespeare and receive reserved seats as a thank you. Stay tuned!

2 comments to Shakespeare In The Park 2011

  • […] Central Park Blogger reports that the dates and shows for the 2011 season of Shakespeare in the Park have been released.  The series of free performances, which take place each summer in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater (mid-park at 80th), will begin this year on June 6th and run through July 31st.  Shows will alternate between All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Daniel Sullivan (who recently directed Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice) and Measure for Measure, directed by David Esbjornson (who recently directed Much Ado About Nothing).  While the directors were announced, cast is not yet known to the public.  With recent seasons featuring A-listers like Anne Hathaway and Al Pacino, we can expect a cast announcement sure to bring out the long lines of fans in the park on summer mornings… stay tuned! […]

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