This week The Public Theater announced the complete casting for this summer’s production of Merry Wives, a comedy adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, written Jocelyn Bioh. They also announced new dates for the staging at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Performances will begin Tuesday, July 6 (instead of the previously announced July 5) and continue through Saturday, September 18 (an extension of three weeks from the previously announced run). The official opening night is Tuesday, July 27.
The production will feature an all-Black cast including Jacob Ming-Trent (HBO’s Watchmen), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird), Shola Adewusi (CBS’ Bob Hearts Abishola) and Susan Kelechi Watson (NBC’s This Is Us).
Due to current Health and Safety protocols, there will not be any day-of-performance, free ticket distribution lines in Central Park, in the boroughs, or at The Public’s flagship on Lafayette Street. Instead, this summer, free tickets will be distributed entirely via an advanced digital lottery. Find out more at PublicTheater.org.
Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare in the Park