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Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater and John Lithgow star in this summer's productions


Shakespeare in the Park 2014: Much Ado About Nothing & King Lear

Delacorte Theater (Central Park West, New York, NY) Map it Free
Editor Pick
Editor Pick

A bucket list item for anyone who lives in New York, there's no better theatre moment each year than sitting under the stars in Central Park and watching Shakespeare. Previous years have included performances by Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman. This year John Lithgow takes the title role of King Lear while American Horror Story's Lily Rabe plays Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Whether you're a theatre fan or simply looking for a beautiful night out, Shakespeare in the Park is a quintessential New York event that all who visit and live in New York should experience.

Matt Dorville, Editor
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New York's most treasured summer tradition, free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 52nd season in Central Park's famous Delacorte Theater with two of the Bard's greatest works, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and KING LEAR. 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. Summer nights were made for Shakespeare in the Park.

Tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are Free! For info on ways to get tickets visit: http://publictheater.org/shakestix/

June 3 – July 6
Directed by Jack O’Brien
Lily Rabe as Beatrice
Hamish Linklater as Benedick

Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. 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.

July 22 – August 17
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
John Lithgow as Lear

Revenge, 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.

To support Free Shakespeare in the Park, consider becoming a Summer Supporter.

- The Public Theater

Shakespeare in the Park 2014: Much Ado About Nothing & King Lear

Delacorte Theater (Central Park West, New York, NY) Map it Free
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