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Shakespeare in the Park

May 16, 20242 min read

It's that time of year, folks!

Except it's going to be a little different in 2024. The Delacorte Theater, home to Shakespeare in the Park, is undergoing a much-needed facelift, and will be under construction all summer long.

The good news is, the fine folks who bring you SITP have decided that for this summer, they're going mobile. Performances will take place in various sites around the city, including Hudson Yards and the midtown New York Public Library, plus public plazas and parks.

First up: The Comedy of Errors, a bilingual musical adaptation featuring contemporary rhythms from across Latin America. (May 28 through June 29).

Here's a listing of the dates and venues:

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)

The good news is you don't even have to register, but be aware that general admission is on a first-come, first served basis, and chair seating is limited.

Next, the festival will host screenings of Much Ado About Nothing, which aired on THIRTEEN's Great Performances on PBS, in various parks throughout the city (June 29 through September 6).

Here's the schedule:

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) 

And, of course, all performances and screenings are free!

We New Yorkers are happy that we won't have to be jonesing for our Bard fix this summer, and we can't wait to see how the refurbishing of the theater comes out in 2025!

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