The Bard was rendered silent by COVID in 2020, but he's back at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park this summer!
There's only one production this year: Merry Wives, adapted by Jocelyn Bioh from Shakespeare's sex comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. The show turns the classic play on end, setting it among a community of West African immigrants in South Harlem. Falstaff's wives are up to their old tricks in this celebration of Black joy, laughter and vitality.
The production started this week and is running through September 18th, Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m. This year there will be no day-of-performance, free ticket distribution lines. Instead, those interested in attending must enter a digital lottery through the Goldstar website or app. Enter the lottery each Tuesday and Friday, one week prior to the next week's scheduled performances.
The Delacorte will limit their seating capacity to 80%, with both Full Capacity and Physically Distanced sections. Full Capacity sections are reserved for those who have been vaccinated, and you must show proof of full vaccination before entering the theater. Physically Distanced sections are for the non-vaccinated. (Proof of a negative test is not needed for entry.) Everyone needs to wear a mask, but the Full Capacity folks can remove them once they've been seated.
You can reach the Delacorte Theater by entering the park at 81st Street and Central Park West, a quick ride from the hotel on the B or C train.
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