The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in Central Park

Friday, June 6, 2014 through Sunday, August 17, 2014

8:00 PM

WNYC is a media sponsor of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in Central Park. This summer’s free productions are Much Ado About Nothing (6/6–7/6) and King Lear (7/22–8/17). 

Featuring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe; directed by Jack O'Brien

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.


Featuring John Lithgow;directed by Daniel Sullivan

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.