The Public Theater presents Shakespeare's comedy masterpiece that centers on Viola, who along with her twin Sebastian, finds herself washed ashore in the mysterious land of Illyria following a shipwreck.
From the producers: Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 musical adaptation of "Twelfth Night" for a full five-week run in Central Park. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.
This production of "Twelfth Night" is a re-imagined staging of the acclaimed 2016 Public Works musical adaptation, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub. The adaptation features music and lyrics by Taub. The production will mark the first time the Public has presented a full-length run of a Public Works show, which typically play very limited engagements on the Delacorte Stage in Central Park. Daniel Sullivan directs a cast that includes Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Tony-winning actress Julie White, three-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza and two-time Tony nominee David Pittu.
New York's most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 56th season in Central Park's famous Delacorte Theater. 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.
What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line and current Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton") and has 54 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.