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Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday with A Night of Villains

The Drilling Company presents the Bard's finest beasts and scoundrels.

Lee Wexler

The Fountain Terrace is the place for Shakespeare fans this Friday, as we mark the 453rd anniversary of the Bard’s birth (and the 401st anniversary of his death) at Shakespeare’s Birthday: A Night of Villains, an event produced by The Drilling Company.

The evening begins at 6:30pm with a selection of Shakespeare’s most stirring monologues performed by dozens of talented actors. At 7pm, the Jambalaya Brass Band performs a New Orleans-style jazz funeral procession, and then at 7:20pm, actors from The Drilling Company bring some of the world’s greatest monsters and social misfits to life, including Shakespeare’s immortal Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago, Shylock, and more.  

A Night of Villains kicks off another great season of Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare. The Drilling Company returns for three productions this year, performing The Merry Wives of Windsor (May 19-June 3), Twelfth Night (July 28-30), and The Tempest (August 25 – September 9). The 2017 season is presented by TNT’s new series Will, a Shakespeare-themed TV drama which is holding a free, public premiere in Bryant Park on Tuesday, June 27.

This event is also the season-opener for the second annual Bryant Park Presents, a season packed with dance, music and theater performances by incredible artists and some of the city’s most prestigious arts organizations.   

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