Bryant Park


Shakespeare Comes to Midtown

Live theater to be performed on the Upper Terrace steps

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the birth William Shakespeare, and to mark the occasion, Bryant Park Corporation is bringing some of the Bard’s greatest work to Manhattan’s most beautiful park for two exciting engagements.

Bryant Park Shakespeare gets off to a rousing start with a production of Shakespeare’s greatest play, Hamlet, presented by The Drilling Company. Known for its Shakespeare in the Parking Lot on the Lower East Side, this irreverent and inventive summer troupe puts a fresh spin on the tribulations of the Melancholy Dane. This is the company’s first outdoor venture away from their usual digs downtown, and it is a great way to inaugurate Shakespeare performances in the park.

Hamlet, directed by Hamilton Clancy, will be performed on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on the park’s Upper Terrace steps, May 15-31. Performances begin at 7:00pm.   

The second installment of the series comes in August, when Boomerang Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s witty battle of the sexes, Love’s Labor Lost. Boomerang Theatre Company is well-regarded for its productions of Summer Shakespeare in Central Park (near Tavern on the Green). Love’s Labor Lost, directed by Caitlin Heffernan, opens on Thursday, August 14 and continues on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through August 30.       

Live theater – especially Shakespeare – performed outdoors in a beautiful setting can be a transcendent experience, and the park provides a fantastic atmosphere for these productions.

To start things off, on Wednesday, April 23 at lunchtime, the park celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday with dozens of The Drilling Company actors reciting his works and performing songs from the plays. There will be plenty of ways for everyone to get involved. Come prepared with your favorite Shakespeare passage or quote to share on an open mic, or convey some birthday greetings to the Bard on a giant canvas.

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