Shakespeare in The Park

Shakespeare in the Park is a well-beloved Central Park tradition. Dating back for nearly 60 years, it has managed to put on the Central Park stage some of the most iconic plays like Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and many more!

The “season” usually runs through most of may up until august. The “stage” is the Great Lawn, and Belvedere Castle and Turtle Pond are the “décor”. Plays start in the late afternoon, usually when the sun is still up. This way the sun and the moon take care of the stage lighting, thus making Shakespeare in the Park a unique experience.
Since its inception by Joseph Papp in 1962, Shakespeare in the Park has given New Yorkers the opportunity to see some of the greatest stars even, be it from the screen or from Broadway, on a free stage. Names like James Earl Jones, Al Pacino, and Meryl Streep among the rest, have graced the stage of Shakespeare in the Park.

Today, the Delacorte theatre is the one responsible for the organization of Shakespeare in the Park and provide those in “attendance” the opportunity to see up and coming actors, as well as established stars, and famous plays.