Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest & Cymbeline

The Public Theater have announced their 2015 Shakespeare in the Park season, continuing a 53-year tradition of free theatre in Central Park's Delacorte Theatre, with new productions of The Tempest directed by Michael Greif and Cymbeline directed by Daniel Sullivan.

Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make theatre accessible to all, The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company’s mission to increase access and engage the community.

The Tempest will run from 27 May to 5 July 2015 and will star Sam Waterston as Prospero.

"Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies, and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all such stuff as dreams are made on."

The Bard's other great late romance Cymbeline will run from 27 July to 23 August 2015.

"Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love."

Full cast and creative teams for both productions is yet to be announced.

Tickets to The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show.

- by Dom O'Hanlon