The 2018 season will kick off with Othello May 29.
The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season will be back starting May 29 with a production of Othello, directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, as well as a re-imagined staging of the acclaimed 2016 Public Works musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
The first version of Shakespeare in the Park began over 60 years ago with a production of Julius Caesar in 1956, before the Delacorte Theatre was even constructed. In 1962, the theatre opened with The Merchant of Venice, starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones. Ever since then the theatre has brought free Shakespeare to the public every summer.
Flip through many of the productions that have played the Delacorte Theatre since 1962 below:
From Meryl Streep to James Earl Jones to Anne Hathaway: Look Through the History of Shakespeare in the Park