shakespeareinnewyork

To celebrate or not to celebrate… that is the question.

This year, New York City celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with traditional and avant-garde interpretations of his work. We put together a guide to help you navigate through Shakespeare events in the city and celebrate his legacy.

Some highlights include Free Shakespeare in the Park by Public Theater (WATCH our interview with Oskar Eustis, artistic director of Public Theater) and vivid performances by Theatre for a New Audience (WATCH our profile of the theater).

Also: THIRTEEN celebrates Shakespeare’s legacy by highlighting his work and legacy in documentaries, shows and web features.

    Free Shakespeare in the Park: Troilus and Cressida

    Delacorte Theater

    Manhattan

    Tue, Jul 19, 2016 - Sun, Aug 14, 2016

    Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Cymbeline) returns to Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks.

    American Ballet Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

    Metropolitan Opera House

    Manhattan

    Mon, Jun 20, 2016 - Sat, Jun 25, 2016

    Sir Kenneth MacMillan's interpretation of Shakespeare's enduring romantic tragedy has become one of ABT's signature productions. The story of Verona's tragic star-crossed lovers is weaved throughout a rich dance tapestry, with Renaissance Italy providing an elegant and period-perfect background. The original production starred Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in the lead roles, making it one of ballets most enduring and culturally important productions.

    Richard II

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Mar 24, 2016 - Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Richard II: ruler by divine right, undone through bumbling mortal wrongs.Director Gregory Doran leads the Royal Shakespeare Company in this masterful take on Shakespeare’s incisive study of squandered sovereignty, the first chapter in the epic cycle King and Country. Video projections, cast onto shimmering curtains, animate a kingly domicile that slowly decomposes alongside Richard’s waning authority. The revelatory David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Hamlet) makes his U.S. stage debut as the ineffectual king, lending ...

    The Merchant of Venice

    Rose Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jul 20, 2016 - Sun, Jul 24, 2016

    Jonathan Pryce and Shakespeare's Globe present Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, one of the most challenging plays to transpose to modern tastes.Bawdy humor and romantic hijinks coexist with difficult questions of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy. Director Jonathan Munby approaches these challenges with nuance, intelligence, and wit in a glistening production.

    Shakespeare’s Star Turn in America

    New York Public Library

    Manhattan

    Fri, Apr 01, 2016 - Fri, May 27, 2016

    The exhibition includes broadsides and programs, engravings and photographs, original set and costume designs, set models and costumes, letters detailing tour conditions, and prompt scripts used by Edwin Booth, Orson Welles, Katharine Hepburn, and actors in recent Shakespeare Festival productions.

    Pericles

    Theatre for a New Audience

    Brooklyn

    Sun, Feb 14, 2016 - Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    Pericles tells a surging adventure story—a hero wanders Odysseus-like through the world of the Mediterranean—and climaxes with events that are seemingly miraculous.An original score composed by Tony-nominated Shaun Davey helps convey the mystery and magic of this tale of redemption, reconciliation, and forgiveness. The acclaimed story-teller musicians of PigPen Theatre Co. lend their voices and instrumentation to the production, playing Mr. Davey’s score and performing various roles throughout.Written by William Shakespeare Music Composed by Shaun Davey Featuring ...

    Mobile Unit’s Romeo & Juliet

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Mon, Apr 11, 2016 - Sun, May 01, 2016

    Starting April 11 through May 1, The Public Theater's Mobile Unit will present Romeo & Juliet, directed by Lear deBessonet - who recently directed the large-scale Public Works pageants of The Odyssey and The Winter's Tale at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

    Shakespeare Birthday Bash & Jazz Funeral

    Bryant Park

    Manhattan

    Fri, Apr 22, 2016, 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    From 12:30 - 2pm, celebrate the 452nd birthday of William Shakespeare with Shakespeare Words, Shakespeare Songs, Speak the Speech, and the Word Wall.Then in the evening starting at 6:30pm, there will be a jazz funeral march in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, led by the Jambalaya Brass Band followed by some of the greatest Shakespeare death scenes performed in succession, plus special guests.

    Presenting Shakespeare: Much Ado About Posters

    Art Directors Club

    Manhattan

    Thu, May 05, 2016 - Thu, May 19, 2016

    The Art Directors Club is hosting a new exhibition, Presenting Shakespeare: Much Ado About Posters, which features posters from around the world for productions of Shakespeare plays. This exhibition is put together by Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller, who recently authored the companion book Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World. Books will be for sale that evening, and the authors will sign. .

    King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Mar 24, 2016 - Sun, May 01, 2016

    Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V—together they tell a tale of family drama-fueled political conflict that spans three generations of the crown. In this momentous six-week residency marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company present the epic four-play cycle in its entirety, offering a rare chance to experience the playwright—and his most fluent interpreters—on the grandest historical scale.

King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings

30 Lafayette Ave

brooklyn N.Y. 11217

7186364100

Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V—together they tell a tale of family drama-fueled political conflict that spans three generations of the crown. In this momentous six-week residency marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company present the epic ...

Presenting Shakespeare: Much Ado About Posters

106 West 29th Street

new york N.Y. 10001

2126431440

The Art Directors Club is hosting a new exhibition, Presenting Shakespeare: Much Ado About Posters, which features posters from around the world for productions of Shakespeare plays. This exhibition is put together by Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller, who recently authored the companion book Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World. Books will be ...

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

2128733400

The New-York Historical Society joins forces with the 92nd Street Y and The Public Theater, to share Shakespeare’s First Folio of published work with all of New York.

Shakespeare Birthday Bash & Jazz Funeral

Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10110

2127684242

From 12:30 - 2pm, celebrate the 452nd birthday of William Shakespeare with Shakespeare Words, Shakespeare Songs, Speak the Speech, and the Word Wall.Then in the evening starting at 6:30pm, there will be a jazz funeral march in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, led by the Jambalaya Brass ...

Mobile Unit’s Romeo & Juliet

425 Lafayette Street

new york N.Y. 10003

2125398500

Starting April 11 through May 1, The Public Theater's Mobile Unit will present Romeo & Juliet, directed by Lear deBessonet - who recently directed the large-scale Public Works pageants of The Odyssey and The Winter's Tale at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Pericles

Polonsky Shakespeare Center

brooklyn N.Y. 11217

2122292819

Pericles tells a surging adventure story—a hero wanders Odysseus-like through the world of the Mediterranean—and climaxes with events that are seemingly miraculous.An original score composed by Tony-nominated Shaun Davey helps convey the mystery and magic of this tale of redemption, reconciliation, and forgiveness. The acclaimed story-teller musicians of PigPen Theatre ...

Shakespeare’s Star Turn in America

Humanities Library

new york N.Y. 10018

9172756975

The exhibition includes broadsides and programs, engravings and photographs, original set and costume designs, set models and costumes, letters detailing tour conditions, and prompt scripts used by Edwin Booth, Orson Welles, Katharine Hepburn, and actors in recent Shakespeare Festival productions.

Richard II

30 Lafayette Ave

brooklyn N.Y. 11217

7186364100

Richard II: ruler by divine right, undone through bumbling mortal wrongs.Director Gregory Doran leads the Royal Shakespeare Company in this masterful take on Shakespeare’s incisive study of squandered sovereignty, the first chapter in the epic cycle King and Country. Video projections, cast onto shimmering curtains, animate a kingly domicile ...