Upicnic | Time to plan your Shakespeare in the Park night out!

Time to plan your Shakespeare in the Park night out!

BY NICOLE
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6/30/2016

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” No you shalln’t because nothing does compare to a summer day in New York City. If you were looking to get your Shakespeare on, look no further than NYC’s very own Shakespeare in the Park.

 

Shakespeare in the Park is an annual free event that is held in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater (located on 81st Street & Central Park West). Each year The Public Theater puts on two different Shakespeare shows. This year, the shows are: Taming of the Shrew, which just completed its run, and Troilus and Cressida, which is playing July 9 through August 14. Performances run every Tuesday through Sunday at 8 PM.

 

In previous years, Shakespeare in the Park has featured Broadway and cinema greats, such as Meryl Streep, James Earl Jones, Anne Hathaway, Sam Waterston, and more. This year, Tony-award director Phyllida Lloyd directed the all-female cast of Taming of the Shrew. Fun fact: Shakespeare used to have actors play the male and female roles, so this was a lovely change of events. Coming up next, Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan will be showcasing Troilus and Cressida, which is a drama about romance and revenge during the Trojan War.

 

If you were wondering how you could get Shakespeare in the Park tickets, you will have to show up on the day of the show and wait in line at The Delacorte Theater or at the Joe’s Pub on Astor Place. Did we mention, that you enjoy a great picnic if you decide to head over to the Delacorte Theater for tickets?! You could also enter the mobile ticket lottery on TodayTix for a chance to win 2 free tickets.  If you want guaranteed, reserved seats plus discounted tickets to a show at Joe’s Pub (which is where Hamilton started out, so you could end up seeing the next big thing), you can become a Summer Supporter with a donation of $200.

 

Rain or shine, the show will go on, but the theater does not allow open umbrellas, so you may want to invest in a nifty poncho if the weather looks less than ideal. There are bathrooms at the theater, but be wary—the lines tend to get extremely long. They also do allow food and drink, and they have some concessions, but you are encouraged to bring your own. This is where the Upicnic team can help; we have a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and drinks that will make all the other attendees jealous. We will be happy to deliver your food to you, so there’s no need to wait in line.

 

“And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” You don’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the biggest Shakespearean hit of the summer.  

 

For more information, look at The Public’s Theater’s official site.

 

*Quotes: Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

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