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Shakespeare to Hit the Highway Whereas Central Park Theater Is Closed

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Free Shakespeare within the Park, one of many longtime treasures of summer season in New York Metropolis, will probably be smaller-scale and itinerant this yr as a result of a intestine renovation of this system’s Central Park house is underway.

The Public Theater, the nonprofit group that presents the annual Shakespeare competition, introduced Tuesday that, as a substitute of its traditional large-scale productions at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, this yr it might ship a smaller manufacturing of “The Comedy of Errors” to parks and plazas across the metropolis between Memorial Day and the top of June, adopted by outside screenings of a filmed manufacturing of “A lot Ado About Nothing” in July, August and early September.

The manufacturing of “The Comedy of Errors” is a 90-minute bilingual musical adaptation from the director Rebecca Martinez and the composer Julian Mesri that the Public staged final yr at metropolis parks and recreation facilities as a part of the theater’s cell unit. This summer season’s five-week touring manufacturing may have a barely bigger firm, and can go to some bigger venues than final yr’s manufacturing. It’s going to begin in Manhattan, with per week on a plaza in entrance of the New York Public Library’s flagship constructing in Bryant Park, adopted by a sequence of dates at Hudson Yards and different places in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. All performances will probably be free.

It’s not a alternative for the Delacorte — it’s not supposed to be a alternative — however my hope is that will probably be profitable sufficient as an experiment that this expanded model of what the cell unit does can maintain going indefinitely,” Oskar Eustis, the inventive director of the Public, stated in an interview.

The filmed manufacturing of “A lot Ado About Nothing,” directed by Kenny Leon and starring Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman, was shot throughout a run in Central Park in 2019; will probably be screened outside, free, at websites in all 5 boroughs.

“A lot Ado About Nothing,” filmed for the PBS sequence Nice Performances, may also be amongst 4 Shakespeare within the Park productions that may be streamed on-line throughout Might and June. The others are a 2023 manufacturing of “Hamlet,” a 2022 manufacturing of “Richard III” and a 2021 manufacturing known as “Merry Wives.” Streaming the Nice Performances movies will probably be free, however would require registering on-line for entry.

The Delacorte has been closed since final fall for a $78 million renovation. A groundbreaking was held in October and the challenge is scheduled to complete someday subsequent yr, and the summer season of 2025 is anticipated to incorporate Shakespeare again in Central Park.