About Shakespeare in the Park – King Lear
For more than 50 years, audiences have flocked to the beautiful Delacorte Theater in the middle of Central Park to see some of the Bard's most famed plays performed in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Some of the theater and film world’s biggest names have stood center stage, and this year, that tradition continues as John Lithgow stars in King Lear.
The two-time Tony Award-winning star of The Columnist and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and five-time Emmy Award-winning star of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Lithgow takes on one of the theater’s greatest roles in this new production directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (The Merchant of Venice, Rabbit Hole).
This famed tragedy begins when powerful King Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters -- and disowns his favorite daughter, Cordelia, when she stands silent when asked how much she loves him. Quickly undermined by his other two daughters, Lear deeply regrets his decision and begins to lose everything -- including his mind.
You can ensure that you get seats to King Lear (and skip the long line of people waiting for limited free seats) by becoming a Summer Supporter. Along with VIP access to the show, your donation will help fund this popular arts program.
King Lear runs from July 22 to August 17, 2014, with all performances beginning at 8pm. Umbrellas are not allowed in the open-air theater, so be sure to bring a slicker in case it begins to rain (in which case the show will only pause until the weather cooperates). Your Summer Supporter tickets will be available for pick-up at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the show between 4:30pm and 8:00 pm.
Did you know?
Shakespeare in the Park was the brainchild of Public Theater founder Joseph Papp and the program began as touring productions on the Lower East Side. The Delacorte Theater, a permanent structure, opened in 1962.
Over the years, Lear has been played by some of the theater’s brightest stars, including Sir John Gielgud and Paul Scofield. Marcia Gay Harden played Lear in several scenes in the 2012 film If I Were You.
Anyone who loves great theater. This is epic storytelling, with a grand central character (the female roles are pretty compelling too).
Good for kids?
Well, it’s Shakespeare, after all, so some of the dialogue may go over the heads of smaller children. But the story is very clear in this play, making it one of the easiest of Shakespeare’s plays to follow. Only children five and over are allowed inside the theater.
Delacorte Theatre Location Information:
Central Park at 80th Street
New York, NY 10024
B, C to W. 81 St./Museum of Natural History; 6 to E 77th St./Lexington Ave.