About Shakespeare in the Park - Much Ado About Nothing
Picture this: a balmy summer evening, city lights twinkling all around you, an open-air theater, a starry production of a Shakespeare classic. That’s the unforgettable experience you’ll get at one of New York City’s most cherished summer events -- Shakespeare in the Park, presented by the Public Theater at the Delacorte Theatre in the heart of Central Park. This summer, Shakespeare in the Park returns with the uproarious romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
Starring Hamish Linklater (Seminar on Broadway, The Crazy Ones on CBS) and Lily Rabe (Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice, American Horror Story on FX), Much Ado About Nothing is the timeless tale of Beatrice and Benedick, two quick-witted adversaries who love nothing more than verbally sparring with one another. Since they’re clearly meant to be together (though they’re oblivious to this fact), their friends and family conspire to make these two soul mates fall in love with one another -- whether they like it or not.
Directing is three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, who staged the multi-play sensation The Coast of Utopia, as well as Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance.
Though a limited number of free tickets are available at each performance, obtaining them requires standing in a long line. But you can skip the line and be assured a seat by becoming a Summer Supporter. Not only will you get VIP access, your donation will also help keep this vital arts program going.
Much Ado About Nothing runs from June 3 to July 6, 2014, with all performances beginning at 8:00pm. You’re outdoors, so Mother Nature sometimes interferes. (If it starts raining, the performance will be delayed until the weather clears up.) Also, umbrellas aren’t allowed in the theater, so be sure to bring a slicker just in case. You can pick up your Summer Supporter tickets at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the show between 4:30pm and 8:00 pm.
Did you know?
Some of Broadway’s and Hollywood’s biggest names have graced the Delacorte stage, everyone from Meryl Streep to Denzel Washington, Natalie Portman to Kevin Kline.
Much Ado About Nothing has been adapted for the big screen several times, including a memorable 1993 film starring real-life husband and wife Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson (though sadly, they divorced two years later).
Shakespeare lovers will eat this one up, but so should anyone who enjoys romance and comedy in equal measures. As summer fun goes, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Good for kids?
Some of the wordplay and Shakespearean language confuse the little ones, but older kids should feel the love. Children must be five and over to attend a performance here.
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.