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Tales and Tights

May 27, 2015
Shakespeare in the Park

‘Tis true summer's lease hath all too short a date, but that’s all the more reason to make the most of the warm weather while it’s here by attending one of New York’s most beloved annual events, The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park.

From 27 May some of the city’s finest thespians will don their stockings and take to the outdoor stage of Central Park’s Delacorte Theater for a season's-worth of loquacious soliloquies, comedic turns, classic characters, and, of course, a good dash of cross-dressing.

Those in the mood for a true Shakespearean tragic romance – featuring plenty of young love, old enemies and a dab of magic – should nab seats for The Tempest, where Newsroom star Sam Waterston will take on the role of the vengeful Prospero in a production directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif.

Or if you’d rather keep it light, wait until late July for Cymbeline, an enchanting tale with dastardly villains, poison, swordfights and secret lovers all wrapped up with a crowd-pleasing happy ending.

And for once, forgetting your ‘lines’ will be a good thing – the introduction of an online free ticket lottery means you no longer need endure the endless queues in the heat of summer. Simply create a Public Theater account, lodge a request on the day of the performance and check to see if you’ve been selected. O summer’s day; heigh, my hearts!

The Tempest: 27 May - 5 Jul.

Cymbeline: 27 Jul - 23 Aug.

Delacorte Theater / Central Park / enter at 81st St & Central Park W / +1 212 539 8500 / see web for ticket collection points /