ABOUT BRYANT PARK SHAKESPEARE

ADMISSION IS FREE
Performances are Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM; some Sundays at 2:00 PM
(Check each individual show's info for exact schedule.)
Food kiosks serve affordable meals.
Capacious rest rooms are close at hand.
Seating on bistro chairs is guaranteed for everyone.
Best of all, there will be no waiting in line for tickets.

 

OUR 2016 SEASON

THREE FULL LENGTH PLAYS
In 2016, we will present three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies: "Much Ado About Nothing" (May 19 to June 4), set in the middle of the suffragette movement; a steampunk version of "As You Like It" with music by Natalie Smith (July 21 to 23), and "Measure for Measure" (September 1 to 18), a battle of the sexes set in the South. These plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—singular characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment.

APRIL 22:
HONORING SHAKESPEARE'S 452nd BIRTHDAY AND 400th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
The date of Shakespeare's death is a mystery, but it is commonly estimated to be April 23, based on the date of his funeral, April 25, 1616. His birth is thought to be the same date, based on his baptism record of April 26, 1564. We commemorated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death together with is 452nd birthday.There were a Shakespeare Flash Mob, a Word Wall, Shakespeare songs by Natalie Smith and Band, and individual performances by company members all around Bryant Park. A Shakespeare Jukebox was staged at NY Public Library. In the evening, the company celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death with a Shakespeare Jazz Funeral and "Deaths of Shakespeare."

 

PRODUCTION CHRONOLOGY

First Season - 2014 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Bash
Hamlet, director Hamilton Clancy

Second Season, 2015 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 451st Birthday Bash
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, director Hamilton Clancy
Romeo and Juliet, director David Marantz
The Taming of the Shrew, director Alessandro Colla

Third Season - 2016 - The Drilling Company
Shakespeare's 452nd Birthday Bash and 400th Anniversary of his Death
Much Ado About Nothing, director Hamilton Clancy
As You Like It, director Hamilton Clancy
Measure for Measure, director TBA

 

 

ABOUT THE VENUE

Productions are staged on the upper terrace of Bryant Park, which is located behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Subways: Take the B, D, F, or M to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; 7 to 5th Avenue. MAP

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park, one of the busiest public spaces in the world, without government or philanthropic funding. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the lawn and seasonal gardens, BPC creates amenities and activities in Bryant Park for over 6 million visitors each year. BPC's website, www.bryantpark.org, has more detailed information plus a complete schedule of upcoming free events, activities, and programs. BPC invites New Yorkers and visitors to Midtown Manhattan to experience live theatrical productions of Shakespeare plays, as well as the NYC summer traditions of HBO/Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and Broadway in Bryant Park.

Patrons of Bryant Park are subject to the rules of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

 

MORE INFO & CONTACT

All productions are presented by Bryant Park Shakespeare and produced by The Drilling Company (Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director), producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.

Contact Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Contact Bryant Park

Info on Bryant Park events: www.bryantpark.org, @bryantparknyc and #bpshakespeare.

 

 

GRATEFUL THANKS

Productions of The Drilling Company are supported in part this season by a grant from the Brad and Melissa Coolidge Foundation. Supporters also include the Department for Cultural Affairs and the the New York State Council on the Arts.

 


PHOTOS AND WRITEUPS OF PAST SEASONS IN BRYANT PARK

2015 | 2014