B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History
| Thru 7/05 ||Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest|
| Starts 7/23 |
|Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline|
| 9/04 thru 9/07 |
This open-air performance venue hosts The Public Theater’s “Shakespeare in the Park” series of free, crowd-pleasing and often celebrity-studded summer theater. Imagine Kristen Johnston and Jimmy Smits in Much Ado About Nothing; Sam Waterston in The Tempest; or Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Natalie Portman in The Seagull (in this case, Chekov, not Shakespeare). Built in 1962 as a “temporary structure,” the Delacorte has definitively established itself as a park fixture over the last four decades. Surely Shakespeare is that much more spectacular with the stars and Turtle Pond for a backdrop, and the horseshoe-shaped seating allows for a universally clear view of the stage.