Shakespeare in the Park will take you to the shores of Illyria

Pack your bags for Venice and the shores of Illyria — the Public Theater will take New Yorkers on a theatrical journey this summer via planned productions of “Othello” and the “Twelfth Night.”

The two plays will be part of the free, annual Shakespeare in the Park series, the Public Theater announced Monday.

Beginning July 17, the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park will once again host the young Viola disguising herself as a man and falling in love with a duke in “Twelfth Night.” The five-week run is a reprisal of last year’s musical production, which ran for only a few days in September 2017 as part of the Public Theater’s Public Works program.

“Othello,” Shakespeare’s play about a noble Black Venetian general, will kick off it’s run on May 29. The production will feature Emmy-nominated actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson and will run through June 24.

“Othello” was the program’s inaugural performance in 1962.

Free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are available on the day of the performance at the park’s theater, or as part of a digital lottery on the TodayTix app.


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