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Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara (Slave Play, The Public’s Barbecue) brings his sharp wit and story-telling genius to The Delacorte with a bold new production of RICHARD III. One of Shakespeare’s most indelible villains, Richard is determined to be King. Following his lust for power and the throne, he manipulates, kidnaps, and kills all who stand between him and his throne, using brilliant words and dark charm to conceal his dismantling of government and justice. This masterful dive into the muddy middle between political genius and violent power grab will open Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 60th Season with piercing relevancy and electrifying drama.
RICHARD III kicks off the 60th anniversary season of Free Shakespeare in the Park, an initiative by The Public Theater to present Shakespeare's classics to a broad audience. Enter the Lottery for free RICHARD III tickets on TodayTix.
Shakespeare in the Park performances take place at the Delacorte Theater in the heart of Central Park. The outdoor venue allows you to grab a snack or a drink and experience theatre under the stars. Each summer, The Public Theater puts on two Shakespeare productions, often with a modern or even musical twist to let audiences experience the Bard's work in a new, accessible way. And in keeping with the goal of accessibility, tickets to all Shakespeare in the Park shows are free and distributed both by the TodayTix Lottery and in person across the five boroughs.
RICHARD III stars Black Panther actress Danai Gurira in the villainous title role. Richard will stop at nothing to become king and stay king — he cheats, kills, and even changes the structure of the government to do so. All the while, though, Richard uses his charm and speaking skills to keep his kingdom on his side and hide what he's really doing behind the scenes.
2 hrs, 40 mins (with 20 min intermission)
June 21st, 2022
July 17th, 2022
The Delacorte Theater
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