The Tempest will be directed by Tony nominee Michael Greif (If/Then, Next to Normal, Rent) and will play May 27-July 5 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Waterston, who will star as Prospero, made his Delacorte debut in the 1963 production of As You Like It.
The season will continue with Cymbeline, helmed by Tony-winner Daniel Sullivan (Merchant of Venice, Proof, Rabbit Hole), who returns to the Delacorte following last summer's production of King Lear. Cymbeline is set to play July 27-August 22.
“These wise, magical, and emotional works were Shakespeare’s climactic achievement in the theatre. In these plays, hope can be found in the darkest hour, every loss can be restored, and even death is not permanent,” said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement.
First staged at the Delacorte in its inaugural year 1962, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s classic tale of young love and old enemies. Prospero is exiled to a fantastical island where he unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. His quest for revenge is upended however, by newfound love.
Cymbeline is a Shakespearean fairy tale featuring cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights. Princess Imogen's fidelity is put to the test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. The Public continues its 53-year tradition of offering free theatre in Central Park. Tickets are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show. The Public Theater will again offer free tickets through our Virtual Ticketing lottery on the day of the show at shakespeareinthepark.org.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st St. and Central Park West or at 79th St. and Fifth Ave.