The Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit to Bring Free Macbeth to Five Boroughs

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The Public Theater has announced that its Mobile Shakespeare Unit will bring a free touring production of Macbeth to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts by visiting prisons, homeless shelters and other community venues in the five boroughs of New York City.

The tour, scheduled for April 24 through May 14, will include stops at the theatre's Public Works community partner venues: Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn, Fortune Society in Queens and DreamYard Project in the Bronx.

Following a three-week tour, the show will have a short run, with tickets available for purchase, at the Public's permanent home at Astor Place in Manhattan, from May 17 through June 7. An official opening night is slated for May 20.

"The Mobile Unit is the purest expression of Joe Papp’s vision, that society is better when Shakespeare belongs to everyone," said artistic director Oskar Eustis in a press statement. "It’s an honor to welcome Edward Torres, in his Public Theater debut, directing a show that is a nightmare about what happens when we follow the darkest angels of our nature."

The initiative is now in its fifth year. Recent productions include Pericles, Measure for Measure and Richard III. The Mobile Shakespeare Unit will also present educational workshops.

The production is the latest in a string of Macbeth stagings in New York. The Manhattan Shakespeare Project's Macbeth: The Unsex Me Here Project will offer a gender-bending take on the famous story this April, while the Acting Company are set to present a "sleek and accessible" production the same month. Sleep No More's site-specific re-imagining of Macbeth also continues at the McKittrick Hotel. For more information on the Public's touring production of Macbeth and to buy tickets to the in-house Public Theatre engagement, please visit or call (212) 967-7555.

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