Three beloved plays and a birthday bash for the Bard

Bryant Park Picnics brings theatre to the park with three beloved Shakespeare plays and a Shakespeare birthday bash. Performed by the irreverent and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company, the program begins with a lively and boisterous celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday. Visit the Picnics page for more info and upcoming arts events.

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The Folio is Female: Great Women of Shakespeare

Monday, April 23, 6pm-8pm
Fountain Terrace

Shakespeare’s 454th Birthday Celebration

A birthday party for the Bard that celebrates the dynamic female leads of Shakespeare’s plays. The evening will feature classic monologues and scenes performed by The Drilling Company, as well as a New Orleans Second Line funeral processional by the Jambalaya Brass Band to spirit the Bard into Bryant Park

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fridays and Saturdays, May 18 – June 2, 7pm-9pm
Upper Terrace

A familiar sight – a romantic Bryant Park wedding – develops into a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, full of madcap revelry and literary fantasy.

Twelfth Night

Friday and Saturday July 27 – 28, 7pm-9pm
Sunday, July 29, 3pm-5pm
The Lawn

Twins Sebastian and Viola stumble upon the flamboyant, technicolor world of Illyria, visually inspired by the surreal wonderlands of The Wizard of Oz, Yellow Submarine and the works of Doctor Seuss – an exuberant live-action cartoon.


Fridays and Saturdays, August 24 – September 8, 7pm-9pm
Upper Terrace

A “Gangs of New York”-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area.