Celebrating 51 years, The Public Theater has announced the lineup for the 2013 season of Shakespeare in the Park. Since the Delacorte Theater officially opened in 1962, over five million people have watched more than 150 free productions in the park. Countless famous faces have graced the Delacorte stage during that time, including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, James Earl Jones and Anne Hathaway.
This year, The Public Theater will open with The Comedy of Errors on Tuesday, May 28. The play, which hasn’t been performed in the park for almost twenty years, will reunite alums Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) as Dromio and Antipholus, respectively. The pair performed together for the 2010 productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice.
The second play will be a new musical adaption of Love’s Labour’s Lost with songs by Michael Friedman, who wrote the music and lyrics for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Adapted and directed by Alex Timbers, Love’s Labour’s Lost will be the first original musical version of Shakespeare’s work at the Delacorte since 1971’s Two Gentlemen of Verona.
“This summer will be a joyous and lighthearted celebration of Shakespeare’s comic side – from the wild slapstick of The Comedy of Errors to the hip beauty of Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s musical adaption of Love’s Labour’s Lost,” said The Public’s artistic director Oskar Eustis.
The Comedy of Errors will run for five weeks through Sunday, June 30, while Love’s Labour’s Lost will run from July 23 through Aug. 18.