Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Alas, Poor Shakespeare in the Park, We Knew it Well: Public Theater Cancels Annual Summer Shows First Time in 58 Years


 Shakespeare in the Park will be MIA this summer. The Public Theater has cancelled performances thanks to COVID-19. It’s the first time in 58 years, since Joe Papp started the famed series.

All the planned shows for the Delacorte Theater are cancelled. So are all shows downtown at Joe’s Pub.

“While our stages will remain dark, our commitment to our mission will burn brighter than ever. Our promise to you is that we will keep working tirelessly to bring you glorious work by our incredible artists.”

As with Broadway, off Broadway, and all live shows in New York– the things that make the city hum and tick– this is a terrible blow affecting people in economic waves. We’re going to miss a lot of good stuff, and a lot of people are going to suffer financially as a result.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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