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Free Shakespeare in Carl Schurz Park

  Last modified on July 15th, 2021
Peter Pan Statue Carl Schurz Park

The Peter Pan Statue in Carl Schurz Park. Photo by Flickr user Eden, Janine and Jim

NY Classical Theatre will be bringing six performances of King Lear to Carl Schurz Park at 87th and East End from Tuesday, July 20 to Sunday, July 25. Shows will take place at 7pm.

“Adapted and directed by Stephen Burdman, the play will feature the optimistic interpretation of Nahum Tate’s 1681 adaptation, which was popular in England for over 150 years until Shakespeare’s original tragic text was restored in 1838,” writes Playbill. “In addition to the ending, several additional scenes from Tate’s version have been incorporated for this production. The Tate version has not been performed in New York City in over 30 years.”

Performances are free and open to the public, but with capacity restrictions still in place, NY Classical asks that you RSVP using their calendar here. Once you make a reservation, you’ll also receive a digital program guide, contact tracing instructions and a notification in the event of a rain date.

“There have always been a lot of protocols when you present a show, and COVID-19 has expanded that,” said director Stephen Burdman in an interview with MarketWatch. “We now have to have more room for the actors when they’re together and not performing. They should be further apart.”

Earlier shows are taking place at Central Park (near 103rd and Central Park West) and Brooklyn Commons, with a final round scheduled to take place at The Battery.
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