The Public is thrilled to return to Central Park this summer for Free Shakespeare in the Park beginning July 6 through September 18, with MERRY WIVES, a fresh and joyous adaptation by Jocelyn Bioh, of Shakespeare’s MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, directed by our Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director Saheem Ali.

Set in South Harlem amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, MERRY WIVES will be a celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality. A New York story about the tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the City.

At the heart of The Public’s return to The Delacorte this summer, is our commitment to health and safety protocols that ensure Free Shakespeare in the Park is a safe and celebratory experience for you, the artists, and our staff.

We are currently operating under the published protocols set forth by the State of New York for small and midsized theaters. As of today, the theater’s capacity is limited for social distancing between seating for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated people along with additional requirements for mask wearing, and proof of vaccination or proof of negative tests prior to entry.

Stay up to date and learn more about all of the current protocols in place this summer at

90 minutes, no intermission.

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