History / Press


Since 2000, over 140,000 people have enjoyed our performances all across Manhattan. To date, we have staged 31 productions: A Midsummer Night's DreamThe Tragedy of Macbeth (Central Park), King UbuTwelfth NightThe Taming of the ShrewMuch Ado About NothingThe Triumph of LoveThe Winter's TaleThe Feigned CourtesansAs You Like ItScapinAll's Well That Ends WellMary StuartThe Comedy of ErrorsLove's Labour's LostThe Recruiting Officer, Cymbeline, The Tragedy of Macbeth (Battery Park), Misalliance, King Lear (Central Park & Battery Park), Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkRichard IIIMuch Ado About Nothing (Battery Park & Central Park), The Rover, The School for Husbands, Henry V (Battery Park & Governors Island), Playing Moliere, Twelfth Night (Central Park & Battery Park),  A {15-MIN!} Christmas Carol, The Seagull and The Tempest.

Each season New York Classical Theatre presents free panoramic productions of classical theatre in Central Park, Battery Park and at Brookfield Place. Our audiences are active spectators and part of the movement of the production, much like another cast member.

By removing plays from traditional performing venues and adapting them for public spaces, we serve a broad demographic of our urban community, spanning all ages, a diversity of ethnic and racial backgrounds, and various income levels. We have emerged as an invaluable addition to New York City's theatrical landscape as well as an important artistic and educational resource to its community.

Our popular pre-performance workshops accompany each of our productions and are lead by the actors before selected performances. As with all our programming, workshops are open and free to the public.

New York Classical Theatre is proud of the critical acclaim it has received in the media. The New York Times called us "a movable feast! All the park's a stage!" Donna Karger from New York 1's On Stage described us as, "A moving experience in more ways than one." WABC Eyewitness News, Fox 5 News, WNBC, WB11 Morning News, NY1 News and Good Day New York (Channel 5) have run wonderful features on our productions. We have also been seen in The New YorkerNew York MagazineTime Out-New YorkThe Village VoiceNew York Daily NewsThe New York ObserverThe New York SunNew York PostNew York Family Magazine and many more.


Selected Press

Twelfth Night  The New York Times  2011-12 Season

Twelfth Night  Shakespeareances.com  2011-12 Season

Henry V  The New York Observer  2010-11 Season

Henry V  The New York Times  2010-11 Season

School for Husbands  The New York Times  2010-11 Season

Much Ado About Nothing  Huffington Post  2009-10 Season

Hamlet  American Theatre  2009-10 Season

Hamlet  Shakespeare Bulletin  2009-10 Season

King Lear  The New York Times  2008-09 Season