THE PUBLIC THEATER is theater of, by, and for all people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons. Public Theater programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world.Using our world travel planner, New York City attractions like The Public Theater can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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The Public Theater Reviews
One of the best things about NY is the free performance of Shakespeare by great actors/actresses. A picnic basket with a bottle of something white and chilled, cashew nuts, crustless sandwiches, slice... more »
Val and I just saw Socrates with Michael Stuhlbarg in the lead role. Bravo, Amazing, Great Performances! I also enjoyed that the theater was small and with no bad seats. This was my first time here an... more »
Don't miss this theater space-- from the simple but great entrance, the ghost light in the corner, the mini Cafe offerings and the clean bathrooms to the comfortable seats in the theater! Many good views to choose from. I saw white noise, which every one should see. The cat was incredible.And Daveed Diggs chatted with fans even though it was between shows on a two show day.
One of my favorite theaters in New York. Check out their calendar and go see something there. I got to see Glenn Close perform in “Mother of the Maid” a couple of weeks ago, and it was a fantastic experience. They have a great bar upstairs to meet up for a drink first. It’s also great to see shows that will potentially move to bigger houses in the future and not pay so much money. Hamilton for example.
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