The Poetry Center celebrates 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy.


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Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

The innovative downtown troupe offers an early look at its new project with a short excerpt from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure followed by a conversation with the company and artistic director John Collins.

Thu, Jul 14, 8 pm


James Shapiro on William Shakespeare

James Shapiro will lead participants through the pair of plays — The Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida — that the Public Theater will stage this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park

Wed, starts Jun 15, 6:45-9 pm, 2 sessions

Shakespeare On Demand

Highlights from our digital archive:
Claire Bloom & John Neville perform "Venus and Adonis"
F. Murray Abraham on Jews in Shakespeare & Marlowe
Michael Slater on Charles Dickens’ Shakespeare
James Shapiro: Shakespeare in America
James Shapiro on the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy
Tom Stoppard reads from Cahoot’s Macbeth
W. H. Auden reads from his Tempest adaptation, “The Sea and the Mirror”


First Folio

“He was not of an age, but for all time” — Ben Jonson

This summer, the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center joins forces with two of the city’s leading cultural institutions, the New-York Historical Society and The Public Theater, to share Shakespeare’s First Folio of published work with all of New York.

As part of a world-wide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is launching a nationwide tour of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, published in 1623. Together with the New-York Historical Society and The Public, we’re proud to help present this pivotal and incredibly rare book.

Containing the first published scripts of 36 of Shakespeare’s most famous plays — including Hamlet, Macbeth and As You Like It — the First Folio will be on display at the New-York Historical Society for six weeks, beginning June 7. To celebrate this magnificent book and the playwright who changed the world, 92Y and the New-York Historical Society will produce a series of events and conversations about the work and world of William Shakespeare. And the celebration continues in Central Park for one of New York’s most beloved traditions, The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park, under the stars at the Delacorte Theater.