In honor of the start of their 2019 season, take a look back at The Public's Shakespeare in the Park.
The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season begins May 21 with a production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, followed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan helming Coriolanus.
The first version of Shakespeare in the Park began over 60 years ago with a production of Julius Caesar in 1956, before the Delacorte Theatre was even constructed. In 1962, the theatre opened with The Merchant of Venice, starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones. Ever since then the theatre has brought free Shakespeare to the public every summer.
Flip through many of the productions that have played the Delacorte Theatre since 1962 below:
Photos: From Meryl Streep to James Earl Jones to Anne Hathaway: Look Through the History of Shakespeare in the Park