For lovers of the Public Theatre, there’s an upcoming event you won’t want to miss. Landmark West, the Upper West Side architecture aficionados, are offering a tour of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The 1,800-seat theater is home to the legendary Shakespeare in The Park, among other productions. It’s also a Scenic and National Historic Landmark.
The tour will take a private group through the amphitheater, and explore the stage where famed actors like Streep and Pacino have performed.
The spaces where actors and equipment reside during shows, below the depths of the stage, will also be explored.
Attendees will learn firsthand about Joseph Papp, the man whose dream was to deliver Shakespeare to the people. Hi dream became a reality in 1962, when The Delacorte Theater first opened. The theater’s first production was The Merchant of Venice starring James Earl Jones and George C. Scott (Al Pacino would later become the star).
A very expensive renovation of the Delacorte Theater is set to begin in 2020, so this is your chance to experience the theater in its current glory. This will be the theater’s first full renovation since it first opened, and has a total budget of $110 million.
The tour will take place on Wednesday, April 13th, from 3-4:15 pm. If you’re interested in going, here is the official event page.