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Shakespeare In the Park Returns For 2016 Summer Season

This year's performances include The Taming Of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida

Although it hasn't felt like Spring until, well, today, one sure sign that summer is coming returned to NYC this week: Shakespeare In the Park. The annual performance series by The Public Theatre that runs from May through August in Central Park kicked off its Spring/Summer 2016 season on Tuesday with the first of two plays that will be performed over the next few months.

The first of the great Bard's works that will be put on this season is the screwball comedy The Taming of the Shrew, starring Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife) and Janet McTeer (A Doll's House). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mama Mia!, The Iron Lady), the all-female adaptation will run through June 26.

After a brief mid-summer intermission, Shakespeare in the Park will pick back up again on July 19 with the tragedy Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tony-award winner Daniel Sullivan. The play will run through August 14.

The shows will take place in Central Park's open-air Delacorte Theater. Performances will take place six days of the week at 8 p.m., excluding Mondays and a few black-out dates.

The Delacorte Theater is most easily accessible by the park's entrances at 81st Street and Central Park West, and 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. As always, the performances are free to attend and seats will be doled out on a first-come, first-served basis. For the full schedule, head this way.