Already closed | 2h 50m | Upper W Side

Troilus and Cressida (Delacorte)

From 148 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan returns to Shakespeare in the Park with this rarely produced play. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in the Bard's surprisingly modern epic set in ancient Greece.  More…

In the seventh year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad–Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles, and the kings they serve–debate whether to return their dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war. Presented by the Public Theater for free outdoors in Central Park.

2h 50m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (148)


Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense
Avg Score

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Relevant

See it if you're a fan of Shakeaspeare. It's been modernized in some ways but still feels like the real deal to me. I suggest you buy a seat cushion.

Don't see it if You can't bear the heat for three hours. It takes a while to get to the good stuff but once you get there it was worth the wait.

Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Confusing, Long

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare's and are trying to see all his works performed (this one isn't often seen on stage).

Don't see it if you haven't slept. Being Shakespeare, it's naturally dense material. I saw it while in a drowsy state and had difficulty following the plot.

Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you don't mind sitting through a slow first act, enjoy great acting, want to see an awesome combat scene in the second act

Don't see it if you get bored easily, don't like Shakespeare, are not interested in seeing a Shakespeare play with modern dress

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You have had problems with this play in the past. You like tight, well acted, professional productions. You suffered through Taming...

Don't see it if You cant take the sweltering heat. You dont like loud sounds and faux warfare. Lots of semiautomatics.

Great staging, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to see an excellent production of an underrated W.S. play. Terrific direction by Daniel Sullivan, great fight scenes & fine acting.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with scenes of warfare & blood.

Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy outdoor theater that takes advantage of Central Park's great setting. You like well done modern takes on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't like violence. There is a lot of fighting.

Confusing, Cinematic, Epic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a rarely performed Shakespeare play. Though I was confused about what was going on, the staging and acting was fantastic.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare's plays or like plays over 90 minutes long.

Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious, Well acted, Complex

See it if you like Shakespeare or any theatre out of doors.

Don't see it if it's very hot and humid.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like Shakespeare & a great ensemble cast all around. Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this production of a "problem play."

Don't see it if you don't like loud noises/discussion of warfare or simulated gunfights, you want to see one of Shakespeare's better written plays.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want strong acting, a darker Shakespeare play based on the battle between Troy & Greece, & inventive staging.

Don't see it if false gunfire makes you uneasy, you dislike modernized Shakespeare plays, or you want easily accessible tickets. Do the in-person lotteries.

Ambitious, Great acting, Closes sunday aug. 14th - catch it while u can!!

See it if How many times have U had an opportunity to see ANY production of TROILUS & CRESSIDA, nevermind a 1st rate showing of a 2nd-rate Shakespeare

Don't see it if MUST-SEE for Bard-o-philes and those willing to sit thru a young romance in order to witness one of the most violent battles ever staged!!

Epic, Cinematic, Intense, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy fresh, modern stagings of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you're more of a Shakespeare traditionalist

Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Overrated, Violent

See it if you're a diehard Shakespeare fan who really wants to see a production of this seldom-produced play.

Don't see it if you're bored easily or feel it's a bit too soon for a massive gun fight with semi-automatic weapons.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you want a modern take on a Shakespeare play.

Don't see it if you don;t like the use of machine guns, the concept of war and fight scenes.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Epic, Ambitious

See it if Shakespeare's Trojan horse of a play stuffed with nearly everyone from The Iliad & Odyssey will surprise you with its clarity. Strong cast.

Don't see it if Overt homoerotic relationships and the Trojan War fought with machine guns are too anachronistic for you in a swords and sandals tragedy.

Absorbing, Thrilling, Genius, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see the best production of Troilus and Cressida you'll ever see. If you want to see Shakespeare modernization at its best.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare? If the guns and violence will be triggering for you.

Absorbing, Epic, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if u want a Classic tale about pawns & sacrificial lambs in "the fog of war" brought to modern times. EPIC battle scene! Glover & Stoll shine!

Don't see it if u have a low threshold for poorly written female characters: Cressida comes across as a schemer w/ karmic problems; Cassandra as hysterical.

Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Shakespeare and enjoy a contemporary take on classics

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, get annoyed with different interpretations of classic texts

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you love Shakespeare (esp. his lesser known hits), a strong cast, classic stories set in the modern era, and of course, gun fights.

Don't see it if you can't stand Shakespeare or a relatively slow first act. The smoke, lights, and gunshots may be too intense for some goers, as well.

Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Intense

See it if You want to see Shakespeare performed in a contemporary setting with actors in modern dress.

Don't see it if You don't want to see imaginatively staged version of this well produced show.

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Long, Intense

See it if you wanna see a great version of one of Shakespeare's less produced show. And if you love EPIC battle scenes.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. Obviously.

Absorbing, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you want a unique Shakespearean experience. Some really good acting and clever staging.

Don't see it if can't sit through 3 hours of Shakespeare.

Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Confusing

See it if You are a Shakespeare fan. Actors were good. Too long and repetitive

Don't see it if Strictly for fans of the bard. Slow for kids and drags on and is repetitive

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see a brilliant interpretation of one of Shakespeare's lesser performed works, no one does it better than the Public! And FREE!!

Don't see it if You only enjoy Shakespearean comedies or won't be able to keep yourself out of your Instagram account for 3 hours (ahem ppl in front of me)

Absorbing, Great staging, Epic, Slow, Confusing

See it if You're a bardophile with an interest in seeing a lot of resources thrown at a more problematic play.

Don't see it if If you're not willing to look past a poorly structured and confusing story for the merits of this production.

August 9th, 2016
"The new Public Theater production of this relatively obscure Shakespeare play gets many things right, but its biggest triumph is to make us reconsider the reputation of a work derided for haphazard jumps from romantic declarations to military strategizing, from bawdy banter to moral questioning....
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August 9th, 2016
"Daniel Sullivan’s marvelously intelligent and thoughtful modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s darkly comic problem play...Drenched in irony and whipping in tone from bawdy comedy to near-nihilistic tragedy, 'Troilus and Cressida' offers little by way of plot or sympathetic characters...But i...
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August 9th, 2016
"What scholars call a 'problem' play...What’s a Shakespeare festival to do? First, hire the director Sullivan, an expert de-muddler, to offer the best case possible. Next, hire actors who, at a minimum, can make the verse flow clean. Then, put the director and cast together to develop characteriz...
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August 9th, 2016
"Sullivan, abetted by an excellent ensemble, does about as well as one can with this difficult play. He stages the complicated action with fast-paced vigor and clarity, and imbues the violent battle scenes with visceral intensity...The plotting is mind-numbingly intricate…That it registers as pow...
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