Already closed | 1h 30m | Upper W Side

Twelfth Night (The Public Theater)

From 112 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing

About the show

The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 musical adaptation of 'Twelfth Night.' More…

Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (112)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing
85
Avg Score

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Accessible, Inclusive

See it if you enjoy "theater for the people" that is accessible to everyone and reflects the diversity of NYC. Shakespeare in the Park at its best!

Don't see it if you want a traditional and unabridged interpretation of Shakespeare and really don't like musicals. You don't like penny stinkers like me.

82
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, and want to see a completely inclusive new musical telling of Twelfth Night.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy your Shakespeare sung, or if the idea of the power of community telling a story is completely lost on you.

89
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a jolly romp through Shakespeare land. This comedy of mixed identities offers a fresh look, with music no less.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals with large casts performed under the summer sky.

86
Delightful, Great singing, Cute, Funny

See it if You like cute silly musicals based on Shakes

Don't see it if You want a traditional production

90
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love Shakespeare in all forms, including an absolutely charming musical version. Also if you want to see the main leads be amazing.

Don't see it if you only like your Shakespeare traditional...or not at all. Even with the "modern" music and lyrics, there was much of the actual text.

95
Magical!

See it if What a wonderful adaptation of the classic.. Most of the words are Shakespeare's with lively added music. The large cast is energetic.

Don't see it if You require Elizabethan costumes and total fidelity to the printed page.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to see this classic comedy done as a pretty decent musical and love seeing great singers singing. You love when the Delacorte.

Don't see it if You are a purist for how these classic texts are done. Don’t like sitting outside on a hot NYC summer night.

85
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Good community theater, Malvolio steals the show

See it if You enjoy a warm, tuneful, community oriented evening with 2 Tony award winners. Malvolio steals the show; unusual but warranted.

Don't see it if You can't get to the Park for tickets Sunday morning because it closes August 19th. You are a Shakespeare purist or don't like musicals.

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Fun, Refreshing

See it if you love Shakespeare done for the modern audience, your belief in theatre is that anyone and everyone can do theatre

Don't see it if you dislike the outdoors, you want polished and perfect performances, you hate comedy

87
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You want a fun night of Shakespeare and great new music by Shaina Taub. Entertaining and a great night under the stars!

Don't see it if You don’t like musical versions of Shakespeare that stray from the text or a very muddy and not really funny side plot with Toby and friends

57
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You like your Shakespeare on the nose, with the message spelled out.

Don't see it if You like the original songs in Twelfth Night. They are all cut, and replaced with songs that are not as good.

84
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a funny, musical version of Twelfth Night. This is an extravagant, merry production with a few achingly tender moments.

Don't see it if you prefer plays or purer adaptations of Shakespeare. You don't like romantic comedies. You want to see a smaller, intimate production.

98
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love clever music, tight editing, great acting, beautiful colours, and an overall wonderful atmosphere

Don't see it if you are a total Shakespeare purist OR are totally anti-Shakespeare (though this may be the show to change your mind).

95
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Engaging, Diverse

See it if Love an enchanting night in Central Park's Delacorte theater. Original twist on a Shakespeare favorite. Love including the community members

Don't see it if You complain when Shakespeare is enhanced.

90
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy new looks at Shakespeare's works, and enjoy folksy/NOLA jazz music.

Don't see it if you don't like Shaina Taub's indie/folk/jazz style. The ensemble is made up of amateur community groups so don't expect perfection.

88
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like to be transported by the magic of theatre; enjoy discovering new voices who are writing musicals; enjoy colorful & clever staging!

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist; don't like musicals; are averse to free-wheeling joy in the theatre; like quiet and intimate small cast dramas

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you like Shakespeare (or if you don't!), for Nikki M. James, you like diverse casting, and refreshing twists on Shakespeare plays

Don't see it if Don't like music in your Shakespearean plays, you don't want a fun time, are a Shakespeare purist, or non-traditional casting

Also Saw the Aug 8 performance. It's 90 mins with no intermission... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if My wife and I saw Twelfth Night on a very hot and humid night, but we're delighted by the lively music and staging.

Don't see it if You only want to see your Shakespeare straightforward.

Also All the acting was fine. We saw the understudy for Viola, a very impor... Read more Read less

99
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Must see

See it if You’re a fan of Shakespeare, musical theater, lots of people on stage, infectious high spirits and good ole showbiz!

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare straight.

Also One of the best evenings EVER at the Delacourt in Central Park.

92
Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if u like imaginative new interpretations of Shakespeare. Great, catchy music that makes the text much more accessible. Great ensemble!

Don't see it if you want a traditional approach to Shakespeare. Don't like music. Expect something serious.

87
Oh, what a night.

See it if you like musical comedies--and Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you think a musical re-telling of a Shakespearean classic is going a bit too far.

Also Dozens of folks, young and old, crowd the stage of the Delacorte Theat... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like shakespear and you wanna see something new

Don't see it if you love classic shakespear

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You love inclusive, diverse casts and excellent acting. The music was wonderful! It was an all around fun evening!

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist. If you don't enjoy a fun, lively performance.

50
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched, Quirky

See it if you are interested in what can be done with Twelfth night, to see Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if you aren't into musical adaptations of Shakespeare's work. The show felt juvenile and made choices that were not consistent throughout.

86
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy a fresh spin on Shakespeare that will make you smile.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musical adaptations of classic theatre.


July 31st, 2018
"A sweet alternative reality...summoned by Kwei-Armah and Eustis, and Taub...What they and their team have conjured is a Platonic ideal of the crazy salad that is New York City in the silly season...Taub and Kwei-Armah have extended the original play’s consideration of the ambiguities of identity...
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August 1st, 2018
“Colorful, free-wheeling musical adaptation...As fast as it is loose: It has been trimmed to a fleet 90 minutes...Not much of Shakespeare's language remains, but the storytelling is lean and clear. In addition to Taub, who has a knockout voice, a few other seasoned performers anchor the cast adep...
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July 31st, 2018
“I found myself spending long portions of the ensuing ninety minutes wondering why, despite my sincere desire to be swept up in the show’s cheerful shenanigans, my heart wasn’t quite in it...The play’s tale...remains intact—and, I should say, perfectly legible—but the heartbeat of its text is dul...
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July 31st, 2018
“Illyria has never been so welcoming...This freewheeling version...proves a consistent delight. Purists may blanch, but everyone else will be thoroughly charmed....Despite the broad humor on display, the adaptation doesn't stint on the piece's emotional power...It's the amateur performers who tru...
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