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)


Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing
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Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if a modern musical take on the show set in New Orleans. Has great music and incorporates the original words and modernized dialogue/lyrics.

Don't see it if you want an authentic unchanged Shakespeare play - this is a modern and adapted take - or if you do not like sitting outside.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful, Kid-friendly

See it if You love musicals, enjoy Shakespearean plots, enjoy shows that mix professional actors w/ amateur (but talented) actors, love outdoor shows.

Don't see it if You hate musicals, hate being outdoors, loathe Shakespeare (though the language here is largely adapted.)

Also Really wonderful show to take kids to. Arrive to theater early, as the... Read more Read less

Clever, Refreshing, Fun, Funny

See it if want to see a fun show in a lovely venue (and for free!)

Don't see it if you do not like modern adaptations of Shakespeare - this is not a straight telling of Twelfth Night

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if It's FREE! You can go on the stage before the show and sit outside in Central Park. It's Shakespeare with singing!

Don't see it if You don't want to see a Shakespeare classic in a modern way, you don't like free tickets, you don't want to sit outside.

Delightful, Funny, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You want to have 90 minutes of pure joy. If you love a Good Shakespeare comedy, with great singing and community spirit.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare turned into a rocus musical.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if you love Twelfth Night or She's the Man; support The Public; can manage to get tickets; enjoy a Shakespeare comedy turn musical comedy

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare or Shakespeare being turned into a musical; are expecting a She's the Man adaptation (would watch); hate outdoors;

Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare in the Park and this story in particular.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Shakespeare, LGBTQ themes, or happy endings.

Also As always, Shakespeare's themes remain relevant and the Public Theater... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of reimagining Shakespeare's works. It is always a treat to be outside and the beautiful Delacorte Theater.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare to be traditional and true to the original text. This production has a lot of music to replace the original text.

Refreshing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a musicalized version of this play which successfully blends the play’s melancholy love-story with its ribald merry-making

Don't see it if If you’re a stickler that all of the original text be included.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you can. This show is brilliant, no ifs, ands, or buts. True to the story with amazing music and a message of community that is *essential*.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespearean purist. This show is more adaptation than not, so don't go in expecting more than a few handfuls of verse.

Funny, Great staging

See it if You want a real community feel

Don't see it if You're a rigid Shakespeare purist

Also The songs weren't all my favorite thing to listen to, but there's some... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a new take on a Shakespearean classic.

Don't see it if you don't like large-group musicals, or a different staging of a classic.

Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want an innovative, musical retelling of Shakespeare's well-known comedy. Fun songs. Loved the inclusion of community groups.

Don't see it if You want classic Shakespeare. The material has been heavily trimmed and adapted.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you like great, original music and lyrics, reinvention of Shakespeare plays, just plain unadulterated entertainment

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, or anything other than traditional productions of Shakepseare

Delightful, Fun, Inclusive, Refreshing, Succinct

See it if you like Shakespearean comedies, musical theater, and inclusiveness!

Don't see it if You're in the mood for a drama or something very serious.

Also This show was so much fun. Shaina Taub's hip-hop/R&B/musical theater s... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You want to enjoy a magical night filled with terrific songs and great performances. If music be the food of love (and it is!) play on!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals based on the classics with a diverse cast and delightful wit!

Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Fun, Creative

See it if you want a fun, lighthearted reimagining of Twelfth Night into a musical where Illyria is more or less New Orleans

Don't see it if you want to see a lot of the Shakespearean text

Also The actors were all good (and the chorus was pleasantly diverse, inclu... Read more Read less

Delightful, Exquisite, Funny, Resonant, Quirky

See it if if you want to see a loyal, but refreshing musical adaptation of Shakespeare. Shaina Taub's music is splendid

Don't see it if If you're a Shakespeare purist

Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if The production was so refreshing. The community involvement was exciting and fully integrated. I loved the sign language.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this show. It is 90 minutes. I had a huge smile on my face the whole time.

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love seeing different adaptations of Shakespeare shows

Don't see it if you’re not open to Twelfth Night as a musical

Clever, Delightful, Indulgent, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to be completely blown away by a musical-infused Shakespearean classic that features show-stopping tunes/choreo and a great cast.

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist who only enjoys Shakespeare plays written and performed as close to the text as possible.

Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Fun, light, musical version of the play. Well acted, good songs.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare more traditional, or want to hear the lines straight - much of the play is rewritten in modern song.

Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You are a Shakespeare fan who loves when people do something amazingly fresh and fun with the original text. This was wildly entertaining

Don't see it if You hate joy

Entertaining, Indulgent, Riveting, Great singing, Uneven

See it if You want a Shakespeare-flavored musical Twelfth Night with a sympathetic (and redeemed) Malvolio and great performances by the lead actors.

Don't see it if You want a traditional Shakespeare experience with all the language and side plots, and a fully-integrated ensemble.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny

See it if you're looking for something new

Don't see it if don't like shakespeare

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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