Summer 2011 will bring six weeks of Shakespeare plays to a specially constructed theatre inside the Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. With 44 actors, 23 musicians and about 30 other artists, 45 performances of Shakespeare's work will be shown in the new Stratford-upon-Avon home in New York City.
The five plays include: "Antony and Cleopatra," "As You Like It," "Julius Caesar," "King Lear," "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Winter's Tale."
These will be performed in a 55,000 square foot exact replica of the company's Royal Shkespeare Theater that Michael Boyd, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company says will cost several hundred thousand dollars. Ohio State University is contributing money to the project and are collaborating on a program with the Shakespeare Company to make the instruction of Shakespeare stronger.
"This is a bigger undertaking than we've done in a very long time, so we're feeling a mixture of excitement and some nervousness," Boyd said.