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The Public Theater

425 Lafayette St, New York City, NY 10003-7021
+1 212-539-8500
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Founded in 1954 as the Shakespeare Workshop, this non-profit theater presents full seasons of new plays, musicals, Shakespeare and the classics in various venues throughout New York City.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
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“chorus line” (2 reviews)
“off broadway” (3 reviews)
“talented cast” (2 reviews)
425 Lafayette St, New York City, NY 10003-7021
+1 212-539-8500
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful venue for creative excellent theatre performances - sometimes experimental, sometimes challenging but always first rate productions. Rough to get tickets - most theatres, and there are quite a few - are limited in size as are the length of time each production runs.

Thank KARENSK_12
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Amazing institution in Manhattan--brought Hair, A Chorus Line, Hamilton among other one of a king musicals to the Broadway stage that were developed at the Public. Dramas also produced as well as all the Shakespeare produced in Central Park. A miracle for us all and...More

Thank operatorsm1
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

I've been to Shakespeare in the Park many a time, but this was my first visit to the Public. I saw Oscar Isaac and Keegan Michael Key in Hamlet, and it was amazing. The creativity of the staff of the Public is out of this...More

Thank lr62194
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Fantastic opportunity to see Harvey Fierstein up close in a dramatic role. The show recounts notable milestones in the history of gay rights while depicting a romance between two men from different generations and backgrounds. Is it perfect? No. But is the excellent? Yes. It...More

Thank Ann S
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Wonderful refreshing and unique.... The musicians all three were OUTSTANDING....thre solo performer ...OMG ,,,, talented and entertaining ... We love the Public..,. Best deal in NYC ...We try to see all the offerings in every setting.... We prefer to eat at the Library then at...More

Thank achristine13
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This was amazing! I decided to check it out when I realized that David Byrne did the music...Wow!! This was truly a great night if entertainment! As we left the theater, we couldn't help telling ourselves that this is what it must have felt like...More

Thank nu2tech
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This venue is great because it's same and the sound is excellent! Be aware there is a 15$ minimum food purchase or 2 drink minimum per person. If you get a booth be aware they are so very uncomfortable. There are no springs or support...More

Thank Mylilblueshoes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Every time I get a ticket to one of the shows at The Public, I am not disappointed. Not every show is Hamilton. But I did not expect a Hip-Hop show to blow me away. So take a chance and get a ticket to anything...More

Thank Herbert F
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We saw Hamlet. It was being presented at the Public after touring to 18 locations throughout the area to bring theater to under-served communities. For me, this will live in my memory as one of the best productions of Shakespeare I have ever seen. I...More

Thank Ann S
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We love this theatre. The performance tonight was REAL theatre the second part of the Gabriel family journey through life. The issues all managed in real time real life. TheAssisted Living issue the reversal of mortgage for the elderly the banks allowing an elder to...More

Thank achristine13
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