The Shakespeare Society


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June 1, 6 - 8 pm
Honoring Damn Helen Mirren & Lily Rabe

At The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South
Tickets - $150. Space is LIMITED! Book early. 
Please join The Shakespeare Society for our third annual Playing Shakespeare Celebration where we celebrate this past year of Shakespeare in New York City! This year we will honor Dame Helen Mirren with The Shakespeare Medal and Lily Rabe with the Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare award. The evening will include a silent auction with items from Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, BAM, Theatre for a New Audience, The Folger Library & Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and many more; awards ceremony, cocktails and canapés! We look forward to seeing you there! 

April 20 at 7pm
A Book Launch & Celebration of
Tina Packer's Women of Will
At The Pearl Theatre, 555 West 42nd St.
$20 for General Public & $15 for Shakespeare Society Members.*
Click HERE for Tickets.

Pre-show wine reception at 6:30; 
Reception and book signing to follow. 

Come celebrate the publication of Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays (Knopf, 2015), Tina Packer's adaptation of her expansive five-part theater piece of the same name - a fierce, funny, fearless exploration of what the New York Times called Shakespeare's "mighty sorority." The evening will include Ms. Packer and Nigel Gore performing selections from the stage work; an onstage conversation with Ms. Packer about the book and her groundbreaking career as author, actress, director and founder of the legendary Shakespeare & Co; an audience Q&A; wine reception and book signing.


"Visceral and intellectual...A sparkling, insightful exploration of Shakespeare's words and world."
- Kirkus Reviews

As a seasoned thespian who has explored her themes in a performance piece bearing the same name as this book, Packer recognizes in Shakespeare's full dramatic trajectory a great artist gaining ever fuller understanding of both genders' human identity.  In intercalary interludes, readers join the gifted author in pondering the unfolding insights.  An important and fascinating addition to feminist literary criticism."

Booklist, starred review

"In Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays, Tina Packer makes a passionate personal statement about what she's learned from 40 years' experience acting and directing Shakespeare...Packer never claims to offer the only truth about Shakespeare's plays, simply to have discovered an important, neglected theme: that women's voices are essential in his quest to reveal life in its essence and its entirety.Her warmhearted book will engage anyone who shares her belief that plays written 500 years ago can help us see how to live fully and happily in the 21st century."

American Theater

*Contact Jackie Tralies ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for discount code. 

May 1, 2, & 3 at 6 pm
Twelfth Night
Performed by The Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble

Community Performances 
Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 6pm
MS424, 730 Bryant Ave., Bronx, NY

Manhattan Benefit Performance
Sunday, May 3 at 6pm
The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., New York, NY
Tickets - $30. Click HERE to purchase. 

Now in its eighth year, The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble is an extraordinary collaboration between The Shakespeare Society and the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the South Bronx. The HPCSE will present William Shakespeare’s topsy-turvy comedy Twelfth Night.  Our merry production is set on a fantastical island in the Caribbean with originally composed music sung by the Ensemble’s 9 – 10 year old choristers and with Shakespeare’s own words marvelously interpreted by the 5th and 6thgrade actors.  The children of the Ensemble have worked for 8 months to learn the play, become their characters, create a cohesive ensemble and take on the many responsibilities (and joys) of mounting a fully produced version of a Shakespeare play.

May 11 at 7 pm
Fair Persuasions
An Evening with The Shakespeare Society Ambassadors
At The Pearl Theatre, 555 West 42nd St.
$20 for General Public & $15 for Shakespeare Society Members*
Click HERE for tickets or call (212) 563-9261.

Join us for an evening of scenes from Henry VI, Part III, Richard IIIRichard IITwelfth Night, and Measure for Measure - all featuring The Shakespeare Society's talented and spirited Ambassadors.  The Ambassadors are a 21-member corps of young working theater artists who share The Society's passion for the warmth, wit, and wisdom of Shakespeare's works.  Help us celebrate their artistry as we consider what draws us again and again to some of the most challenging, fascinating moments in Shakespeare's plays.

*Contact Jackie Tralies for the Member Discount Code.