The Public Theater
The Public Theater
4.5
About
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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Neighborhood: Noho
How to get there
  • 8th St – NYU • 2 min walk
  • Astor Place • 2 min walk
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Frank Geisler 🇨🇭
Zurich, Switzerland15,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
We passed this building a few times.

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Written October 10, 2018
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Peter F
Staten Island, NY1,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We caught a matinee of For Colored Girls...It was a delight of theater, song, dancing, poetry and acting. It is a performance piece not easily fit not any one genre or style. It was uplifting and exciting. The players pour their hearts into the performance. Outstanding theater!
Written November 4, 2019
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Sapphire Ed
St. Thomas762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Val and I just saw Socrates with Michael Stuhlbarg in the lead role. Bravo, Amazing, Great Performances!
I also enjoyed that the theater was small and with no bad seats.
This was my first time here and it won’t be my last. I’m soooo tired of the over priced broadway plays that this was like a breath of fresh air.
We’ll be back.
Written May 5, 2019
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Brian K
Frederick, MD75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Yes, the lights and budgets of Broadway are bigger and brighter. Yes, you’re going to see a lot of new American plays here — and that’s a good thing. Every time I see a show here, I’m reminded of the value and immediacy of the theater. This is the birthplace of Hamilton, Hair, and a Chorus Line. If you’re looking for world-class theater that won’t break your budget, it’s hard to go wrong going here.
Written March 30, 2019
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
Terrific, moving and very deep production of Grounded with Anne Hathaway just recently extended until May 24th, you will definitely not be disappointed with her solo performance in this very small venue, only sits around 250 give or take in a u shape. Tickets are reasonably priced and can take advantage of $20 rush tickets 2 hours prior to performance time. Show only runs about 75 minutes. DON'T MISS this show!!
Written April 20, 2015
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YakkinYeti
New York City, NY3,861 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We've been subscribers to the Public for many years (we live in NYC), and have had many memorable experiences. People who like theatre should put this on their list when planning a trip. there are usually several different productions going on at the same time. There may be something that interests you. Last night, we saw "Hamilton," a musical biography of Alexander Hamilton. It was wonderful. Like many of their productions, it seems to be groomed for Broadway.
Written February 15, 2015
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razorspain
Des Moines, IA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
The show was fantastic. I learned more about Imelda Marcos and what happened in the Phillipines than I ever did from TV news. There's audience participation that's not heavy-handed or awkward. The music from David Byrne is unique, compelling, and catchy. My reaction to the final number showed me I was definitely into the show. It caught me a little off-guard.

The Library bar here makes fantastic cocktails in a great wood-paneled, dark leather, ambiance.
Written April 19, 2013
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Julia Vitullo-Martin
New York City, NY244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Plays at the Public Theatre are always thought-provoking but never more so than in their Under the Radar series that runs every winter (now thru Jan 19). For $30 you can see some of the world's most daring and interesting plays featuring fresh actors and stylish direction.
Written January 14, 2020
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Scott Price
Geelong, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
Went here to perform a show for the under the radar festival went here in 2013 and it just amazes me how friendly and generous the staff are here its got a great bar too if you do want to hang out with your mate at night
Written January 8, 2020
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Steve C
Sayville, New York, United States74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
We have seen several shows here, the latest being "Socrates" with Michael Stuhlbarg. This is an excellent venue and very comfortable, unlike many theaters in NYC.
Written August 24, 2019
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