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Boston's own Publick Theatre performs every summer in an open-air amphitheater in Herter Park, between Soldiers Field Road and the Charles River. We may be the only theatre in New England with a moat!

The purpose of the Publick Theatre, Inc. is to discover, develop and showcase Boston area theatrical artists in a variety of performing arts programs of professional quality that are accessible and challenging to diverse audiences. The Publick Theatre's goals include introducing people to the multifaceted aspects of live theatre and creating new generations of theatergoers.

What We Did Last Summer:

June 16 & 17

29 Again...A 30 year tribute to the Publick Theatre

Our annual fundraiser

The Publick celebrated the past 30 years of hit shows featuring the talented leading men and women that you have loved, in roles that made you laugh and cry! Performances included selections from Sweeny Todd, Guys & Dolls, Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Pirates of Penzance, and Ruddigore, plus scenes from some of our greatest Shakespearean productions.
  • Directed by Maryann Zschau
  • Musical direction by Jonathan Goldberg

June 29- July 23


by William Shakespeare

Directed by Diego Arciniegas

Blood, thunder, hectic passion and screeching witches all haunt the darkened landscape of one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies. Based on historic figures, Macbeth is the story of a Scottish king, who having attained the throne by murdering his predecessor, finds himself plunging eben deeper into tyranny and guilt. A compelling and compassionate drama driven by sexuality, violence anbd ambition. Macbeth is a testimony to the powers of theatre.

August 14 & 15 Project Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

Deborah Schoenberg, Program Director

The Publick Theatre's acclaimed educational program in its 6th season features an exciting company of young theatre artists in fully staged productions.

August 21 & 22 Project Shakespeare


The Melancholy Dane

August 3-September 3


Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Spiro Veloudos

Musical Direction by Jonathan Goldberg

Choreography by Ilsye Robbins

Gypsy Rose Lee's memoirs inspired this nostalgic look at vaudeville, burlesque, motherhood and the path to stardom. This musical fable depicts theatrical life through an edxtraordinary blend of music, movement, rowdy comedy, powerful drama and all the arts of the theatre. This landmark musical features some of Broadway's most memorable songs, including Everything's Coming Up Roses, Together Wherever We Go, You Gotta Have a Gimmick, and Let Me Entertain You.

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The Publick Theatre, Inc.

165 Friend Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2025

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since January 8, 1996

Web site created and maintained by Sheldon Brown

Web space donated by Harris Cyclery, West Newton

Updated Wednesday, January 10, 2001