Lincoln Center Festival Plans Marathon Shakespeare, Kafka on the Shore and Tim Burton Celebration | Playbill

News Lincoln Center Festival Plans Marathon Shakespeare, Kafka on the Shore and Tim Burton Celebration The Lincoln Center Festival has announced the line-up for the 20th edition of the festival, which will run from July 6-Aug. 2 in six venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus.

Highlights from the festival include:


DruidShakespeare: The History Plays
The acclaimed Druid Theatre Company of Galway, Ireland, returns for a fourth time to the festival with the North American premiere of DruidShakespeare: The History Plays by playwright Mark O’Rowe and helmed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes. The show is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s four history plays and will be presented as a marathon theatrical experience, or in two consecutive installments. Performances will be in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, July 7-19.

Cheek by Jowl Present Ubu Roi
The celebrated duo of director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod return to the festival with their Cheek by Jowl staging of Alfred Jerry's savage 1896 play Ubu Roi, a proto-surrealist and absurdist comedy about a scheming, murderous yet ridiculous dictator. Set in a contemporary chic French apartment, it features an ensemble of French actors affiliated with the Cheek by Jowl company. There will be five performances of Ubu Roi, July 22-26, at Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Miss Julie directed by Thomas Ostermeier and starring Chulpan Khamatova and Evgeny Mironov
Renowned Russian actors Chulpan Khamatova and Yvgeny Mironov will make a rare New York appearance when they star in August Strindberg’s classic drama Miss Julie. The production will be helmed by acclaimed German director Ostermeier, who is known for his provocative and stylishly contemporary stagings of Ibsen’s plays. Using modern language, the adaptation takes on the same themes of class warfare that appear in the original Swedish text. There will be six performances at New York City Center, July 27-Aug. 2. Kafka on the Shore directed by Yukio Ninagawa
Renowned stage director Yukio Ninagawa will celebrate his 80th birthday with the U.S. premiere of his production of Haruki Murakami’s internationally best-selling novel, "Kafka on the Shore," adapted by Frank Galati. The adaptation will star actors Rie Miyazawa, Naohito Fujiki and Nino Furuhata. There will be four performances, July 23-26 at the David H. Koch Theater.

The Gabriadze Theater presents Ramona
Rezo Gabriadze and his acclaimed puppet-theatre troupe from the Republic of Georgia, The Gabriadze Theatre, will make their fourth festival appearance with Ramona, the story of two ill-fated steam engines who fall in love in the USSR. The story, accompanied by music that is inspired by Georgian folk song, is a mix of humor, compassion and loss. There will be ten performances, July 27- Aug. 1 in the Clark Studio Theater.


Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
The festival opens with this unique, multimedia orchestral experience of specially created suites from a majority of the film collaborations by the legendary composer and visionary director, combined with montages of film clips, sketches, drawings and storyboards edited by Burton. Tony and Grammy winner John Mauceri will lead a full orchestra and choir. There will be eight performances in Avery Fisher Hall July 6-12.

Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury directed by Heiner Goebbels
Heiner Goebbels returns to the festival to direct the Ruhrtriennale production of Harry Partch’s music theatre spectacle Delusion of the Fury. Ensemble Musikfabrik, considered one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music, is bringing a complete set of Partch instruments which have been specially recreated for these performances. A genre-defying ritual work, there will be two performances, July 23 and 24, at New York City Center.

Ticket sales start Jan. 23 for friends of the Lincoln Center and March 31 for the general public. For the full schedule and line-up, visit

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