We were interested in visualizing a complex data set of productions, characters, actors in a non-linear time based format. We wanted to create an engaging interface that would allow you to view who’s played iconic Shakespearean characters like Beatrice (Much Ado…), Lear, or Hamlet and also see key actors who have starred in multiple productions.

We were also curious about the plays. What were some of the more popular plays? Which genres dominate?

After 12 (!) design layout variations, hours of data collection and creative coding, we present an interactive homage to this great summertime institution. Any feedback? Please email us.

Visual Design & Interaction:
Allen Yee & Cyril Tsiboulski
Programming: Cristian Zapata

Libraries: raphaël, jQuery, HTML5 Boilerplate

Data sources: Lortel Archives, Delacorte Theater in Central Park…, New York Times Archives, Google Images

Layout inspiration: Eleven years of songwriting mapped

Notable Characters

We’ve selected some notable characters as visualization starters. A tooltip displays for the most recent actor & role.

  • Beatrice
  • Hamlet
  • Iago
  • Juliet
  • Katherine
  • Lear, King of Britain
  • Olivia
  • Othello
  • Portia
  • Prospero
  • Richard III
  • Romeo
  • Rosalind
  • Shylock
  • Viola

Productions legend:

Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater

The Public Theater has staged Shakespeare in the Park since 1962—one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions. Here’s a visualization of all plays, great performers, and accomplished directors.