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Great Performances: Merry Wives

Experience Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece from the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park set in South Harlem telling the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a celebration of Black joy, laughter and vitality.
Season 49 Episode 28 Length 1:49:55 Premiere: 5/20/22

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Keeping Company with Sondheim - S47 E6

  • Sunday May 29, 2022 12:00 am ET on KET
  • Saturday May 28, 2022 11:00 pm CT on KET
  • Friday May 27, 2022 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Friday May 27, 2022 8:00 pm CT on KET

Season 49 Episodes

Great Performances: Keeping Company with Sondheim

S49 E29 Length 1:13:31 Premiere Date 5/27/22

Great Performances: Merry Wives

S49 E28 Length 1:49:55 Premiere Date 5/20/22

Great Performances: Anything Goes

S49 E27 Length 2:20:59 Premiere Date 5/13/22

Now Hear This "New American Voices"

S49 E25 Length 54:25 Premiere Date 4/29/22

Now Hear This "Aaron Copland: Dean of American Music"

S49 E24 Length 54:55 Premiere Date 4/22/22

Now Hear This "Florence Price and the American Migration"

S49 E23 Length 54:25 Premiere Date 4/15/22

Now Hear This "Amy Beach: American Romantic"

S49 E22 Length 53:54 Premiere Date 4/8/22

Great Performances: The Conductor

S49 E20 Length 1:24:55 Premiere Date 3/25/22

Movies for Grownups® Awards 2022 with AARP The Magazine

S49 E19 Length 1:23:35 Premiere Date 3/18/22

Great Performances – Reopening: The Broadway Revival

S49 E16 Length 54:00 Premiere Date 1/18/22

Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole

S49 E12 Length 1:14:18 Premiere Date 11/27/21


S49 E10 Length 1:16:45 Premiere Date 11/26/21

Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night

S49 E9 Length 1:22:25 Premiere Date 11/19/21

Great Performances: A John Williams Premiere at Tanglewood

S49 E8 Length 1:24:55 Premiere Date 11/12/21

Now Hear This "Beethoven's Ghost"

S49 E6 Length 54:25 Premiere Date 10/29/21

The Red Shoes

S49 E3 Length 1:37:53 Premiere Date 9/17/21

Yannick – An Artist’s Journey

S49 E1 Length 1:49:42 Premiere Date 9/3/21

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