Throughout the year, The Public holds a host of special events. From our annual Shakespeare in the Park Gala to benefit performances in our Downtown season, take a look below to view our upcoming events!

Downtown Partner Evenings 
Partner Evenings include a performance as well as a pre or post show cocktail reception with members of the cast and creative team. Partner Evenings are invitation only.


Annual Young Partner Celebration
An annual, exclusive event for the Young Partners of the Public Theater. Theme varies each year.  


Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Backstage Dinners at The Delacorte 
Hosted by Public Theater staff with special appearances by guest artists, these exclusive pre-show dinner in the backstage dining area of Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.   


Technical Rehearsals 
Led by Public Theater production staffs, these rehearsals are a unique opportunity to watch our directors, design teams, and casts at work, providing valuable insight into how the performance and designs elements of our shows are integrated.  Technical Rehearsals are invitation only. 


To gain access to these insider events and more, join the Partners Program. Under 40? Join the Young Partners Program!


Opening Nights, both at our downtown home at Astor Place and uptown at Shakespeare in the Park, are exclusive post-show parties celebrating the opening of each show with the cast and creative team. Openings are by invitation only.


Thursday, March 12th at 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Joe's Pub at The Public Theater


Join us for a one-night-only benefit performance to benefit The Public Theater!  Tickets are available for $250 and will consist of an intimate dinner and cocktails in Joe's Pub during the performance of Josephine & I, followed by an exclusive Q&A session with Cush Jumbo and Phyllida Lloyd. 


To book tickets, click here






Join us for one of our exclusive events around this thrilling production starring Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Julie Taymour. 


Benefit: Tuesday, April 14

$350 – Enjoy a pre-show wine and cheese reception in the Anspacher Galleries, the performance of Grounded, and a post-show Q&A session with Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor. Proceeds to benefit The Public Theater.

Meet and Greet: April 15, 16, 29, & 30
$1,000 – Premium seating in the Anspacher Theater for Grounded, and then meet Anne Hathaway after the performance for a photo and autograph. Limited to just six guests.

Dinner with Julie and Anne: Tuesday, April 21
$1,500 – A once in a lifetime opportunity limited to just 20 guests!  Premium seating for Grounded, followed by a three-course dinner with Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor in The Library at The Public Theater.


To book tickets for any of the above events, click here





Join us for our Young Partner Winter Bash, a benefit party in The Public's beautiful LuEsther Hall featuring a performance by Bridget Everett, named “the most exciting performer in New York City" by the Village Voice! 

8pm        Cocktails
9pm        Performance by BRIDGET EVERETT!
9:30pm  Dance the night away!


Tickets are available below for pre-sale at the discounted rate for a limited time only!

Questions about the Winter Bash? Email


Aaron Baldinger, Renee Beaumont, Justin Beeber, Alessandra Carlin, Reda Charaffedine, Michael Contini, Andrew Klaber, Tracy Mackenzie, Nate Pinsley, Erin Rech, Jaymere Stein, Ben Wolfert.

Each summer, The Public holds an annual Gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Details on our 2015 Gala are forthcoming.


Proceeds from the Gala each year help to support The Public's mission of providing a home for artists who give voice to the pressing issues of our time, provide access to thousands of New Yorkers with free and low-priced tickets to Shakespeare in the Park and other groundbreaking works, and strengthen the vital relationship between our artists and audience.


Last year, we celebrated Marvin Hamlisch, The Public Theater and the 40th anniversary of the creation of A Chorus Line in ONE THRILLING COMBINATION, a one-night only, celebrity-studded gala event to support The Public Theater. The cast included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter, Jonathan Groff, Joshua Bell, Lindsay Mendez and more.


2014 Gala Co-Chairs
Renee Beaumont
Lizanne Rosenstein


2014 Gala Benefit Committee
Emily & Len Blavatnik, David Byrne, Tony Kushner & Mark Harris, Khee Lee, Ashley Leeds & Christopher M. Harland, Fidel Patino & Dennis Furbush, Lisa & Richard Plepler, Helaine & Michael Pruzan, Celine Rattray, Carole Robinson & Mark Palermo, Renee & Richard Steinberg, Jeanine Tesori, Brian Zeilinger


Previous Galas include: a reading of Romeo and Juliet starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline (2012), and a performance of The Pirates of Penzance starting Kevin Kline (2013). 

Winter Bash

FEBRUARY 19, 2015
8 - 11pm
LuEsther Hall at The Public
Click "Benefits" above for more info.

Price: $150