Free tickets are distributed on each performance day via the free lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. We recognize that ticket lines can sometimes be long, and we appreciate your time and dedication. People waiting for free tickets must line up along the path designated by The Public Theater staff and The Parks Department.

Free tickets are distributed at 12PM (noon) every day that there is a public performance. Performance days will vary from week to week, so be sure to check the performance calendar. Please remember that Central Park does not officially open until 6AM. 

Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, while supplies last

There are separate lines for Senior Accessibility for senior citizens (65+) who require accessible seating and ADA Accessibility for patrons with disabilities (attestation to the need for accessible seating will be required).

All those who wish to acquire tickets must have a Public Theater Patron ID. Follow this link to register or access your account before you arrive.

Seat locations are distributed randomly, not based on a person's position in the line

Check out this video on How To Get Free Tickets with helpful tips with Rebecca Naomi Jones. 

Support The Public and reserve your seat! With a donation of $500 or more, you can reserve your seats for this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park season. It’s our way of thanking you for helping us provide thousands of free tickets to our audiences each summer. Click here to become a supporter today.