Free Shakespeare in the Park Accessibility for Patrons and Visitors with Disabilities

The Public Theater strives to make its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned below, please contact us at 212.967.7555 (voice) or accessibility@publictheater.org. To view a calendar of upcoming performances at the Delacorte Theater please click here.  For more information regarding accessibilty at The Public Theater click here.  For calendar that includes accessible performances at The Public as well as details about our venues please click here

Blind or Low Vision Icon Information for Patrons and Visitors who are Blind or have Low Vision and attending Free Shakepseare in the Park 

The Public Theater is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons with disabilities.

Audio Description Icon Audio Description

Audio description is scheduled for select Free Shakespeare in the Park performances throughout the summer. Using a single earpiece connected to an FM headset, patrons who are blind or have low vision can listen to trained audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. Headsets with induction neckloops are also available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch. Ask your audiologist whether your hearing aid or cochlear implant has a "T" switch (telecoil) and how to use it with an assistive listening headset.  Audio describers start pre-show notes approximately 15 minutes before the performance begins. Tickets for events that will be offered with audio descriptions may be obtained by making a donation to The Public Theater by calling us at 212.967.7555, visting our box office or online. Becuase this service is available no matter the seat location at the Delacorte patrons who acquire tickets through our free distribution access points should visit the box office at the Delacorte starting 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance to obtain a headset free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  Some form of identification must be left with the Box Office to borrow a headset during a performance. For more information regarding distribution in Central Park click here. For more information regarding our Downtown Lottery click here. For more information regarding our Borough Distributions click here. For information regarding our Digital Lottery sponsered by Today Tix click here.  Finally, tickets may also be obtained by visiting our audio descriptions partner website TDF.org

The Public Theater also offers audio description upon request. Requests to audio describe non-designated events must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by the Director of Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or accessibility@publictheater.org These requests are subject to the availability of a describer and are provided at the discretion of the management.

Click Here for a calendar of upcoming accessible performances at the Delacorte as well specifics about our venue and our partners.

hearing icon Information for Patrons and Visitors who are Deaf or Have Hearing Loss and attending Free Shakespeare in the Park

The Public Theater is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons with disabilities.

Assisted Listening Device Icon Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. FM radio assistive listening systems are installed at the Delacorte Theater and headsets may be used at any seat. Headsets with induction neckloops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch. Ask your audiologist whether your hearing aid or cochlear implant has a "T" switch (telecoil) and how to use it with an assistive listening headset.

Headsets are distributed 30 minutes prior to performances free-of-charge and on a first-come, first-served basis at the Box Office of the Delacorte Theater for Free Shakespeare in the Park. Some form of identification must be left with the Box Office to borrow an Assisted Listening Device during a performance. 

American Sign Language Icon Sign Language Interpretation

Sign language interpretation is scheduled for select Free Shakespeare in the Park events throughout the summer. Tickets for events that will be offered with American Sign Language Interpretation may be obtained by making a donation to The Public Theater by calling us at 212.967.7555, visting our box office or online. Becuase this service is available to a limited number of seat locations at the Delacorte patrons who require this service should alert the staff of their need for access upon arrival at their chosen distribution point.  For more information regarding distribution in Central Park click here. For more information regarding our Downtown Lottery click here. For more information regarding our Borough Distributions click here. For information regarding our Digital Lottery sponsered by Today Tix click here.  Tickets in the sign-interpretated section of the Delacorte Theater may also be obtained by contacting Hands On, our ASL partner, by visiting their website Handson.org.

The Public Theater also offers sign language interpretation upon request. Requests for sign language interpreters, cued speech transliterators, or oral interpreters for non-designated events must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by the Director of Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or accessibility@publictheater.org. These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and are provided at the discretion of the management.

Captioning Icon Captioning

Open-captioning is scheduled for select Free Shakespeare in the Park events throughout the year. During these events, an experienced captioner scrolls up to three lines of text onto a four-foot-long LED sign in sync with the performance downtown at The Public. At the Delacorte for Free Shakespeare in the Park two six-foot-long television screens scoll up to two lines of text in sync with the performance. Tickets for events that will be offered with Open Captioning may be obtained by making a donation to The Public Theater by calling us at 212.967.7555, visting our box office or online. Tickets for events that will be offered with open captions may be obtained by making a donation to The Public Theater by calling us at 212.967.7555, visting our box office or online. For more information regarding distribution in Central Park click here. For more information regarding our Downtown Lottery click here. For more information regarding our Borough Distributions click here. For information regarding our Digital Lottery sponsered by Today Tix click here.  Finally, tickets may also be obtained by visiting our audio descriptions partner website TDF.org

The Public Theater also offers captioning upon request. Requests to caption non-designated events must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by the Director of Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or accessibility@publictheater.org. These requests are subject to the availability of a captioner and are provided at the discretion of the management.

Click Here for a calendar of upcoming accessible performances at the Delacorte as well specifics about our venue and our partners.

Wheelchair Accessibility Icon Information for Patrons and Visitors with Mobility Disabilities

The Public Theater strives to make its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons. 

Wheelchair Accessibility Icon Accessible Entrances

At the Delacorte theater access to wheelchair seating locations by way of ramp is available by entering the theater through Gate 1. If your assigned seats for a performance at the Delacorte direct you to another gate, but you require the use of ramp access please speak to a staff member for assistance.  

Wheelchair Accessibility Icon Accessible Seating

The Delacorte has wheelchair- and scooter-accessible locations where patrons can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats. Wheelchair accessible seating may be obtained by making a donation to The Public Theater by calling us at 212.967.7555, visting our box office or online.  In addition wheelchair accessible seating may also be acquired for free by visting our distribution in Central Park which you can lean more about by clicking here, at our Downtown Lottery click here, at our Borough Distributions click here, and finally  through our Digital Lottery sponsered by Today Tix by clicking here.  For personal assistance in obtaining accessible seats or for more information about accessibility for a person with a disability, please call us at 212.967.7555 or email us at accessibility@publictheater.org.

Accessible Restrooms Icon Accessible Restrooms 

All public restrooms at the Delacorte Theater are wheelchair accessible and maintained by the Parks Department.

Click Here for a calendar of upcoming accessible performances at the Delacorte as well specifics about our venue and our partners.