Free Shakespeare in the Park Accessibility Calendars, Venue Information and Partner Organizations

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. For more information regarding accessibility at the Delacorte Theater for Free Shakespeare in the Park 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

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Visual Map of the most accessible path to the Delacorte Theater

From the corner of 81st St. and Central Park West. There is unfortunately no direct vehicular access to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 

The M10 bus is the best choice for accessible public transportation.  For a copy of the M10 bus schedule click here. For a listing of all M10 stops and current locations click here

 

 

 

Gate 1 Wheelchair and Limited Mobility Access

  • Ramp access for wheelchair and limited mobility sections of the Delacorte
  • 11 Stairs up to gain access to the venue
  • Access to Section A
    • Row CC 6 accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1/ 6 up from ramp
    Access to Section B
    • Row CC accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1 or Gate 2/ 6 up from ram

 

 

Gate 2 Wheelchair and Limited Mobility Access

  • 11 Stairs up to gain access to the venue
  • Ramp access through Gate 1 please speak to a staff member for assistance
  • Access to Section B
    • Row CC 6 accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1/ 6 up from ramp
  • Access to Section C
    • Row CC accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1 or Gate 2/ 6 up from ramp

 

Gate 3 Wheelchair and Limited Mobility Access

  • 11 Stairs up to gain access to the venue
  • Ramp access through Gate 1 please speak to a staff member for assistance
  • Access to Section C
    • Row CC 6 accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1/ 6 up from ramp
  • Access to Section D
    • Row CC accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1 or Gate 2/ 6 up from ramp

 

Gate 4 Wheelchair and Limited Mobility Access

  • 11 Stairs up to gain access to the venue
  • Ramp access through Gate 1 please speak to a staff member for assistance
  • Access to Section E
    • Row CC 6 accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1/ 6 up from ramp
  • Access to Section D
    • Row CC accessed from the ramp/6 stairs down from Gate 1 entrance
    • Row A 1 stair up/5 down
    • Row B 2 stairs up/4 down
    • Row C 3 stairs up/3 down
    • Row D 4 stairs up/ 2 down
    • Row E 5 stairs up/1 down
    • Row F entrance level from stairs to Gate 1 or Gate 2/ 6 up from ramp

 

The Public Theater proudly partners with a number of organizations to present accessible performances at both The Public Theater and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 

The Public Theater is proud to partner with Hands On for our American Sign Language interpreted performances of Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater. 

Hands On is a non-profit arts service organization whose mission is to provide access to New York’s vibrant arts and cultural mainstream for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities. Hands On has coordinated interpreted performances at the Delacorte Theatre since 1984 making possible access for thousands of Deaf and hard of hearing audiences to one of New York’s most iconic and exciting summer events.

To learn more about HandsOn and future Free Shakespeare in the Park ASL interpreted performances, as well as other opportunities to attend ASL interpreted performances in New York, please visit their website.

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The Public Theater is proud to partner with TDF.org for Open Caption and Audio Described performances for all of our Public Season shows downtown at The Public Theater and for our Free Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte in Central Park.

TAP is an accessibility department within TDF, a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts. Since 1979, TAP has sought to make theatre accessible, enjoyable and affordable to people with disabilities. The TAP audience is comprised of individuals of all ages who are hard of hearing, deaf, partially sighted, blind and on the autism spectrum, as well as people, who for medical reasons, cannot climb stairs, require aisle seating or use wheelchairs. TAP services include open captioned, sign language interpreted, audio described and autism-friendly performances. TDF’s National Open Captioning Initiative partners with performing arts groups around the country to provide open captioning for their local audiences. TDF’s National Autism Theatre Initiative supports organizations around the country in planning their first autism or sensory friendly performance. TAP also partners with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to make open captioning services available to eligible arts organizations throughout New York State. Additionally, hundreds of tristate area students with hearing and/or vision loss are served each year through TAP’s Access for Young Audiences through in-class workshops followed by a Broadway performance which is either simultaneously open captioned and sign language interpreted or audio described. For more information about TAP please visit their website.

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The Public Theater is proud to partner with HAI at YAI in offering access to accessible seating at performances of Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater. 

Since 1969 HAI (www.hainyc.org)  has reached over 16 million disabled, frail and senior New Yorkers through access to an array of arts and cultural events including Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.  In addition to community events, HAI schedules live performance in health and social service facilities, arts based programming in schools, audio description for blind and visually impaired audiences at Broadway shows, access to a special viewing area for disabled individuals at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as arts workshops and studio time for mental health consumers.  HAI tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are limited and reserved for frail elderly, individuals using wheelchairs or walkers and those with disabilities that make standing difficult.  If you are interested in reserving a ticket for yourself and one guest please contact:  by email:  ufenninger@hainyc.org   by phone:  347.701.3114    

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