Benefit Events

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!

VIP Experiences

VIP Broadway Events 
The Public Theater is proud to be the place where Fun Home, Eclipsed, and Hamilon began their journey to Broadway. The Public periodically hosts special VIP events featuring these Broadway productions. Members and Partners receive exclusive  access to these events and many more!

For information on upcoming Hamilton Benefits, please contact or call 212-539-8537.


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 
Hosted by Public Theater staff with special appearances by guest artists, these exclusive pre-show dinners in the backstage dining area of Central Park’s Delacorte Theater are a highlight of the summer for our Partners.    


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

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.


To support the work on our stages, we hold benefit performances of select shows throughout the season. Dates are announced throughout the year. All proceeds from benefits support The Public's year round activity. 

Annual Gala

MONDAY JUNE 5th, 2017

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

Each year, proceeds from the Gala 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.

Previous Galas include: a performance of The Tempest featuring Sam Waterston (2015), a celebration of Marvin Hamlisch and the creation of A Chorus Line (2014), 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). 

For questions or to make a reservation, email or call 212.539.8634.

  • Annual Gala - After Party
  • Annual Gala - After Party
  • Annual Gala - Guests at Pre-show Cockails
  • Annual Gala - Guests at Dinner
  • Annual Gala - Dinner
  • Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night
  • Downtown Partner Evening - Guests at After Party
  • Downtown Opening Night - artists after the show
  • Young Partner Winter Bash!