Continuing The Public Theater’s mission to make theater accessible to all, free tickets will be given out for the first preview performance of shows in The Public’s downtown season at Astor Place.
The FREE FIRST PREVIEW initiative expands on Joe Papp’s vision to engage the whole city in the transformative experience of theater that started more than 50 years ago with Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte, and has since served more than five million people with over 150 free productions.
FREE TICKETS can be accessed through the TodayTix Mobile Lottery, The Public Theater in person lottery, and the standby line at The Public.
TODAYTIX MOBILE LOTTERY:
Tickets will be available via the TodayTix mobile lottery, which will launch one week before the first preview of each show. Winners will be notified by email and push notification between 12:00pm and 3:00pm on the day of the first preview. You must confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified.
THE LOTTERY AT THE PUBLIC:
A limited number of free tickets will be distributed via lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater at Astor Place. Entries will be accepted on the day of the performance starting at 11:00am with names drawn at 12pm (noon). Limit of two tickets per person. One entry per person.
THE STANDBY LINE AT THE PUBLIC:
Free standby line tickets may become available 30 minutes prior to the scheduled curtain time of each first preview performance. Patrons are discouraged from arriving to form a line in the lobby of The Public Theater earlier then one hour prior to the scheduled curtain. If and when tickets become available patrons are able to acquire one (1) ticket per person in line. Patrons will also be required to have a Public Theater patron ID to receive tickets and may confirm or create their ID before arriving at the theater by visiting publictheater.org/register. Staff will also be on hand at the theater to assist in this process if need be. Tickets are subject to availability.
Upcoming Free First Previews: