Tickets to Free Shakespeare in the Park are available via the distribution methods listed below.

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Delacorte Theater

May 21 - June 23

Free tickets will be distributed on each performance day by waiting on line at select distribution points in the five boroughs as well as in Central Park. An in person lottery is held in the lobby of The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St and a digital lottery is hosted through Today Tix, all summer long. 

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Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (American Son, A Raisin in the Sun) directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.


Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

We invite you to become a part of this New York City tradition by joining us as a Public Supporter with a gift starting at $500. As thanks for your generous support, we'll save you a pair of seats to use for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING or CORIOLANUS. In order to give away as many free tickets as possible, we only have a limited number of reserved seats available for each performance. We encourage you to book early to guarantee your performance date!

To learn more about becoming a Public Supporter or to make a gift, click here or call 212.967.7555.   

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Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kenny Leon

Jamar Brathwaite
(Ensemble), Danielle Brooks (Beatrice), Grantham Coleman (Benedick), Chuck Cooper (Leonato), Javen Crosby (Ensemble), Denzel Fields (Ensemble), Jeremie Harris (Claudio), Tayler Harris (Ensemble), Erik Laray Harvey (Antonio/Verges), Kai Heath (Messenger), Daniel Croix Henderson (Balthasar), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Friar Francis/Sexton), Tiffany Denise Hobbs (Ursula), Lateefah Holder (Dogberry), LaWanda Hopkins (Dancer), Billy Eugene Jones (Don Pedro), Margaret Odette (Hero), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Don John), William Roberson (Ensemble)Jaime Lincoln Smith (Borachio), Jazmine Stewart (Ensemble), Khiry Walker (Conrade/Ensemble), Olivia Washington (Margaret), and Latra A. Wilson (Dancer)

Choreography Camille A. Brown
Scenic Design Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design Jessica Paz
Hair, Wig, and Make-Up Design Mia Neal
Fight Director Thomas Schall
Voice and Text Kate Wilson

Production is in development please check back closer to your performance for specifics about show effects that may be of concern. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.