June 21 - July 17, 2022 Run Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes with one 20 minute intermission
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara (Slave Play, The Public’s Barbecue) brings his sharp wit and story-telling genius to The Delacorte with a bold new production of RICHARD III. One of Shakespeare’s most indelible villains, Richard is determined to be King. Following his lust for power and the throne, he manipulates, kidnaps, and kills all who stand between him and his throne, using brilliant words and dark charm to conceal his dismantling of government and justice. This masterful dive into the muddy middle between political genius and violent power grab will open Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 60th Season with piercing relevancy and electrifying drama.
We're excited to resume its Borough Ticket Distribution this summer. Tickets for FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK are distributed the day of the performance, and on select days we will be hosting ticket distribution events in your boroughs:
Health & Safety
Seating at The Delacorte this summer will be full capacity. There will be no physically distanced seating available. Proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination by the date of attendance are required for access to The Delacorte. Boosters are encouraged for those eligible under CDC guidelines, but not required.
For further information, visit Safe in the Park. We recognize that public health guidelines may change in the coming months and ask for your patience as we make any necessary safety adjustments. All policies are subject to change at The Public's sole discretion and without notice.
FRI 06/17 8:00 PM
SAT 06/18 8:00 PM
SUN 06/19 8:00 PM
TUE 06/21 8:00 PM
WED 06/22 8:00 PM Dorothy Strelsin Backstage Dinner
THU 06/23 8:00 PM
FRI 06/24 8:00 PM
SAT 06/25 8:00 PM
SUN 06/26 8:00 PM
TUE 06/28 8:00 PM
WED 06/29 8:00 PM
THU 06/30 8:00 PM Opening
FRI 07/01 8:00 PM
SAT 07/02 8:00 PM Community Night
SUN 07/03 8:00 PM
TUE 07/05 8:00 PM
WED 07/06 8:00 PM
THU 07/07 8:00 PM Dorothy Strelsin Backstage Dinner
FRI 07/08 8:00 PM
SAT 07/09 8:00 PM Audio Described
SUN 07/10 8:00 PM
TUE 07/12 8:00 PM Dorothy Strelsin Backstage Dinner
WED 07/13 8:00 PM American Sign Language (ASL)
THU 07/14 8:00 PM
FRI 07/15 8:00 PM
SAT 07/16 8:00 PM American Sign Language (ASL)
SUN 07/17 8:00 PM Open Caption
We are excited to announce our planned return to in-person distributions for free tickets this summer and the return of TodayTix as our official digital lottery provider for Free Shakespeare in the Park.
Want to reserve your seat to New York’s favorite summer tradition? Become a Supporter Plus with a gift of $300 or more and you’ll have access to reserved seating at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. You’ll also be contributing to a 60-year legacy of providing millions of free tickets to New Yorkers.
*Please note, reserved seating for a donation is limited in order to continue to keep the majority of tickets to Free Shakespeare in the Park accessible to all.
We are excited to announce our planned return to in-person distributions for free tickets this summer, and the return of TodayTix as our official digital lottery provider for Free Shakespeare in the Park.
- In-person distribution in Central Park
- In-person lottery at The Public Theater
- In-person distribution in the boroughs
- Digital lottery with TodayTix
- In-person standby line in Central Park
Learn more on how to access tickets to Free Shakespeare in the Park.
- July 9, 2022 Audio Description with TDF TAP
- July 13, 2022 American Sign Language (ASL) with Hands On
- July 16, 2022 American Sign Language (ASL) with Hands On
- July 17, 2022 Open Caption with TDF TAP
Learn more about Accessibility Services for People with Disabilities. If you have additional questions, need assistance, or an accommodation please contact us at [email protected].
Prince of Wales
Sanjit De Silva
Duke of York
Thaddeus S. Fitzpatrick
is an award-winning playwright and actress born in Iowa to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe. As an actor Gurira starred as General Okoye in Marvel’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster film Black Panther (People’s Choice Award, NAACP Image Award, SAG Award: Outstanding Performance by a Cast/Motion Picture). She reprised her role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. She also starred as ‘Michonne’ on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for seven seasons. Some other acting credits include Mother of George, The Visitor, Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Measure for Measure (Equity Callaway Award) and Broadway’s revival of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Playwright credits include In the Continuum (Obie Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award), Eclipsed (Tony nomination: Best Play, NAACP Award, Helen Hayes Award: Best New Play, Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production of a Play), The Convert (six Ovation Awards, L.A. Outer Critics Award), and Familiar (Sam Norkin Award). An ambassador for Bono’s ONE campaign, she is co-founder of Almasi Arts Alliance, founder of Love Our Girls, and a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. MFA: Tisch Grad Acting, NYU. Twitter/Instagram: @DanaiGurira
Sarah Nina Hayon
Duchess of York
Matthew August Jeffers
King Edward IV/Richmond
Marcus Raye Pérez
Heather Alicia Simms
Daniel J. Watts
Delacorte 2022 Sound System Designer
Director of Artistic Sign Language
ASL Interpreter Coordinator
Production Stage Manager