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A beloved New York City tradition for more than 60 years, Free Shakespeare in the Park has provided free performances of world class theater to more than five million people. Located at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Free Shakespeare in the Park is the manifestation of founder Joe Papp's vision of a theater that is of, by, and for all people.
Learn more about the history of the Delacorte and Free Shakespeare in the Park.
Interested in reserving your seat? Join us in Central Park this summer with a Gift of Support and you'll access reserved seating in The Delacorte Theater, and help provide free tickets to 100,000 people across NYC and beyond.
There are only a limited number of reserved seats available in order to keep the majority of seats available for free.
Free tickets will be distributed every day there is a public performance for that evening's performance. Tickets will be available via the traditional in-person line at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, plus a daily in-person lottery in the lobby of The Public's flagship at 425 Lafayette, a daily online lottery, and in-person distribution locations throughout the five boroughs. Full details about how to access free tickets, and borough distribution locations and dates, will be posted by May 1. We look forward to seeing you this summer.
Central Park - New York, NY
Enter at 81st St & Central Park West or 79th Street & Fifth Avenue
Free Shakespeare in the Park is performed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Central Park entrances closest to the theater are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
The Delacorte Theater is easily accessible from the B, C and 6 subway lines, as well as from the M2, M3, M4, M10 and M79 bus lines. Once in the Park, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater. For those traveling by car, please note that there are no parking facilities in the Park.