Shakespeare in the Park Guide

The Public Theater presents Shakespeare in the Park

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Since 1954, audiences have been enjoying Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Nearly 1500 people attend each performance, and over 4 million have attended free Shakespeare in the Park performances since they began in 1954. Financing for Shakespeare in the Park is provided by The Public Theater and Summer Sponsors, who pay for a reserved seat (avoiding the wait in line) and make it possible for these productions to continue.

Tickets are required for all who want to attend Shakespeare in the Park and there are four different ways to get tickets:

  1. They are distributed on the day of the performance at the Delacorte Theater beginning at 12 p.m. Lines form early, so check out our tips for getting tickets!
  2. There are also Shakespeare in the Park tickets available online. You'll need to register for your account to enter the lottery. The lottery is open from midnight until noon on the day of each performance. You'll be notified after noon if you've received tickets, and you can pick them up at the theater in Central Park from 5-7 p.m. (Tickets not picked up by 7 will be released to the standby line.)
  3. There are also select dates when ticket vouchers are available in the boroughs. Like the virtual lottery, ticket holders must pick up their tickets at will call between 5 and 7 p.m. or they will be released to people waiting for standby tickets.
  1. There is a lottery for ticket distribution at Astor Place. The lottery opens at 11:30 a.m. and names are drawn at noon at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place. Again, these vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the will call window at the Delacorte Theater between 5 & 7 p.m.

Theater doors open at 8 p.m. and performances begin at 8:30 p.m.

Tips for getting tickets to Shakespeare in the Park

  • There is a 2 ticket per person limit
  • The earlier in the season you wait for tickets, the shorter the line -- as the remaining number of performances wane, the lines get longer
  • People start linking up for tickets as early as 6 a.m. -- though most people arrive between 8 and 10 a.m.
  • If the performance is rained out, tickets are non-exchangeable
  • Tickets are for reserved seats
  • Tickets are hardest to come by in the days immediately after reviews come out

Directions to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park

  • 6 train to 77th Street - Central Park entrance at 79th Street and Fifth Ave - follow footpath to the Delacorte Theater
  • B/C train to 81st Street - Central Park entrance at 81st Street and Central Park West - follow footpath to the Delacorte Theater

2015 Shakespeare in the Park Schedule | Tips for Getting Tickets to Shakepeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park Performances take place at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis on the day of the performance. Don't miss our Tips for Waiting for Shakepeare in the Park Tickets if you're planning to get in line for tickets. You can also become a Summer Sponsor to avoid the wait in line.

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Greif
Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Featuring Jordan Barrow, Louis Cancelmi, Francesca Carpanini, Nicholas Christopher, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chloe Fox, Rosharra Francis, Thomas Gibbons, Frank Harts, Sunny Hitt, Brandon Kalm, Olga Karmansky, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Rico Lebron, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Tim Nicolai, Matthew Oaks, Charles Parnell, Chris Perfetti, Rodney Richardson, Laura Shoop, Cotter Smith, Sam Waterston, and Bernard White 
Dates: May 27 - July 5, 2015
Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission
No performances: May 31, June 7, 14, 17, 18, 27 & July 4, 2014

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater
Featuring Teagle F. Bougere, Kate Burton, Raúl Esparza, David Furr, Hamish Linklater, Jacob Ming-Trent, Patrick Page, Lily Rabe, Steven Skybell
Dates: July 23-August 23, 2015
No performances: July 26, August 2, 9, 16 & 17, 2015

For more help planning to attend Shakespeare in the Park, see our Shakespeare in the Park Guide and Tips for Getting Tickets to Shakepeare in the Park.

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