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Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park
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Free Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event that is held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. It is produced by The Public Theater, and attendance is free, provided that guests wait in line for tickets on the day of the performance.

Shakespeare in the Park includes two productions over the course of the summer, and one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions.

2014 Schedule
This summer is the 52nd anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Much Ado About Nothing

A production of “Much Ado About Nothing” will run from June 3rd to July 6th. Directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien, and starring Hamish Linklater and Tony nominee Lily Rabe. 

King Lear

A production of “King Lear” will run from July 22nd to August 17th. Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, and starring Tony and Emmy award winner John Lithgow. It's Shakespeare’s classic drama about a King who loses everything—including his mind—when he disowns his favorite daughter, and finds himself betrayed in return.

Refer to shakespeareinthepark.org for more details.

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Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are FREE and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 12 noon on the day of the show. People often line up a few hours before noon, so plan ahead.

Seat locations are distributed randomly.

Free tickets are also available through the Virtual Ticketing lottery at shakespeareinthepark.org on the day of the show.


The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.


— Jesse M. Wheeler

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