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.

2016 Schedule
This summer is the 54th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.The Public Theater is elated to celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy with Free Shakespeare in the Park, beginning in May.

The Taming of the Shrew.  May 24 - June 26

Tony nominee Phyllida Lloyd will direct the all-female incarnation, starring Cush Jumbo and Janet McTeer. In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, they will begin performances on May 24 and officially open on June 14 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are always free to the public. Up to two tickets per person can be acquired in-person on the day of a performance when the box office opens at noon, up until curtain time. Please note that people do line up for tickets early as there is a limited availability. Alternatively, online reservations can be made by lottery for every performance.

All performances begin at 8pm

Troilus and Cressida: July 19th to August 14th

Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Cymbeline) returns to Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks.

In the 7th year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve - debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.

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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 also are available in the following ways for every public performance, with seating locations in every section of the theater:

In person at the Delacorte

Downtown at Astor Place

Mobile Ticket Lottery Powered by TodayTix

Through borough distributions


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



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