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.

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

2017 Schedule
This summer is the 55th 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.

Julius Caesar.  May 23rd to June 18th
Rome's leader, Julius Caesar, is magnetic, populist, irreverent, and bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country's democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Julius Caesar will be directed by Oskar Eustis. This contemporary rendition of Shakespeare's political masterpiece will star House of Cards cast members Corey Stoll and Elizabeth Marvel, as well as Tony winner Nikki James and Pulitzer winner Stephen Adly Guirgis.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: July 11th to August 13th
The Delacorte Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia. Lear deBessonet will be directing A Midsummer Night's Dream.

All performances begin at 8pm.

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Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are FREE and are distributed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 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.

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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