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.

2015 Schedule
This summer is the 53rd anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

The Tempest: May 27th to July 5th

Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law & Order, The Public’s King Lear) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, The Comedy of Errors) return in THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.” 

This production will run from May 27th to July 5th. 

Running time: 2hrs and 45mins with one 15 minute intermission

Cymbeline: July 23rd to August 23rd

Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Proof) directs the Shakespearean fairy tale CYMBELINE, featuring Tony nominee Lily Rabe and Hamish LinklaterPrincess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.

This production will run from July 23rd to August 23rd.

Running time: 2hrs and 45mins with one 15 minute intermission

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Tickets

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.

Location

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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