How to Access Tickets to Free Shakespeare in the Park | The Public Theater


Hi I’m Patti Murin. I’m Kyle Beltran. And
I’m Nikki M. James and we’re here at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park
where we all had the privilege of performing at this very theater under
the stars in the heart of New York City. I played the Princess in Love’s Labour’s
Lost in the Summer of 2013. I played Viola in last Summer’s Twelfth Night
production. In the Summer of 2017 I played Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. For over fifty five years, The Delacorte has been home to one of New
York’s greatest summer traditions: The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the
Park. Over five million people have seen over 150 world-class productions here at
this very theater, absolutely free. There are many ways to get free tickets: At The
Delacorte, Downtown at the Public Theater, through the TodayTix mobile app and
website and through borough distributions in your community. Here at
the Delacorte tickets are distributed two per person at noon on each performance
day. The line usually forms a few hours before noon so make sure you plan ahead
and check the performance schedule. On each performance date you can also go
and enter an in-person lottery downtown at The Public Theater on Astor Place for
that night’s performance. Sign up begins at 11:00 a.m. on each performance day and the
lottery will be drawn at 12 p.m. noon. You get one hour to sign up. Free tickets
are also distributed by a mobile lottery through the TodayTix app. You can enter
the digital lottery between 12 a.m. midnight and 12 p.m. noon on the day of
each public performance. Make sure your name and email address are correct and
that TodayTix push notifications are turned on so you can receive
confirmation of lottery status. You will be notified if you’ve won
between noon and 2:30 p.m. on the day of the show. To serve all of New York City
and bring free Shakespeare in the Park closer to all New Yorkers, a limited
number of free ticket vouchers are distributed two per person at noon on
select dates at various partner organizations throughout New York’s
boroughs. The line usually forms a few hours before noon so make sure you plan
ahead and check the borough distribution schedule. Big news! We have been listening to
you New York and this year we’re excited to announce that there will be
distributions in the boroughs for almost every single performance. Check
publictheater.org/borough for the complete borough distribution schedule
to find out when we will be in your community. A few other things you should
know: if you or a member of your party require accessible seating for the
performance, our staff is on hand at every distribution point to assist with
accommodation. There are also accessible options available through the TodayTix
digital lottery. There are usually less people in line when there’s a chance of
rain throughout the day, so don’t let a few clouds or drops of rain stop you
from waiting in the lines. What starts off as a gray and gloomy morning in the
park can usually become a beautiful night under the stars. If there is
inclement weather, no performance is ever canceled before 8 p.m.
There are usually fewer people in line for weekday performances and early in
the run of each show, so be one of the first to see one of these new
productions of Shakespeare’s classics. If you’re looking for something to do while
waiting in line: bring a book to read, or a drawing notebook, or a pair of
headphones to listen to music. Also, make sure you stay hydrated and bring snacks
along the way. You can reserve a seat for Free Shakespeare in the Park in advance
by donating and becoming a Public Supporter and help keep Shakespeare in
the Park free for all. Your support ensures this New York tradition lives on
and your reserved seat is our way of thanking you for helping us provide
100,000 free tickets each summer. For more details on all the ticket
distribution methods please visit publictheater.org/shakespeare. We all
hope to see you here this summer for Free Shakespeare in the Park at the
Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

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