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Delacorte Theater

Theater and Performing Arts Venue
Central Park (at 79th St), New York, NY 10028, United States
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  • Today
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 7:00 PM–10:00 PM
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Established in 1962 and found just off 80th street on the SW corner of the Great Lawn in the heart of Central Park, the Delacorte Theatre is best known for its summertime productions of Shakespearean plays, which take place during the annual New York Shakespeare festival.


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    Mike H.
    "standby line for Shakespeare in the Park"(4 Tips)
    "Score free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park via online lottery"(3 Tips)
    Michelle C.
    "score free tickets for Shakespeare"(2 Tips)
    Nicole S.
    "standby line before showtime"(2 Tips)
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  • Roberto T.

    Llegamos a las 5 pm para la fila "StandBy". Ya había unas 50 personas formadas, pero logramos alcanzar un par de boletos. Los reparten a las 7 pm... Paciencia y a disfrutar al saxofonista ;)

    Roberto Torres · 1 week ago
  • Michael F.

    Superb outdoor space with wonderful location in the park and the views, the castle as the backdrop really works

  • Joe B.

    Great performances we'll remember always.

    Joe Bramhall · July 6
  • Matt L.

    If you're trying to figure out what to do tonight, go see a Shakespeare play for free! Jesse Tyler Ferguson was performing in the Tempest.

    Matt Lew · June 29
  • Nicole S.

    If you don't want to wait all day for tickets, try the standby line before showtime or the online ticket lottery.

    Nicole S · June 25
  • Marcie Q.

    Tickets are tough to get!

    Marcie Quintana · June 20
  • Gina S.

    Wow. 4D. I'm in love with the lady who gave me the playbill.

    Gina Salacki · June 20
  • Kavita B.

    Shakespeare in the park. Very few bad seats. Bring a blanket for the evening as well as your own snacks

    Kavita Baba · June 16
  • Mike H.

    The standby line for Shakespeare in the Park is usually pretty reasonable. Get there about an hour and a half before showtime.

    Mike Hopkins · June 13
  • Karissa D.

    Shakespeare in the Paaaaark!

    Karissa Durler · June 11
  • Andy ⚓.

    finally see shakespeare in the park, dammit

    Andy ⚓ · May 7
  • Jeremy W.

    Operators on Craigslist will wait in line for your tickets. Going rate seems to be $100/pair.

    Jeremy Whelchel · August 9, 2014
  • Linnea H.

    Alcohol is now allowed to be brought into the theatre, but no glass bottles.

    Linnea Huston · August 7, 2014
  • Hannah R.

    Great until you get rained on or hear helicopters overhead that distract you from the show.

    Hannah Rozenblat · August 7, 2014
  • Jwow

    FREE Shakespeare in the Park! If you are in the standby line by 5pm you will have no trouble getting a ticket! Bring a picnic and enjoy the park while you wait!

    Jwow · July 8, 2014
  • Erin H.

    Got here at 6am and 12th in line. Make sure to bring a chair or blanket, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and something to keep you occupied for the 6 hour wait!

    Erin Hart · June 15, 2014
  • Ramyaa R.

    Get here super early! People line up by 7am to get tickets handed out at 12PM. Get a picnic blanket, lay it out and relax under the sun while you wait.

    Ramyaa Ravichandra · August 17, 2013
  • Jill C.

    Borough ticket distribution is the way to go. TY Public theater

    Jill Cornell · July 27, 2013
  • Serg

    Let's be honest - no one "enjoys" Shakespeare. It's laborious to watch. I don't think it's worth lining up at 6am (since there's a good chance your seat will suck), and the online lottery is a sham.

    Serg · July 24, 2013
  • Christie G.

    Fun fact: You can't take photos because the set is copyrighted.

    Christie Griffin · June 19, 2013
  • Janelle

    Get virtual tickets within having to spend the night in Central Park

    Janelle · June 16, 2013
  • Robyn P.

    It's all about the standby line

    Robyn Polo · June 8, 2013
  • Diane L.

    Got there at 7 am this morning and got great seats

    Diane Lavine · June 6, 2013
  • Nella V.

    Visit Public Fare for the chocolate gelato.

    Nella Vera · July 25, 2012
  • Jason L.

    Don't you dare take a picture during Shakespeare in the Park. The ushers have eagle eyes.

    Jason Lee · June 27, 2012
  • Jason S.

    If you've waited in line and not hated Saxophone Guy, you've not waited in line.

    Jason Scott · June 17, 2012
  • joan l.

    Concession stand opens at 8

    joan lee · June 17, 2012
  • joan l.

    Pizza places deliver to the line.

    joan lee · June 17, 2012
  • The Public Theater

    Remember flash and video photography inside the Delacorte Theater is strictly prohibited.

    The Public Theater · June 12, 2012
  • The Public Theater

    Thanks for a great first week of Shakespeare In The Park and As You Like It! Keep posting your tips and pictures!

    The Public Theater · June 11, 2012
  • The Corcoran Group

    The summertime home of the Public Theater and a glorious outdoor stage for all their Shakespeare in the Park productions. Tickets are free, if you’re lucky enough to get ‘em.

    The Corcoran Group · January 23, 2012
  • Taylor B.

    See someone famous

    Taylor Baybutt · August 23, 2011
  • Michelle C.

    During the summer, hit the ticket line early to score free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park. Or hangout w/ the hungry locals. - MichelleC.tv

    Michelle Coudon · August 15, 2011
  • Diana L.

    People who work at box office are all rude. I guess there is no free lunch since we are all trying to get the free Shakespeare tix.

    Diana Lee · July 30, 2011
  • Naunihal S.

    Lovely venue, unfortunately the people handing out tickets are rude & petty "If you ask us a question, you go to the back of the line!"

    Naunihal Singh · July 4, 2011
  • Ghostly International

    Mid-week, try walking up a few minutes before performance time to see Shakespeare in the Park. In this case, you get an insane amount more than what you pay for.

    Ghostly International · June 26, 2011
  • Julia W.

    Try the egg BLT sandwich. Amazing

    Julia Winn · June 25, 2011
  • Patrick H.

    Concessions takes cards! Score!

    Patrick Hoffman · June 18, 2011
  • rob z.

    no photos :(

    rob zand · June 18, 2011
  • MetroFocus

    Score free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park via online lottery, in-person at the park, or at various locations throughout NYC. Read more

    MetroFocus · June 17, 2011
  • No Cell Phone!

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    No Cell Phone! · December 2, 2010
  • Victor M.

    Follow the line of people and you will find a Mobile Phone Charger! Email me if you want more info vms@me.com

  • Alexandra Munmun O.

    Bring lawn chairs-arrive early for tix. Sneak in a bottle of wine.

    Alexandra Munmun O'Neill · May 10, 2010
  • Mark A.

    Skip the line and guarantee your seats: get a 3-show pass to The Public, then buy tax-deductible tickets for the nights you want

    Mark Adams · September 20, 2009
  • Samuel D.

    go and see a free show. go to publictheater.org and get in "virtual Line"

    Samuel Dunietz · August 28, 2009
  • Kelsey R.

    Sleep in the park, get free tickets, and enjoy Shakespeare in the Park!

    Kelsey Rahn · July 14, 2009
  • angela n.

    Hathaway, McDonald, Esparza, and Linklater were very funny in Twelfth Night. If you can't spend 8 hours in person queuing for tix, try the "Virtual Line" lottery.

    angela n · July 6, 2009

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