Central Park

Delacorte Theater

Theater and Performing Arts Venue
Central Park, New York
  • Mike H.
    "standby line for Shakespeare in the Park"(4 Tips)
    Jill C.
    "TY Public theater"(3 Tips)
    Nicole S.
    "standby line before showtime"(2 Tips)
    angela n.
    "... for tix, try the "Virtual Line" lottery."(2 Tips)
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  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LiSeptember 6
    Best bet for Shakespeare in the Park tickets is the lottery at The Public (Astor Pl) from 11:30-12. You MUST be on time for lotto & to pick up tix
  • Eva d.
    Not a bad seat in the house. Shakespeare in the Park was unforgettable.
  • Omar L.
    Omar LoggiaAugust 16
    This 1800 seat, open-air theatre is home to the famous Shakespeare in the Park performances every summer.
  • Harrison J.
    ACTING!!! Be sure to enter the lottery to get free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park
  • Collette S.
    Collette SJuly 10
    Get lottery tix from Today Tix
  • Erin R.
    Erin RathJune 25
    Marvelous setting for live theater. Seats on the narrow side, though -- not terribly comfortable.
  • Andrew P.
    Shakespeare in the Park!
  • Phacharin N.
    Free Shakespeare in the park all summer!!!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 3
    June 3rd: Wait in line for free tickets to see the all-lady production (yessss) of Taming of the Shrew at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Read more
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMay 29
    Lovely spot. Pack a small picnic with wine to enjoy (quietly) during the performance.
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PlaineDecember 23, 2015
    "No photography allowed" so snap a quick, no flash photo before you settle in. Hit the bathroom before the show as its looked down upon to get up during.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightSeptember 5, 2015
    The theater itself was nice, but we weren't fond of the particular performance. Definitely will try another.
  • Michael F.
    Superb outdoor space with wonderful location in the park and the views, the castle as the backdrop really works
  • Joe B.
    Joe BramhallJuly 6, 2015
    Great performances we'll remember always.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewJune 29, 2015
    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.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SJune 25, 2015
    If you don't want to wait all day for tickets, try the standby line before showtime or the online ticket lottery.
  • Marcie Q.
    Marcie QuintanaJune 20, 2015
    Tickets are tough to get!
  • Guba G.
    Guba GumpJune 20, 2015
    Wow. 4D. I'm in love with the lady who gave me the playbill.
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaJune 16, 2015
    Shakespeare in the park. Very few bad seats. Bring a blanket for the evening as well as your own snacks
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsJune 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The standby line for Shakespeare in the Park is usually pretty reasonable. Get there about an hour and a half before showtime.
  • Karissa D.
    Karissa DurlerJune 11, 2015
    Shakespeare in the Paaaaark!
  • Andy ⚓.
    Andy ⚓May 7, 2015
    finally see shakespeare in the park, dammit
  • jeremy w.
    jeremy whelchelAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Operators on Craigslist will wait in line for your tickets. Going rate seems to be $100/pair.
  • Linnea H.
    Linnea HustonAugust 7, 2014
    Alcohol is now allowed to be brought into the theatre, but no glass bottles.
  • Hannah R.
    Hannah RozenblatAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great until you get rained on or hear helicopters overhead that distract you from the show.
  • Jwow
    JwowJuly 8, 2014
    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!
  • Erin H.
    Erin HartJune 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Ramyaa R.
    Ramyaa RavichandraAugust 17, 2013
    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.
  • Jill C.
    Jill CornellJuly 27, 2013
    Borough ticket distribution is the way to go. TY Public theater
  • Christie G.
    Christie GriffinJune 19, 2013
    Fun fact: You can't take photos because the set is copyrighted.
  • Janelle
    JanelleJune 16, 2013
    Get virtual tickets within having to spend the night in Central Park
  • Robyn P.
    Robyn PoloJune 8, 2013
    It's all about the standby line
  • Diane L.
    Diane LavineJune 6, 2013
    Got there at 7 am this morning and got great seats
  • Nella V.
    Nella VeraJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Visit Public Fare for the chocolate gelato.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LeeJune 27, 2012
    Don't you dare take a picture during Shakespeare in the Park. The ushers have eagle eyes.
  • Jason S.
    Jason ScottJune 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you've waited in line and not hated Saxophone Guy, you've not waited in line.
  • joan l.
    joan leeJune 17, 2012
    Concession stand opens at 8
  • joan l.
    joan leeJune 17, 2012
    Pizza places deliver to the line.
  • The Public Theater
    The Public TheaterJune 12, 2012
    Remember flash and video photography inside the Delacorte Theater is strictly prohibited.
  • The Public Theater
    The Public TheaterJune 11, 2012
    Thanks for a great first week of Shakespeare In The Park and As You Like It! Keep posting your tips and pictures!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 23, 2012
    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.
  • Taylor B.
    Taylor BaybuttAugust 23, 2011
    See someone famous
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonAugust 15, 2011
    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
  • Diana L.
    Diana LeeJuly 30, 2011
    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.
  • Naunihal S.
    Naunihal SinghJuly 4, 2011
    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!"
    Upvoted Sep 3
  • 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.
  • Julia W.
    Julia WinnJune 25, 2011
    Try the egg BLT sandwich. Amazing
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HoffmanJune 18, 2011
    Concessions takes cards! Score!
  • rob z.
    rob zandJune 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    no photos :(
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJune 17, 2011
    Score free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park via online lottery, in-person at the park, or at various locations throughout NYC. Read more
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