New York City Performing Arts

Shakespeare in the Park

  • Midpark, use 81st St. entrance at Central Park W Map It
  • Upper West Side
  • Theater
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Some of the best things in New York are, indeed, free—including this summer festival presented by the Public Theater and performed at an open-air stage in Central Park. Many notable performers have appeared here, including Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Helen Hunt, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Anne Hathaway, and Kevin Kline. The tickets are given out (limit two per person) starting at noon on the day of each show, and always sell out. What you save in money, you make up for in time and tedium—lines are usually long. Plan to line up by midmorning or earlier if there have been good reviews. The easiest way to score these scarce tickets is to register via an online lottery between midnight and noon on the day you'd like to attend; an email response after noon confirms (or denies) success. Making a donation to the Public Theater is one way to avoid the lines and be sure you get a ticket.

Performing Art Information


Delacorte Theater, Central Park, Midpark, use 81st St. entrance at Central Park W, New York, New York, 10024, USA

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Performing Art Details:

  • Free

Published 09/11/2016


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