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NYC's Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park's Delacorte Theater
New York City's FREE beloved summertime tradition at Central Park's Delacorte Theater is back for another exciting season.

Shakespeare in the Park 2016 Season Performances

Taming of the Shrew
May 24-June 26, 2016

This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take.
Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart.
Troilus & Cressida
July 19-August 14, 2016

Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Cymbeline) returns to Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks.
In the 7th year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve - debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are Free!

Free tickets to the 2016 season will once again be distributed in the Park, online via the Mobile Ticketing lottery, and in the five boroughs of New York City.  More details will be available in the coming months.  

Become a Summer Supporter today and help keep the tradition of Free Shakespeare in the Park alive. Your generosity will make it possible for us to continue distributing thousands of free tickets year after year. In thanks for your contribution, you will receive reserved seating for Shakespeare in the Park, as well as discount tickets to other Public Theater productions throughout the season!

Support free Shakespeare in the Park. Call 212-967-7555 to make a contribution today!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Shakespeare in the Park:

What is Shakespeare in the Park? Shakespeare in the Park is The Public Theater's annual season of free plays at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park.
Where is Shakespeare in the Park?
Shakespeare in the Park takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Enter at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

What plays are being performed at Shakespeare in the Park this year?
This year, Shakespeare in the Park will feature
Taming of the Shew and Troilus & Cressida.

What is the schedule of the two Shakespeare in the Park productions this summer?
Taming of the Shrew
May 24-June 26, 2016
Troilus & Cressida
July 19-August 14, 2016

How many tickets can I get by waiting in line?
Each person waiting in line can receive up to two tickets, subject to availability.

Why are the lines for Shakespeare in the Park so long?
Over 100,000 free tickets are made available to Shakespeare in the Park each summer. While we do our best to accommodate everyone who would like to attend a performance, the demand for tickets is always greater than the number of seats we have available. We appreciate your patience and are working very hard to ensure that the process remains as smooth and equitable as possible.

Why can't I be in the Park before 6am?
Central Park is closed between the hours of 1am and 6am. NYPD will patrol the Delacorte area and issue summons to anyone in the Park before its official open time. If you choose to line up before 6am, please do so along the east side of Central Park West starting at 81st Street. A Public Theater line monitor will escort the line in at 6am. The Public Theater neither suggests nor condones lining up before the park opens at 6am.

Can I reserve seats to Shakespeare in the Park in advance?
In gratitude of their generosity, we are able to offer our Partners reserved seats to Shakespeare in the Park.

Are there group tickets to Shakespeare in the Park?
Free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are not available for group reservations. If you would like to attend a performance as a group, the group can wait in the line at the Delacorte Theater.

What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, the start of the performance may be delayed. However, the production will be performed if and when it is possible to do so. If a performance is canceled due to rain or any other reason, tickets obtained via the line at the Delacorte Theater or through Virtual Ticketing are not valid for re-issue or exchange.

What time do performances begin?
All performances begin at 8pm.

Are there any separate policies for senior citizens or people with disabilities?
There are separate ticket lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for senior citizens and for people with disabilities. In addition, there are separate daily drawings for senior citizens and people with disabilities in our Virtual Ticketing system.
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