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FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK TICKETS 2022

We are excited to announce our planned return to in-person distributions for free tickets this summer and the return of Today Tix as our official digital lottery provider for Free Shakespeare in the Park. 

These policies are subject to change due to evolving Health & Safety protocols as The Public continues to work to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, staff, and artists. Any official changes to our distribution policies will be shared here. 

Updated 04.28.2022

INDEX

IN-PERSON DISTRIBUTION IN CENTRAL PARK

IN-PERSON LOTTERY AT THE PUBLIC THEATER

IN-PERSON DISTRIBUTION IN THE BOROUGHS

DIGITAL LOTTERY WITH TODAYTIX

IN-PERSON STANDBY LINE IN CENTRAL PARK

OTHER TICKETING FAQS

IN-PERSON DISTRIBUTION IN CENTRAL PARK

Free tickets are distributed on each public performance day via the free ticket lines at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

  • A Public Theater Patron ID is required to receive a free ticket, and we encourage you to create or confirm your ID before arrival by visiting publictheater.org/register.
  • Free tickets are distributed at 12PM (Noon) every day when there is a public performance.
  • Performance days may vary from week to week, so check the performance calendar.
  • Seat locations are randomly distributed; not based on the position of a person in the line, and you and your group are not guaranteed to be seated together. 
  • People waiting for free tickets must line up along the paths designated by The Public Theater staff and The Parks Department.
  • Each person (age 5+) may receive two (2) tickets while supplies last.
  • Learn more about our Health & Safety Plan for Free Shakespeare in the Park
  • Please remember that Central Park is officially closed until 6AM, and we encourage you not to form a line outside the park overnight or before 6AM.
  • Anyone who attempts to create a line inside the park before 6AM is sent to the end of any line that has formed outside the park.
There are three separate distribution lines at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park:
  • General Distribution Line
  • Senior 65+ Distribution Line
  • Access for People with Disabilities Line

IN-PERSON LOTTERY AT THE PUBLIC THEATER

On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance are distributed via an in-person lottery at:

The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
NY, NY 10003
  • A Public Theater Patron ID is required to receive a free ticket, and we encourage you to create or confirm your ID before arrival by visiting publictheater.org/register.
  • We will begin taking entries for the lottery in The Ford Foundation Lobby of The Public starting at 11AM. The lottery will be drawn at 12PM (Noon).
  • Performance days may vary from week to week, so check the performance calendar.
  • Ticket vouchers are redeemable only for same-day performances.
  • Seat locations are distributed randomly upon redemption, not based on a person’s redemption time at The Delacorte Theater Box Office.
  • All vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 5:30PM and 7:30PM.
  • Vouchers are only valid until 7:30PM for the performance on the day they are issued.
  • Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) vouchers upon winning while supplies last.
  • Learn more about our Health & Safety Plan for Free Shakespeare in the Park
  • Accessible seating is limited at The Delacorte. For assistance in acquiring accessible seating during our lottery distributions, please speak to a member of The Public Theater staff upon your arrival for the lottery.

IN-PERSON DISTRIBUTION IN THE BOROUGHS

A limited number of free ticket vouchers for specific performances will be distributed at locations in the Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens boroughs of New York City.

  • A Public Theater Patron ID is required to receive a free ticket, and we encourage you to create or confirm your ID before arrival by visiting publictheater.org/register.
  • Free tickets are distributed at 12PM (Noon) every day when there is a public performance. Borough distributions will end when all the vouchers have been distributed or at 2PM, whichever occurs first. 
  • Performance days may vary from week to week, so check the performance calendar.
  • Borough distribution dates and locations vary, so cross-reference the borough distribution calendar with the performance date you wish to attend. (Coming Soon!)
  • People waiting for ticket vouchers must line up along the paths designated by The Public Theater staff and the borough distribution partner.
  • Ticket vouchers are redeemable only for same-day performances.
  • Seat locations are distributed randomly upon redemption, not based on a person’s redemption time at The Delacorte Theater Box Office.
  • All vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 5:30PM and 7:30PM.
  • Vouchers are only valid until 7:30PM for the performance on the day they are issued.
  • Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) vouchers upon winning while supplies last.
  • Learn more about our Health & Safety Plan for Free Shakespeare in the Park
  • Accessible seating is limited at The Delacorte. For assistance in acquiring accessible seating during our borough distributions, please speak to a member of The Public Theater staff upon arrival at the borough distribution location.

DIGITAL LOTTERY WITH TODAYTIX

A limited number of free tickets are distributed via digital lottery on the TodayTix app or through their desktop website on each public performance date.

1
Download the  TodayTix  app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or visit their website.
2
Open the app and scroll down to find Free Shakespeare in the Park or search for Free Shakespeare in the Park on the TodayTix website.
3
Enter the lottery for two free tickets. You may double or triple your odds on the confirmation screen by sharing your entry via Facebook and Twitter.
4
See If You Won! Monitor your phone or email beginning at 12PM Noon to see if you have one and claim your tickets for that evening’s performance. 
More things to know:
  • Make sure your name and e-mail 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 have won between noon and 2:30PM on the day of the show. 
  • You must confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within 30 minutes of being notified.
  • All tickets must be claimed at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 5:30PM and 7:30PM.
  • Tickets are only valid until 7:30PM for the performance on the day they are issued.
  • You can enter the lottery between 12:01AM and 12:00PM (Noon) on the day of each public performance. Each winner will get two (2) tickets to that night’s performance.
  • There are three digital lotteries General, Senior 65+, and Access for People with Disabilities.
  • Duplicate entries and entries made via both the TodayTix app and website will be voided.
  • Learn more about our Health & Safety Plan for Free Shakespeare in the Park
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IN-PERSON STANDBY LINE IN CENTRAL PARK

After the final ticket is distributed for that day’s performance, anyone who did not obtain a ticket may begin to form a stand-by line at The Delacorte Theater in Central.

  • A Public Theater Patron ID is required to receive a free ticket, and we encourage you to create or confirm your ID before arrival by visiting publictheater.org/register.
  • The Public Theater staff will begin to monitor this line, starting at 6PM.
  • Tickets may begin to be distributed to this line any time after 6PM through the beginning of the performance or when Public Theater staff dismiss the line. 
  • Pending availability, free standby tickets will be distributed, 2 per person.
  • Performance days may vary from week to week, so check the performance calendar.
  • Seat locations are randomly distributed, not based on the position of a person in the line.
  • People waiting for free tickets must line up along the paths designated by The Public Theater staff and The Parks Department.
  • Learn more about our Health & Safety Plan for Free Shakespeare in the Park
  • We are unable to offer separate standby lines for General, 65+, or people with disabilities since all tickets received on standby are the best available at their time of release. We will do our best to assist with requests for accommodation from people with disabilities, but again there are no guarantees on the standby line. 

OTHER TICKETING FAQS

  • The Public Theater reserves the right to deny tickets, including tickets to future performances this season and in future seasons, to anyone participating on a secondary market in the selling or obtaining of tickets that The Public Theater offers for free, and to revoke such tickets or to deny admission to anyone found in possession of such obtained tickets.  Any known activity regarding the misuse of free tickets should be reported to The Public Theater staff. The Public Theater does not condone ticket scalping. It undermines the spirit of Free Shakespeare in the Park and is unfair to those who wait in line.
  • The ticket distribution lines and the area surrounding the Delacorte Theater are monitored by video.

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