Shakespeare In The Park

Continuing over 50 years of Free Shakespeare in the Park, we are thrilled to announce the 2016 season at The Delacorte!


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May 24 – June 26

All performances begin at 8pm

The New York Times called Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Henry IV “a celebration of the metamorphic wonder of live stage acting.” This summer, the Tony nominated director 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.






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July 19 – August 14

All performances begin at 8pm

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.



The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

Free tickets are available for every public performance, with seating locations in every section of the theater. Free tickets are available in the following ways:

Help keep Shakespeare in the Park free for all and reserve your seat!

Summer Supporters and Partners, please log in to reserve your seats.


What is the schedule of the two Free Shakespeare in the Park productions this summer?

The Comedy of Errors runs May 28 – June 30, and Love’s Labour’s Lost, A New Musical runs July 23 – August 18. For a full schedule, click here.

What time do performances begin?

All performances of The Comedy of Errors and Love’s Labour’s Lost, A New Musical begin at 8:30pm. For start times for special events, please visit each event’s individual page.

How do I get tickets?

There are a number of ways to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park, including the Free Ticket Lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and on this website via our Virtual Ticketing system. For more information, see the Tickets page.

How many tickets can I get by waiting in line?

Each person waiting in line can receive up to two tickets, subject to availability. Click here for more information.

Are there any separate ticket policies for senior citizens or people with disabilities?

There are separate Free 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 online via our Virtual Ticketing system. For more information, see the Tickets page.

Can I reserve seats to Shakespeare in the Park in advance?

As a thank you for their generosity and help in keeping Free Shakespeare in the Park free for all, we are able to offer our Summer Supporters, Fellows, and Partners reserved seats to Shakespeare in the Park. Click here for more information or to donate today.

What if it rains?

No performance will be canceled before 8:30pm, even if it’s raining. We may delay the beginning of the performance, but will perform if and when possible and safe for the actors.

Why can’t I be in the Park before 6am?

Central Park is closed between the hours of 1:00AM and 6:00AM. 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 6:00AM, 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 6:00 AM. The Public Theater neither suggests nor condones lining up before the park opens at 6:00AM.

Why are the lines for Shakespeare in the Park so long?

Tens of thousands of free tickets are made available to Free 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.

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, or you can consider the Delacorte Investors program.