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Shakespeare in the Park

BY AYE OSTERTAG
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5/29/2018

Shakespeare in the Park.

Shakespeare in the Park is on of NYC’s most beloved traditions. It was created by the late Joseph Papp in 1962, and the The Public Theater kept on the tradition every summer since then. It’s a great event you’ve got to experience if you are in NYC during the summer.

The productions in 2018 include Othello directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, from May 29 through June 24. And Twelfth Night directed by Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah, from July 17 through August 19.

Shakespeare in the Park is free and happens at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The easiest way to access the theater is to enter at 81st Street and Central Park West. You can take the B or C train to 81st-Museum of Natural History.

Tickets are free but there are only four especial ways of getting them:

 

From Delacorte Theater at Central Park.

Free tickets are distributed on each performance day at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park starting at 12pm. Before going there you need to have a Public Theater Patron ID, this is the link to do so: 

https://publictheater.org/Programs--Events/Shakespeare-in-the-Park/register/

Central Park doesn’t open until 6am, but we recommend getting there as early as you can because the line is going to be long, and there's a two limit ticket per person. You should bring a chair, or something to sit on, umbrella or poncho in case it rains, and something to eat because you can’t leave your spot once you’re there.

Here is where the Upicnic team can help, we have a wide arrange of sandwiches, salads and drinks that we can deliver to you while you wait in line! 


If you’re not an early bird and want to try your luck there’s also a standby line for tickets that went unclaimed by the lottery winners. Be sure to be there early to get a good spot in line.

 

Digital Lottery.

You can download the Today Tix app to your phone and enter the lottery between 12:00AM and 12:00PM on the day of each performance. You’ll be notified if you win by 2.15pm that same day and have 45 minutes to claim your ticket. Each winner will get two tickets to that night’s performance and can pick up the ticket between 5pm and 7.30pm at the Delacorte Theater Box Office.

 

At the Public Theater in Astor Place.

There’s an in person Lottery at the Public Theater in 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place, every day of each performance. Sign-up starts at 11am and the lottery is drawn at 12pm. If you’re a winner you can redeem your tickets from 5pm to 7.30pm at the Delacorte Theater Box Office, vouchers are only valid until 7.30pm the day of the performance.

 

Borough distribution.

On some performance dates, free ticket vouchers will be available at a selected location in one of NYC’s boroughs. These vouchers will be given away from 12pm to 2pm or while supplies last. Be sure you check the Borough Distribution calendar on the Public Theater website. If you make it, you can exchange your vouchers at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

In case you couldn't read this whole article, this is a short helpful video on how to get tickets.


Another Free Shakespeare productions.

If you don’t want to go through all the hustle of getting tickets, there are other free Shakespeare productions happening in the city:

Bryant Park:

https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/shakespeare

Riverside Park

http://www.hudsonwarehouse.net/season.html

Central Park and other locations

http://www.hudsonwarehouse.net/season.html

 

 

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