Calling all Thespians, royalty, and common folk: Shakespeare In The Park is back and getting your hands on a ticket may be your greatest achievement of the summer, not to mention the most rewarding.
Shakespeare In The Park is one of NYC’s most time-honored traditions; a magical theatrical production and extremely sought-after experience. Every summer at the Delacorte open-air Theater in Central Park, The Public Theatre presents two live performance productions written by none other than William Shakespeare.
Like SITP (Shakespeare in the Park), the best things in life are free, but much of our time is not. Getting tickets to Shakespeare in the Park is no easy feat, so we're here to show you the way. Here are a few ways to get it done:
1) wait on Line.
Here we have the ultimate labor of love and most traditional / respectable way to get tickets. Immerse yourself in the full SITP experience by waiting in line for the box office which begins selling tickets at 12pm the day of the show. Each individual in the line gets two FREE tickets until they run out.
Be warned: you can't just show up at noon and walk up to the booth. These tickets are so coveted that people start lining up as early as 6am, when Central Park opens.
Given that you may be waiting over 5 hours for those tickets, bring a tent, blanket, lawn chair, book, sunscreen, sandwiches, water, a lot of wine and crush that line. You go Glen Coco!
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2) Pay Someone.
No, we're not kidding. Some things are worth paying for and these tickets definitely are. Use your Bixby app to find a local helper powered by companies like TaskRabbit to wait on line for you while you sleep through the night and enjoy your morning. Upon waking up, you may think you're dreaming, but tickets will have magically appeared at your feet. It's the gangsta way to do it.
3) The Digital Lottery.
Virtual reality roulette, the lucky way of winning tickets to Shakespeare In The Park without having to do much of anything at all; the odds are slim but it's worth a shot. You can enter the lottery between 12AM and 12PM the day of the performance. Each winner gets two tickets.
How to enter: Download the TodayTix app in the App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app and scroll down to find Free Shakespeare in the Park. BONUS: On the confirmation screen, you can double or triple your odds by sharing your entry via Facebook and Twitter. If you win you will be notified between 12PM and 2PM the day of the show. IMPORTANT: You must confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within 45 minutes of being notified. Winners may pick up their tickets starting at 5pm at the Delacorte Theater Box Office. Heads up, tickets not claimed by 7:30pm will be forfeited to the standby line.
4) The Public Lottery.
On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance are distributed via an in-person lottery downtown at The Public Theater, located 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place. Sign-up for the lottery begins in The Ford Foundation Lobby of The Public at 11AM. The lottery is then drawn at 12PM. Those selected may redeem their tickets between 5PM and 7:30PM at the Delacorte Theater Box Office. Vouchers are only valid until 7:30PM for performances on the day they are issued. The only leg work you’ll have to be doing here is going to the Public Theatre, signing yourself up, grabbing a coffee nearby, and saying a little prayer.
5) The Donation.
If you can afford it, donating to the Public Theater guarantees you seats. Not only is this the most sure-fire way of getting in, but you’ll be supporting SITP directly and doing some good for the community. Shakespeare in the Park wouldn't be possible without the support of their donors and by donating, you can be a part of bringing free, world-class Shakespeare to thousands of New Yorkers all summer. If you make a tax-deductable donation of $200 to the Public, you’ll become what’s known as a Summer Supporter. $200 gets you one reserved seat for a production, $400 gets you two, $600 gets you three and so on. For more info or to make the magic happen, visit this link: https://publictheater.org/Programs--Events/Shakespeare-in-the-Park/Support--Reserve-a-Seat/
6) The Scalper.
This is an all around ridiculous idea because if you’re willing to drop $300 on a scalped ticket, you might as well support the actual show for $200, but....if you roll up at the right time, you're likely to find people selling tickets. It ain't cheap, though.