On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance will be distributed via an in-person lottery downtown at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place.

Sign-up for the lottery will begin in The Ford Foundation Lobby of The Public at 11AM. The lottery will be drawn at 12PM (noon).

Those selected may redeem the voucher(s) for ticket(s) 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.


Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets upon winning, while supplies last.


ADA accessibility seating is limited. For assistance, in acquiring accessible seating during our lottery, please speak to a member of The Public Theater staff.


All those who wish to acquire tickets must have a Public Theater Patron ID. Follow this link to register or access your account before you arrive.


Seat locations are distributed randomly upon redemption, not based on a person's redemption time at the Delacorte Box office.


All vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 5PM and 7:30PM. Vouchers are only valid until 7:30PM for performances on the day they are issued.


Check out this video on How To Get Free Tickets with helpful tips with Rebecca Naomi Jones. 

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