Free tickets are distributed on each performance day via the free lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. We recognize that ticket lines can sometimes be long, and we appreciate your time and dedication. People waiting for free tickets must line up along the path designated by The Public Theater staff and The Parks Department.  A Public Theater Patron ID is required to receive a free ticket and you can follow this link to create or look up a Patron ID in advance of arriving for distribution.

Free tickets are distributed at 12PM (noon) every day that there is a public performance. Performance days will vary from week to week, so be sure to check the performance calendar. Please remember that Central Park does not officially open until 6AM. Seat locations are distributed randomly, not based on a person's position in the line.

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

There are separate lines for Senior Accessibility for senior citizens (65+) who require accessible seating and ADA Accessibility for patrons with disabilities (attestation to the need for accessible seating will be required).  Seating is limited for our Open Caption, Audio Described, and American Sign Language Interpreted performances so please join the ADA line for assistance in acquiring tickets for these special performances.  To confirm accessible performance dates, please visit our Free Shakespeare in the Park accessibility calendars.  In caring for our patrons with disabilities, the ADA Accessibility ticket distribution is handled on a rolling basis starting at 10am until all available accessible tickets have been distributed. 

Standby Line: If you do not receive tickets you may join the standby line after the final ticket is distributed for that day's performance. The Public Theater staff will begin to monitor the line starting at 6:00pm. Free standby tickets will be distributed if and when they become available, two (2) per person. Finally, we are unable to offer separate ADA Acessible and Senior Acessible lines during standby before performances in the park because all accessible seating locations are distributed during our morning distributions due to limited availability and demand.


Support The Public and reserve your seat! With a donation of $500 or more, you can reserve your seats for this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park season. It’s our way of thanking you for helping us provide thousands of free tickets to our audiences each summer. Click here to become a supporter today.