Morning Distribution

Free tickets are distributed at 12PM (noon) on each public performance day via the free lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, so be sure to check the performance calendar. 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 paths designated by The Public Theater staff and The Parks Department.  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.  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.

Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, while supplies last.  To allow as many different people as possible to attend performances throughout the summer, each person will be limited to receiving 2 (two) free tickets to a total of 2 (two) performances of each production during the Free Shakespeare in the Park season.

There is a separate line for Senior Accessibility for patrons (65+) who may require accessible seating during distribution and/or during the performance. Although anyone age 65+ with proof of age is eligible to join this line there is a limited amount of tickets available to be distributed. If you do not require any form of accommodation you may consider joining the general distribution line. Please feel free to speak to a member of our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

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. (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

Evening Standby Line

A standby line may be formed for performances when all tickets and vouchers are distributed for that evening'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 Accessible and Senior Accessible lines during standby before performances in the park due to limited availability and demand, but if you require some form of accommodation due to a mobility disability please speak to a member of our staff upon their arrival to monitor the line.

We hope to see you at the Delacorte this summer!


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