Advance Digital Lottery for HERCULES

We're so excited to present Public Works' free musical adaptation of HERCULES at The Delacorte Theater this summer. Public Works is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by connecting them as creators and not just spectators. 

Due to the popularity of the Public Works program, we have changed our free ticket distribution from our usual distributions for Free Shakespeare in the Park. To make accessing tickets as equitable as possible, we will have an Advance Digital Lottery and a Daily In-Person Standby Lottery.

This means we won't have a daily free ticket distribution in Central Park, at The Public Theater, a daily digital lottery, or any borough distributions.

So, don't line up at 2am on Central Park West... enter the lotteries instead!


A digital lottery hosted by our partner TodayTix through their mobile app and website which allows you the ability to enter to win free tickets weeks in advance of the performances. Plus, you’ll receive notification if you won (or lost) days prior to the performance you’ve entered for.


Starting on Monday, August 12 at 12:00pm
, the Advance Digital Lottery entry process will begin for all seven performances through our partner, TodayTix. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, August 28 at 12:00pm.

Each winner will receive two (2) tickets to their chosen performance date. 

When you enter, you'll be given only one opportunity to select all the performances you're able to attend, whether it's one, three, or all seven.

There will be separate ADA Accessible and Senior Accessible Advance Digital Lotteries that will follow the same guidelines.

Follow the steps below to enter the digital lottery:

Step 1: Before the lottery opens, please download the TodayTix app, in the App Store or Google Play Store, or visit and create an account. If you already have an account, please make sure your name matches the name on your ID and your email address on the account is correct, as well as confirm that TodayTix app push notifications are turned on.

Step 2: When the entry period starts on Monday, August 12 at 12:00pm, visit the TodayTix's website or scroll down in the TodayTix app to Public Works' HERCULES for access to our General, ADA Accessible, and Senior Accessible Digital Lotteries.

Check your personal calendar to be sure you can make the performance(s) that you're interested in attending before entering. You will not be able to edit your entry once it has been submitted.

All performances will begin at 8:00pm.

  • Saturday, August 31
  • Sunday, September 1
  • Monday, September 2 (Labor Day)
  • Thursday, September 5
  • Friday, September 6
  • Saturday, September 7
  • Sunday, September 8

Take your time. There is no rush to get in your entry as everyone has an equal chance of winning tickets no matter when you enter. But remember, the final entry date is Wednesday, August 28 by 12:00pm. 

Step 3: Starting Wednesday, August 28 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm
, winners will be randomly selected and notified via push notification on the TodayTix app and/or via email for all seven performances. You will have one (1) hour to claim your tickets after receiving notification. If you were not selected for any performance, you will also receive a notification.

If you won, you must claim your tickets with a valid form of identification between 4:00pm and 7:30pm at The Delacorte Theater Box Office on the day of your scheduled performance. Tickets will not be released in advance of this date for any reason. Tickets are only valid until 7:30pm for performances on the day they are issued. Seat locations are assigned randomly on the day of the show, not based on when the tickets are picked up at The Delacorte Box office.

NOTE: If you do not wish to enter via the TodayTix website or app, you can enter via mail for two (2) tickets per winner by mailing an postcard or letter with your name, email, phone number, zip code, desired performance(s), and which lottery you're entering (General, ADA Accessible,  and Senior Accessible as well as the Audio Described and American Sign Language Interpreted access lotteries) to TodayTix, 32 Avenue of the Americas, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10013. Mailed entries must be received by the end of day on Tuesday, August 27. Please send only one (1) postcard for all requested performances.

All times are Eastern Standard Times. Performers, lottery procedures, and performance details are subject to change.

No purchase required to enter. You can only win the Lottery for each performance once. Entrants are selected at random. Those entered via TodayTix app will receive a push notification and an email. Those entered via will receive a notification through an email. Only one entry, either by mail or online, will count. By entering your phone number you are giving TodayTix permission to contact you via SMS Text, Email, or Phone per TodayTix’s privacy policy.

UPDATE: There are specific advance digital lotteries for our Audio Described performance on Saturday, August 31, 2019 and our American Sign Language Interpreted performance on Saturday, September 7, 2019 for patrons who need those services. Starting Monday, August 12, visit the TodayTix website or app to enter those lotteries under "Public Works' HERCULES".