Delacorte Theater
Delacorte Theater
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Central Park
How to get there
  • 81st St – Museum of Natural History • 5 min walk
  • 86th St • 7 min walk
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femaleboxer
New York City, NY580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We finally had an excuse to visit; I got tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. It was a phenomenal show on a beautiful evening with a fantastic and funny cast. For such a moderate stage show with little need for additional theatrics or effects, they supplemented with a little modern humor, beautiful costumes, fantastic music, and more. The only thing we found annoying were the number of aircrafts overheard that seemed to interrupt or overshadow the show.
Written 31 March 2022
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Ann S
Waterford, CT249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
There is no more inspiring theater event in the world than Public Works' annual production. This year's Hecules is, as usual, wonderful. See it if you can!
Written 3 September 2019
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runningthesh0w
Salt Lake City, UT26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Magical! Amazing! It did require giving up a morning to wait for tickets. We arrived around 9:30 and had to wait until noon. Once they start distributing tickets the line moves quickly. One of the most enchanting things we did on our visit, but we were in the city for 10 days. If you had limited time it might be hard to give up seeing other things while you waited. Staff was friendly and helpful. They get out ahead and help you get registered for tickets. Lovely to enjoy the park while you wait. Very easy access by subway to the theater. Loved it!
Written 17 June 2018
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Anggie P
Bali, Indonesia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This theater is inside Central Park. Nearest subway is 81st Natural Museum Train B &C.
I watch "Midnight Summer Dream".
Have to wait for the ticket in the afternoon, i arrived there at 11 am, and line wasnt that long (maybe because a bit rain and its Monday). Get my ticket at 12.15. a person can get max 2 tix.

Performance started at 8pm,just come 10 min before, cause seat already arranged in the ticket, so you dont have to fight and be savage for seat.

The play was very good, decoration lighting sound very good, i mean,this is free but the quality is excellent.
Love it. Worth hours of my time line for the ticket.
Oh, you might wanna bring scarf or cardigan, it was a bit chilly at night.
Written 25 July 2017
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NYCInsiderGuide
NY, NY71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
My 5 stars is for the Delacorte Theater...though I would give the Tempest 4 stars. First, I cheated on getting tickets by using a line sitter. For guaranteed seats (usually first 5 rows) and direct delivery to anywhere in Manhattan, I find the fee completely worth it and I have used Mike for 5+ years (he also does TV shows and Broadway). SITP is one of my favorite summer activities in NYC and I try to go at least once a summer. There is nothing more classic than the Delacorte Theater in the heart of Central Park. Now, on to the 2015 first summer show:

I should have done a quick review of The Tempest (which I hadn't read in 20+ years) before hand. So if you aren't familiar with the plot, or need a refresher, definitely Wiki or Cliff Note in advance as sometimes the plot is hard to follow. The set was bit more bland than in prior years (LOVED The Comedy of Errors and Into the Woods). The acting was good and Jesse Tyler Fegurson made me laugh, as always. He is so good on the stage! Whether you see The Tempest or Cymbeline, SITP is always a hit in NYC!

Practical details: intermission lines for ladies room is way too long (avoid if you can), you can bring wine/snacks into the show but no glass allowed, drinks/food available for purchase, but also long lines.

-Melissa, http://www.nycinsiderguide.com/shakespeare-in-the-park
Written 10 July 2015
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HaleyMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
I went to The Comedy of Errors and it was fabulous. Although you can line up and get tickets for free, I had limited time in New York City and got around that. Prior to leaving home in Australia, I signed up to be a summer supporter of the Public Theatre and with that I received a ticket to the show of my choice on the dat of my choice. I think it cost me around US$150, but it was worth every cent to ensure I got into the show I wanted, when I wanted. Particularly good if your time is limited like mine was. I went here alone and walked into and out of Central Park on my own - even caught the Subway and felt nothing but SAFE.
Written 18 August 2013
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Charming_Karl
Charleston, SC1,406 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
I love the idea of getting free tickets to see Shakespeare in the Park. It's the jumping through multiple hoops that get my back up. Let's review the options: (a) get in line before the sun is up, hang out all day and maybe you'll get a pair, (b) become part of the lottery system on the Public Theater's website, put your name in the bucket every night at midnight and hope for a pair of tickets (like finding a needle in a haystack). Meanwhile, corporations and law firms entertaining guests take up the vast number of the best seats and don't have to jump through any hoops.

Or - you can become a Summer Supporter - donate a couple hundred dollars to the Public Theater, and get ONE (that's right, I said 1 (one), not a pair, not 4, just one) reserved ticket to one performance of Shakespeare in the Park.

So as much as I love seeing the performances at the Delacorte Theater - and I have been there a few times over the years - the number of times I have spent numerous hours waiting in line and getting no tickets has left me mostly unwilling to go through the process at this point. Disgruntled yes. I do the lottery system, which as I said is like shooting an apple on top of a fair maiden's head.
Written 18 April 2013
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Rajnish P
Jaipur, India2,500 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Couples
The Delacorte Theater is Located in middle of central park, at 80th Street, Manhattan, New York. It's seating capacity is 1,800 persons. This Public Theater is an open-air horseshoe-shaped amphitheater hosting summer series of annual 'Shakespeare in the Park' drama shows for the public. .

Tickets are free, but you need to wait on line. We were told that opening of this Theater was with a production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

They are celebrating 50th Anniversary this year. Must see if you are lucky to get tickets...
Written 2 September 2012
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BillK59
Rocklin, CA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We had the good fortune to have a friend who got us tickets to see" Much ado about Nothing" in June and it was fantastic, great actors, outdoors under the stars in Central Park. Definitely worth the effort to see the show. We had a great visit to New York City
Written 2 July 2019
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efexinteriors
New York City, NY20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This performance was INSANE, I cant remember a more enjoyable night of theater (so be it; Shakespeare, a musical and rain in an open air theater) Better then some shows I've paid Hundreds to attend. Thank You Joseph Papp for your grand vision of theater for all people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic. Your vision is a grand site to be seen today !
The Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT in Central Park. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special TWELFTH NIGHT is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.
WOW just WOW !!!!!!!!!
Written 14 August 2018
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