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Shakespeare In The Park

One of the perks of living in (or visiting) New York in the summer is Shakespeare In The Park. King Lear, starring John Lithgow and Annette Bening, debuted this week at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and runs through August 17th. Shows begin at 8:00 pm rain or shine.

Here’s how to get tickets:

Line up at the Delacorte the day of the performance at noon for free passes–limit of two to a customer.


Check in for a virtual lottery. You can sign in between midnight and 12 pm on the day of each performance and request two tickets to that night’s show. If you’ve won, an email will be sent to you around noon and you can pick up the passes at the box office.

The organizers of the Shakespeare in the Park series truly strive to make admission accessible to everyone, regardless of income. (And these nice folks have been doing so for over fifty years.) Yet there is one way to bypass both long lines and Lady Luck.

If you become a supporter of the series and the Public Theater, you can help keep the program free for all New Yorkers while easily scoring tickets for yourself. A $200 donation will get you a pair of reserved seats, plus one ticket per production at the Public Theater on Lafayette St., plus 15% off an additional ticket at the Public. The donation is tax deductible and helps keep the production free for the masses–a win-win situation all around.

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