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Free Things to Do in NYC All Summer: Shakespeare in the Park 2015

Free Things to Do in NYC All Summer: Shakespeare in the Park 2015

Enriching, Unbelievably Free Things to Do in NYC



Shakespeare in the Park



May 27th-July 5th

July 27th-August 23rd



The Delacorte Theater

Central Park





A Central Park summer tradition for 53 years and counting, Shakespeare in the Park delivers free performances of the Bard's beloved plays to lucky crowds in the inspiring outdoor space of Delacorte Theater all season long. Among the most exciting free things to do in NYC, performances are famously star-studded, with past featured celebrities like Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. This year's shows include:


The Tempest

May 27th-July 5th

Sam Waterston, of Law & Order fame, stars in this classic story of love, revenge, and newfound worlds. The production promises to wow, directed by Tony Award nominee, Michael Greif.



July 27th-August 23rd

A riotous fairytale in every right, nothing is as it seems in this wild late-summer escapade, full of love, duels, and cross-dressing characters.


How to Get Tickets

Though tickets are free, there is an art to securing them. At 12pm (noon) on the day of each performance, they are physically distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to patrons waiting in the Free Lines at Delacorte Theater. That said, you'll want to be sure to arrive early, though seat locations are assigned randomly. Guests ages 5+ are entitled to two tickets apiece, while children under the age of five are asked to please sit on a guardian's lap. Outside food and beverage are welcome in the theater as well, just no glass containers.


Online Lottery

If you don't want to wait in line, simply enter the online lottery, 12am-12pm (midnight-noon) on the day of your desired performance, and cross your fingers!