Free Shakespeare in the Park made its return to the Delacorte Theater on Saturday, June 10 with the highly anticipated premiere of Hamlet. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon and featuring Tony nominee Ato Blankson-Wood, the show will be running through August 6.
While waiting in line in Central Park is a rite of passage for many theater enthusiasts, there are now additional options for securing tickets to the show. New Yorkers can now obtain tickets at new distribution sites throughout the five boroughs.
Starting on June 15, select dates this summer will offer ticket availability at the distribution sites listed here. Dates and locations in Manhattan are as follows:
- June 17 – Macomb’s Bridge Library (view on map)
- July 2 – The Edge/ Hudson Yards (view on map)
- July 22 – Macomb’s Bridge Library
Free ticket vouchers will be distributed at these sites starting at 12 p.m. It is advisable to arrive early as tickets are known to go quickly. Tickets will be given out for that evening’s performance at 8 p.m. Once you secure your vouchers, you can trade them in at the Delacorte box office between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
You can still win tickets through the digital lottery on TodayTix.
Following Hamlet, Public Works’ The Tempest will take the stage at the Delacorte Theater from August 27 through September 3. This comedy, one of the last plays written solely by William Shakespeare, will feature a new musical adaptation with music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez.
These shows will mark the final events at the Delacorte Theater before it undergoes its renovation (now expected to begin in the fall). In 2024, The Public Theater will feature special programming across all five boroughs.
Remember, brevity is the soul of wit. Good luck getting tickets.