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Shakespeare in the Park 2012

See Shakespeare's Classic Works and Other Plays in Central Park


The Delacorte Theater in Central Park presents free performances of Shakespeare under the stars every summer -- often with star-studded casts (past performers have included Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, and Philip Seymour Hoffman).

2012 Shakespeare in the Park Schedule

The 2012 Shakespeare in the Park season will kick off on June 5 with performances of Shakespeare's As You Like It, starring Andre Braugher and Oliver Platt, through June. In July and August, you can see Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods with Amy Adams.

Shakespeare in the Park is performed at The Delacorte Theate, located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. The theater opens at 7:30 p.m.

Get 2012 Shakespeare in the Park Tickets

Get on Line in Central Park
Although tickets are free, they can be hard to come by. Tickets are handed out on the day of the performance starting at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park -- first come, first served. Lines of eager theater-goers start forming early in the morning. If you choose to line up before 6am, you must line up outside the park along the east side of Central Park West starting at 81st Street.

There is a limit of two tickets per person. Call (212) 260-2400 for more information.

Order Shakespeare in the Park Tickets Online
Some tickets will be available online the day of each performance. To get these tickets, you must register a Virtual Ticketing account and then log on between midnight and 1PM on the day of the performance you want to see to submit a request for up to two tickets. An email will be sent to you by 5PM that day if you have received tickets. Ticket recipients are chosen at random, not in the order that requests are received. Tickets will then be held at The Delacorte Theater Box Office for pick-up between 5PM and 7PM only (ID required).

Pick Up Shakespeare in the Park Tickets In the Boroughs
On some performance dates, a limited number of vouchers for that night's performance will be distributed at locations throughout New York's five boroughs. Ticket vouchers will be distributed between 1PM and 3PM while supplies last. Each person in line is allowed two vouchers, and each voucher is good for one ticket. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office in Central Park between 4PM and 7:30PM. See dates and locations for Shakespeare in the Park ticket vouchers in the boroughs.

Buy Shakespeare in the Park Tickets
To help underwrite production expenses, a limited number of reserved seats will be made available to Summer Supporters. For a donation of $350, you get two reserved seats to be used in any combination for the Shakespeare in the Park season. In order to keep the highest number of free seats available for the general public, these reserved Summer Supporter seats are available for a short time only.

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