On each public performance date, a limited number of ticket vouchers for that night’s performance will be distributed via an in-person lottery downtown at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place, so be sure to check the performance calendar.  Sign-up for the lottery will begin in The Ford Foundation Lobby of The Public at 11AM. The lottery will be drawn at 12pm (noon).  A Public Theater Patron ID is required to receive a free ticket and you can follow this link to create or look up a Patron ID in advance of arriving for distribution.

Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) vouchers upon winning, while supplies last.  To allow as many different people as possible to attend performances throughout the summer, each person will be limited to receiving 2 (two) free tickets to a total of 2 (two) performances of each production during the Free Shakespeare in the Park season.

Those selected may redeem the voucher(s) for ticket(s) between 5PM and 7:30PM at the Delacorte Theater Box Office. Vouchers are only valid until 7:30PM for performances on the day they are issued.  Seat locations are distributed randomly upon redemption, not based on a person's redemption time at the Delacorte Box office.

ADA accessibility seating is limited for those who have a mobility disability. For assistance, in acquiring accessible seating during our lottery, please speak to a member of The Public Theater staff upon your arrival for the lottery.

Evening Standby Line

A standby line may be formed at the Delacorte for performances when all tickets and vouchers are distributed for that evening's performance. The Public Theater staff will begin to monitor the line starting at 6:00pm. Free standby tickets will be distributed if and when they become available, two (2) per person. Finally, we are unable to offer separate ADA Accessible and Senior Accessible lines during standby before performances in the park due to limited availability and demand, but if you require some form of accommodation due to a mobility disability please speak to a member of our staff upon their arrival to monitor the line.


See you at The Public and good luck!


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