This year celebrates 50 years of the well-known Shakespeare in the Park event. The Public Theatre’s Free Shakespeare in the Park event is now one of New York City’s most enjoyed summer traditions. Each year tens of thousands of people from New York and beyond travel to the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park to watch the delights of free Shakespeare performances.
Over 100,000 tickets are released each year for the general public. Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are absolutely free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte theatre at 12PM (noon) on the day of the show. The tickets are first come first served so it’s best to get there a bit early to ensure you get the tickets! One great tip to ensure that you manage to grab some tickets is to go to the earlier performances in the season, as the later on in the season you go the longer the queue and the less likely you are to get tickets! However it is best not to go in the very first few days as the days following the reviews are often hectic!
The annual Shakespeare in the Park event, is one of the absolute must see events in Gotham every summer, with recent years having star studded casts that have included Hathaway, Pacino, and in 2012 Amy Adams in “Into the Woods”. This year will be no exception with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of the hit TV comedy show Modern Family, included in this year’s line-up.
Before the play starts, there is the opportunity to grab some lunch in the park, with a variety of food choices on offer; a picnic is a great way to start off the event. The theatre doors are opened at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8.30pm to allow time for everyone to settle as the tickets are for reserved seats. Shakespeare in the Park is an excellent excuse to discover NYC’s fantastic restaurants and hotels after the show, there is something for everyone no matter what cuisine you are searching for, with some of the best restaurants in the world being situated within the city. There is also a large choice of hotels from cheap and cheerful to five star bliss, with many of them walking distance from central park where the open air plays are held.
The two plays that are being performed in the park this year are “The Comedy of Errors” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. The ‘Comedy of Errors’is being revived in the park having not been performed there for 20 years, whilst ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ is a brilliant story that tells of true love and coming of age.
This fabulous event offers you the opportunity to relive all your favourite plays but in an extraordinary place in the world, and if they are not your favourite plays then they will be after this fabulous showing. So why don’t you fly on by New York this summer for one of its most well-known free culture events, and watch Shakespeare under the stars.
About Author: Cal McToldridge likes to write about all things travel, including NYC’s fantastic restaurants and hotels and lesser-known local attractions.