Delacorte Theater

The Delacorte Theater is a 1,800-seat open-air theater located in Central Park, in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is home to the Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park productions.

Over five million people have attended more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater since its opening in 1962.[1]

Delacorte Theater
Delacorte Theater stage viewed from aisle M-N
The theater
AddressCentral Park
New York, New York
United States
Coordinates40°46′48.36″N 73°58′7.56″W / 40.7801000°N 73.9687667°WCoordinates: 40°46′48.36″N 73°58′7.56″W / 40.7801000°N 73.9687667°W
OwnerCity of New York
OperatorPublic Theater
Shakespeare in the Park


The theater is named in honor of Valerie and George T. Delacorte, Jr., who donated money for its establishment, after several seasons presented by Joseph Papp's Shakespeare Workshop (founded in 1954) had been touring New York's boroughs on temporary staging and had proved the venture worthwhile. Papp had started seeking funds in 1958 for a permanent outdoor amphitheater in Central Park, under the aegis of Helen Hayes. Papp believed theater was essential for all to experience, and that it should be free for all. These conceits, and Papp's personal drive and determination, are what propelled Shakespeare in the Park into becoming one of New York City's most treasured and beloved traditions.

The first production, in 1962, was The Merchant of Venice starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones.[2]

Notable recent productions include Amy Adams, Denis O'Hare and Donna Murphy in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, Lily Rabe in As You Like It, Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice, Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald in Twelfth Night, and the 2008 revival of HAIR.

The Public is known for casting both seasoned talent and for providing exposure for up and coming actors in Park productions, including Billy Crudup, Morgan Freeman, Marcia Gay Harden, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeff Goldblum, Liev Schreiber, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Walken and Denzel Washington, not to mention dozens of directors and designers.

In 2010, Shakespeare in the Park featured repertory casting for the first time in decades. Two shows, The Merchant of Venice and The Winter's Tale, ran on an alternating basis over the course of the series and featured largely the same cast. The trend continued in the 2011 season.

The 2011 season, featured All's Well That Ends Well, directed by Daniel Sullivan, and Measure for Measure, directed by David Esbjornson, running in repertory on alternate evenings.[3] The repertory cast featured John Cullum, Danai Gurira, Michael Hayden, Annie Parisse, Tonya Pinkins, Lorenzo Pisoni and Reg Rogers.

The 2012 season celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Delacorte Theater, featuring Lily Rabe and Oliver Platt in Shakespeare's As You Like It directed by Daniel Sullivan and Amy Adams and Donna Murphy in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, a transfer of an outdoor production done in Regent's Park in London in 2010.

The season also featured a one-night only reading of Romeo and Juliet starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the two lead roles, supported by Phylicia Rashad, Sam Waterston, Sandra Oh, Bill Irwin, Christine Baranski, John Cullum, Raúl Esparza, Jesse L. Martin, Jerry Stiller, Christopher Walken and others.

The Public’s 2013 season began with The Comedy of Errors, directed by Dan Sullivan and featuring Shakespeare in the Park alumni Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Dromio and Hamish Linklater as Antipholus. Ferguson and Linklater last performed together in The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice in 2010 for The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park.

The second show of the 2013 season is a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Alex Timbers with songs by Michael Friedman, and book adaptation by Alex Timbers. Timbers and Friedman last collaborated on the award-winning musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public and Timbers will direct the new David Byrne musical Here Lies Love this spring at The Public’s downtown home at Astor Place.[4]

2014 featured Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe and John Lithgow all in starring roles. Linklater and Rabe took on the witty love-match of Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing while Lithgow tackled the title role in Shakespeare's King Lear.[5]


Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and can only be obtained the day of a performance. At 12 noon tickets are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte to the line of people that usually springs up early in the morning when the park opens at 6AM. People have been known to camp out at the park entrance closest to the theater, 81st & Central Park West, to get tickets for that day's performance. Anyone 5 years old and older can obtain and are required to have a ticket should they wish to see the show. The 2013 Season features a new policy that one person can only obtain two tickets for two performances of one production.

In addition to the main line which snakes through the park the Public also offers a few other options to get tickets. One being the line for Seniors which begins at the benches closest to the theater's box office. The tickets provided to that line have easy access inside the theater and are only available to persons 65 and above. ID is required to obtain the tickets.

The ADA Accessible line is intended for patrons with disabilities and can by joined by checking in with staff at the box office the morning of a performance who will provide, as availability dictates, tickets in locations suited to various individual needs. In addition to the line Shakespeare in the Park also offers specific performances throughout the summer for patrons with hearing and/or vision loss including Sign Language interpreted performances, audio-described performances, and open-captioned performances.

In 2009 the Public introduced the Virtual Ticketing system which is an online drawing to win tickets to that days performance without waiting in line in person. On the day of a show, users can log on to anytime between midnight and 11:59 a.m. to register for that evening’s performance. After 12:00 p.m. that same day, users will receive an e-mail stating that they have received tickets to the show. Tickets can be claimed at the Delacorte box office between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. under the name and address used for registration. A valid photo ID is required for all pick-ups at the Box Office. Any tickets not claimed by 7:00 p.m. will be given away to the stand-by line. Within the Virtual Ticketing system Seniors can register for the Senior Virtual Ticketing as long as they are 65 or older and have valid photo ID with proof of age. And any patron requiring Accessible (ADA) seating can also make that clear when registering and specific tickets will be provided according to their specific needs.

In addition to the ticket line at the Delacorte Theater and Virtual Ticketing online, a limited number of vouchers for specific performances are distributed at locations throughout New York City's five boroughs on certain days during the run of a production. Each person in line is allowed two vouchers and each voucher is good for one ticket for that evening’s performance. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Delacorte Theater box office that same day from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cannot be exchanged in the event the performance is rained-out, which is a possibility. A performance will never be cancelled before the scheduled start time and may continue in the rain if it is deemed safe by the production staff. Late seating is at the discretion of management and may not be granted until 30-40 minutes into the show.

See also


  1. ^ "Public Theater - Home". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Healy, Patrick (March 28, 2011). "Repertory Casting Returns for Shakespeare in the Park". Arts Beat (blog of The New York Times). Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  4. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "'Comedy of Errors' and Musical 'Love's Labour's Lost' on Shakespeare in the Park's Bill". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ Kozinn, Allan. "Shakespeare in the Park Lineup: 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'King Lear'". Retrieved 18 March 2018.

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Chris Perfetti

Chris Perfetti is an American actor based in New York City. He is from Rochester, New York, and a graduate of the Conservatory of Theater at State University of New York at Purchase.

He has appeared in Sons of the Prophet by playwright Stephen Karam, playing the role of Charlie. For his work as Charlie, he received a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in an Off-Broadway play. Starting in December 2012, Perfetti played Bomber in the revival of Picnic by William Inge. Perfetti appeared as Ariel in The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater in the summer of 2015.

Perfetti is also known for starring in Submissions Only (2010), Next Caller (2012), the NBC series Crossbones (2014) as series regular Tim Fletch, and as the character Brady in the second season of the HBO show Looking (2015), and its subsequent series finale television film, Looking: The Movie (2016).

Great Lawn and Turtle Pond

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Heidi Ettinger

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Henry Stram

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel"), their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.

The musical debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 and premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, where it won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera (1988). The musical has since been produced many times, with a 1988 US national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Broadway revival, a 2010 London revival, and in 2012 as part of New York City's outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series.

A Disney film adaptation directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp was released in 2014. The film grossed over $213 million worldwide, and received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations.

List of Shakespeare in the Park productions at the Delacorte Theater

The Public Theater has produced over 100 plays and musicals at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park since the theater's opening in 1962. Currently the series is produced under the brand Free Shakespeare in the Park, and all productions are staged at the Delacorte. In past decades, the series was branded the New York Shakespeare Festival and encompassed productions at both the Delacorte and the Public's downtown location near Astor Place.

Officially Henry VIII, staged in 1997, was celebrated as the final work of the Shakespearean canon to be performed as part of the series. However, as of 2017, the three parts of Henry VI have not been performed at the Delacorte except as the heavily adapted Wars of the Roses in 1970.

Measure for Measure is the most-performed work, having been produced once during each of the six decades the Delacorte has been operating.

Romeo and Juliet (Hebald)

Romeo and Juliet is an outdoor bronze sculpture depicting Romeo and Juliet by American artist Milton Hebald, located in front of Delacorte Theater in Manhattan's Central Park, in the United States. It is one of two companion works at the theater sculpted by Hebald, the other being The Tempest (1966). Unveiled in 1977 and cast in 1978, Romeo and Juliet was donated by philanthropist George T. Delacorte, Jr. The sculpture is 7 feet (2.1 m) tall; the two figures, shown embracing, are set on a granite pedestal. A cast from the same mold appears in the rose garden at the Hollenbeck Palms retirement community in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

Sam Waterston on screen and stage

Sam Waterston is an American actor who made his film debut in the 1965 drama The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean. Waterston has appeared in numerous films, television shows as well as on stage during his career. One of his early film roles was as a shoe salesman in the television drama film The Glass Menagerie (1973), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Waterston went on to appear as bond salesman Nick Carraway in the 1974 feature film version of The Great Gatsby, which earned him two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and New Star of the Year.In 1980 Waterston's portrayal of American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in the television miniseries Oppenheimer saw him earn another Golden Globe nomination. Two years later, Waterston played American journalist Sydney Schanberg in the 1984 British drama The Killing Fields, opposite Haing S. Ngor and John Malkovich – for his performance Waterston received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination. His other biographical roles include Heaven's Gate as Old West figure Frank Canton (1980) and as President Abraham Lincoln in the miniseries Lincoln (1988), the 1990 documentary miniseries The Civil War, and the play Abe Lincoln in Illinois. His performance in the last of these garnered him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.Waterston portrayed a district attorney in drama television series I'll Fly Away (1991–93), for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. In 1994, he made his first appearance as district attorney Jack McCoy in the police procedural and legal drama show Law & Order. Waterston went on to become its second longest-running cast member starring in the show till its cancellation in 2010. The role won him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, and several Emmy, and Golden Globe nominations. He has also made guest appearances as his character in other crime drama series, Homicide: Life on the Street (1997, 99), Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998), and spin-offs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2000, 07, 10) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005). Waterston portrayed the president of a fictional news corporation on political drama The Newsroom (2012–14).Waterston has also appeared in a numerous stage productions, both Broadway and off-Broadway, such as La Turista (1967), Halfway Up the Tree (1967), Henry IV, Part 1, as well as Henry IV, Part 2 (1968), Hamlet (1972, 1975–76, 2008), Much Ado About Nothing (1972–73, 2004), The Tempest (1974, 2015), Measure for Measure (1976) and King Lear (2011).

Shakespeare in the Park (New York City)

Shakespeare in the Park (or Free Shakespeare in the Park) is a theatrical program that stages productions of Shakespearean plays at the Delacorte Theater, an open-air theater in New York City's Central Park. The theater and the productions are managed by The Public Theater and tickets are distributed free of charge on the day of the performance. Originally branded as the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) under the direction of Joseph Papp, the institution was renamed in 2002 as part of a larger reorganization by the Public Theater.

Shanta Thake

Shanta Thake is the Director of Joe’s Pub at The Public, The Public Theater’s cabaret space named after Theater founder Joseph Papp. Under Ms. Thake’s direction, Joe’s Pub has produced events at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park and in collaboration with Make Music New York, Under The Radar and DanceNOW, among other organizations.

In 2011, Ms. Thake established New York Voices, a commission program that provides musicians with tools to develop original theater works. Recipients include Ethan Lipton, whose 2011 New York Voices debut No Place To Go went on to win an Obie Award, (Off-Broadway Theater Award). Other commissioned artists include Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more.

Ms. Thake also serves as one of three producers of globalFEST, a world music festival and non-profit organization. The organization has curated stages at Webster Hall, Bonnaroo, SXSW and Festival d’Ile de France and administers a touring fund to world music artists touring new markets in North America.

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Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the structure, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught the eye of Frederick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877.

Beginning in 1947, the cottage served as the home of a marionette theater troupe that traveled across the city performing on playgrounds and school auditoriums. Under the direction of City Parks Foundation, citywide puppet shows in parks continue to this day through the CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, which presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools throughout New York City.

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A blend of doo-wop, gospel, and Latin music, it received Tony award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Scenic Design. Renoly Santiago received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical. Ednita Nazario won the Theater World Award for her performance.

In 2008, Simon and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra performed The Capeman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with some of the original cast and other well-known artists. Simon also devoted a section of his two-night performances at the Beacon Theatre to The Capeman. The NY Public Theater presented a concert production of the musical in the Summer of 2010 at Central Park's Delacorte Theater, directed by Diane Paulus.

The Public Theater

The Public Theater is a New York City arts organization founded as the Shakespeare Workshop in 1954 by Joseph Papp, with the intention of showcasing the works of up-and-coming playwrights and performers. It is led by Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham. The venue opened in 1967, mounting the world-premiere production of the musical Hair as its first show.The Public is headquartered at 425 Lafayette Street in the former Astor Library in Lower Manhattan. The building holds five theater spaces and Joe's Pub, a cabaret-style venue used for new work, musical performances, spoken-word artists and soloists. The Public also operates the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where it presents Shakespeare in the Park, one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions. New York natives and visitors alike have been enjoying free Shakespeare in Central Park since performances began in 1954.The Public is dedicated to embracing the complexities of contemporary society and nurturing both artists and audiences, as it continues Joseph Papp's legacy of creating a place of inclusion and a forum for ideas. Notable productions in recent years include: The Merchant of Venice, featuring Al Pacino as Shylock (2010); Here Lies Love (2013), by David Byrne; Fun Home, adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic novel of the same name (2013); Eclipsed, by Danai Gurira and featuring Lupita Nyong'o (2015); and Hamilton (2015), by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Tempest (Hebald)

The Tempest, also known as The Tempest (Prospero and Miranda), or simply Prospero and Miranda, is an outdoor bronze sculpture depicting Prospero and Miranda from William Shakespeare's The Tempest by Milton Hebald, installed outside Delacorte Theater in Manhattan's Central Park, in the U.S. state of New York. The work, which was gifted by George T. Delacorte, Jr. and unveiled in 1966, is a companion piece to Romeo and Juliet (1977).

Theo Stockman

Theo Stockman (born December 27, 1984) is an American actor and singer, known for his roles in Broadway musicals such as Hair, American Idiot, and American Psycho, numerous roles on television including Inside Amy Schumer, High Maintenance, Private Practice, The Following, Shades Of Blue, Law & Order: SVU, and for his role in the film A Good Marriage.

Timothy Stickney

Timothy D. Stickney (born January 31, 1965) is an American actor.

Timothy Stickney has made many appearances in many made-for-TV films, and has worked alongside actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Currently, he is mostly recognized for his role as bad guy Randall James "R.J." Gannon on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live, a role originated in 1994. In 2006 his role as RJ was bumped down from contract to recurring. However, "R.J." kept his shot in the opening credits for several months after his demotion. He learned to juggle when he was in junior high school and one of his first performances was in a school play called Chuck and Larry. He starred in many musicals at Dickinson High School before moving to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 2007, Timothy appeared as Oswald (opposite Kevin Kline) in the Public Theater's production of King Lear and also as Prince Escalus in their "Shakespeare in the Park" production of Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Stickney was a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for four seasons. Co-Starring with Christopher Plummer in productions of Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra and Shakespeare's The Tempest. Both productions were directed by Des McAnuff, festival artistic director, and were filmed in HD for theatrical release by Bravo/CBC. Most recently Stickney appeared as Macbeth in the Repertory Theatre of St Louis' 2011 main stage production.

He is the brother of actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney.

He directed Shakespeare's classic tragedy King Lear and The Pecong for Take Wing and Soar Productions at the National Black Theatre in New York City.

Tourism in New York City

New York City received an eighth consecutive annual record of approximately 62.8 million tourists in 2017, counting not just overnighters but anyone visiting for the day, from over 50 miles away... Overall the city welcomed 38 million visitors who stayed overnight of which 13.3 million were international in 2018. Major destinations include the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, Broadway theatre productions, Central Park, Times Square, Coney Island, the Financial District, museums, sports stadiums, luxury shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues, entertainment events such as the Tribeca Film Festival, Randalls Island music festivals such as Governors Ball, Panorama and Electric Zoo, and free performances in Central Park at Summerstage and Delacorte Theater. Many New York City ethnic enclaves, such as Jackson Heights, Flushing, and Brighton Beach are major shopping destinations for first and second generation Americans up and down the East Coast.

New York City has over 28,000 acres (110 km2) of parkland and 14 linear miles (22 km) of public beaches. Manhattan's Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, is the most visited city park in the United States. Prospect Park in Brooklyn, also designed by Olmsted and Vaux, has a 90-acre (36 ha) meadow. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, the city's third largest, was the setting for the 1939 World's Fair and 1964 World's Fair.

Two Gentlemen of Verona (musical)

Two Gentlemen of Verona is a rock musical, with a book by John Guare and Mel Shapiro, lyrics by Guare and music by Galt MacDermot, based on the Shakespeare comedy of the same name.

The original Broadway production, in 1971, won the Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. A London production followed in 1973. The Public Theater revived the piece in 2005.

Winter Miller

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Miller was formerly the assistant to Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist of The New York Times, and is now a reporter on the Times 's Metropolitan news desk. She has also written for the weekly Arts and Leisure, Style, daily Culture and Obituary pages of the Times.


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