One can hardly imagine a better spot for an open-air
performance than the Delacorte Theater located in NYC's Central Park, home to the annual summer series called Shakespeare in the Park. For over 50 years, audiences have been enjoying the spectacular event, which is a series of free and often celebrity-packed showcase of theater.
Joseph Papp brought the open air concept to the residents of NYC, who would gather around the Turtle Pond in Central Park to enjoy performances of Shakespeare in the Park. In 1957, the event would begin to receive additional funding by local philanthropies and successful Broadway shows. In 1962, a new site was built and named the Delacorte Theater after a donation from philanthropist George Delacorte and has since remained the venue for Shakespeare in the Park. The theater’s horse-shoe shaped seating allows for a universally clear view of the stage. With Vista Rock and Belvedere Castle looming above it, and the Turtle Pond in its background, Delacorte is a one of a kind open air space with unparalleled atmosphere for classical theater.
This remarkable event runs every summer through June and July. Nearly
1500 people attend each performance. Financing is provided by The Public Theater and Summer Sponsors, who make it possible for these productions to continue. Free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are distributed at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the performance. In addition, a limited number of tickets are also available via the internet.