Delacorte Theater, New York City

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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.HistoryThe 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.
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  • Going to Shakespeare in the park is an all-day experience but well worth it if you have the time. Come early in the morning with friends and spend the time reading, talking, playing games, etc. Ticket...  more »
  • When of my all-time top life experiences is seeing theater in Central Park outdoors.The backdrop of the lake is fantastic.  more »
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  • This theater is a gift to the city. There is nothing quite like sitting under the stars in Central Park and watching world class Shakespeare. And!!! ITS FREE!!! (if you are willing to wait in a very long line.) I recommend you pack folding chairs, books, and snacks and make a day of it (get there early.) Another great thing about Shakespeare in the park is that it is BYOB! (no glass containers.) I have seen so many great show here, and I am moved every time. I can't recommend this highly enough.
  • Gorgeous outdoor theatre. Never been disappointed here, the summer Shakespeare in the Park series is always amazing!

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