"It's Too Darn Hot": 7 Ways to Survive the Shakespeare in the Park Line

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01 Jul 2014

Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater in <i>Much Ado About Nothing</i>
Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater in Much Ado About Nothing
Photo by Joan Marcus

Playbill.com offers a guide to waiting in line for free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. 


It's summertime and the living's easy... unless you want free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park.

The summer tradition of free Shakespeare, performed in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, is an eagerly anticipated tradition for so many theatregoers that obtaining the elusive tickets can take some careful planning and strategy. 

Every year, tickets are given out in the afternoon, on a first-come, first-served basis to those who waited in line. Over the years annual performances — featuring the likes of James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Al Pacino — have inspired people to get in line before the sun rises … or even after it sets, the night before.

Waiting in the park all day can feel a bit like entering battle, and no soldier goes to the front unprepared. To help those who want to see Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater as sparring lovers in Much Ado About Nothing and John Lithgow and Annette Bening star in King Lear, Playbill.com has assembled some tips to ensure fellow theatregoers stay comfortable while waiting for tickets.


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