• Theater in the park in New York City guide Shakespeare All the world’s a stage this summer at the time-honored tradition of Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration. Shakespeare in the Park’s popularity means that tickets aren’t easy to come by—but if you persevere, you can get seats. Here’s our guide to navigating the system in 2021.

Created by the late Joseph Papp in 1962, the Public Theater’s series offers free, large-scale productions of works by William Shakespeare (as well as the occasional musical or non-Shakespearean drama). The productions often feature some of the most talented actors of our day. Past casts have included including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.

In most years, Shakespeare in the Park offers two productions. This season there is only one: Merry Wives, adapted by Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) from Shakespeare’s sex comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Saheem Ali directs the show, which is set among a community of West African immigrants in South Harlem.

Shakespeare in the Park

This year, Shakespeare in the Park runs later into the year than usual: from July 6 through September 18, 2021. With few exceptions, performances are Monday through Saturday at 8pm. You can find a full schedule here. (There will also be a ticketed—and decidedly not free—gala performance of the show on September 20.)

Getting the free ticket Free tickets are distributed via lottery the week before the show and through a new standby system on the day of the performance. Check out our handy instructions on how to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park for a full guide to the rules that apply to this year’s SITP production.

If possible, shoot for the first week of performances—seats are always in greater supply early in the run of a show, before reviews and word of mouth have pushed up demand for tickets. Another good way to increase your odds, paradoxically, is to attend on days when bad weather is predicted. (You’ll need to enter a lottery for standby tickets that day.) The Public hates canceling Shakespeare in the Park, so the show will go on even if it is drizzling; often, performances will take breaks if it gets too rainy, then resume when the downpour subsides. Open umbrellas are not allowed during performances, so be sure to bring a poncho. Tickets for rained-out shows are not exchangeable.

The Delacorte Theater’s seating capacity will filled to 80% capacity, with full-capacity sections for audience members who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and physically-distanced sections for those who have not. Masks are required for all audience members, irrespective of their vaccination status.

  • Fenimore Art Museum

The Fenimore Art Museum (formerly known as New York State Historical Association) is a museum located in Cooperstown, New York on the west side of Otsego Lake.

Collection strengths include the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, American fine and folk art, 19th and early 20th century photography, as well as rare books and manuscripts.

The museum’s mission is to connect its audience to American and New York State cultural heritage by organizing exhibits and public programs that “engage, delight and inspire.

The house organ was titled Heritage.

The Fenimore Art Museum is closely associated with The Farmers’ Museum, also in Cooperstown.

This place is very relaxed where you can spend amazing time.

United States have a very impressive places where you can spend the time.


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