Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, June 25, 2018

WintersTale002lowresLinda Emond, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jesse L. Martin in 'The Winter’s Tale' from June 9 to Aug. 1 at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. (Photo by Joan Marcus.)

 NEW YORK – The Public Theater will begin Shakespeare in the Park performances on June 9 with the first preview of "The Winter’s Tale," directed by Michael Greif. "The Merchant of Venice," directed by Daniel Sullivan, will begin performances on June 12. Both shows will play in repertory through Sunday, Aug. 1 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 1 o’clock the day of the show. This summer, the Public Theater will again offer free tickets through Virtual Ticketing, available at

With Virtual Ticketing, users can log on to the Web site anytime between midnight and 1 p.m. to register for that evening’s performance. After 1 that same day, users can log on to see if they have received tickets. Recipients will be sent a confirmation e-mail by 5 p.m. if they have received tickets for that evening’s performance. Virtual Ticketing recipients are chosen at random to receive tickets, not in the order requests are received.

Participants with a Virtual Ticketing confirmation can claim their tickets at the Delacorte Theater Box Office between 5 and 7 that evening. Any tickets not picked up by 7 p.m. will be released to the standby line. A valid photo ID is required for all Virtual Ticketing pick-ups at the box office.

In addition to the ticket line at the Delacorte Theater and Virtual Ticketing online, a limited number of vouchers for specific performances will be distributed, while supplies last, at locations throughout New York’s five boroughs. Information is available at http://www.http//

The Public Theater’s artistic director is Oskar Eustis; Andrew D. Hamingson is executive director.

Information is available on the Web site or at (212) 539-8750.