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Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It

Free Shakespeare in the Park- As You Like It

August 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Recurring (see all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 11, 2022

Central Park, Delacorte Theater
81 Central Park West Upper West Side
New York, New York

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Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+, Adult Friendly


Public Works’ joyful musical production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a treat for all ages. Catchy songs by Shaina Taub interspersed with abridged , well-acted excerpts from Shakespeare’s play tell the story of (modern-dress) aristocrats banished to the Forest of Arden, where they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love. A diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members (including adorable kids) depict entertaining scenes including a hilarious wrestling match and boy-band tributes.

Free tickets are distributed on each performance day at noon via lines at The Delacorte Theater. Create a Public Theater Patron ID online before you get your ticket.  Each person (age 5+) can get two (2) tickets while supplies last. After the final ticket is distributed, anyone who did not obtain a ticket may wait in a standby line to maybe get tickets right before the show. We know of people who have hosed up at noon and 7 pm and gotten tickets both times; go now before word-of-mouth and reviews make tickets hard to get.

Some tickets will be distributed throughout the boroughs with locations changing by day. Skip the line and enter an in-person lottery at the Public Theater at 12 pm or a digital lottery on the TodayTix app.

Become a Supporter for $300 (tax-deductible) for a guaranteed seat.

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination required.

⏱ 100 minutes with no intermission; use the bathroom outside the theater before you go through the security lines.

🍽 Concessions include popcorn, frozen lemonade and more substantial fare.

Catch-and-Release Fishing

Borrow fishing poles for catch-and-release fishing at the Harlem Meer. Try to hook largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel.

Poles plus instructions and bait (corn kernels) available at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, on the north shore of the Meer.

See our guide to Central Park.

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Central Park Youth Basketball Clinics

Free high-energy, interactive youth basketball clinics cultivate skill development, team play, and sportsmanship both on and off the court.

Open to players of all levels. Saturdays & Sundays July 9–August 28. On-site registration each day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ages 6–10
11:00 am–11:30 am: Check In
11:30 am–12:30 pm: Basketball Clinic


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