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The Delacorte Theater has a much better draw--some of the best theater in New York, performed for free in the summer. The Delacorte is home to the Public Theater's annual Shakespeare in the Park festival. Launched in 1960 to edify the theater-going masses with Continental fare, Shakespeare in the Park isn't always Shakespeare anymore--but the Delcaorte always offers innovative, first-rate productions of classic plays, world-class casts working for scale under leading directors in an egalitarian...

The Delacorte Theater has a much better draw--some of the best theater in New York, performed for free in the summer. The Delacorte is home to the Public Theater's annual Shakespeare in the Park festival. Launched in 1960 to edify the theater-going masses with Continental fare, Shakespeare in the Park isn't always Shakespeare anymore--but the Delcaorte always offers innovative, first-rate productions of classic plays, world-class casts working for scale under leading directors in an egalitarian environment that welcomes the theater novice as much as the Broadway regular. New York stages much of the English-speaking world's best, most significant, and most beloved theater, and yet ticket prices are so high that only a very few people manage to regularly see the shows. And then there's Shakespeare in the Park. Beginning in 1962, the progressive Public Theater, now a sprawling complex based in Manhattan's NoHo, began staging landmark productions of Shakespeare classics for free, for the public, outdoors in Central Park, with dreamcasts of stage legends and formidable Hollywood stars. (In recent years, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Liev Schreiber, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Stewart, Denzel Washington, and many, many others have found their way to the stage at the Delacorte Theater, where the plays are most often put on). The productions are not just star-studded but daring, but never so narrow-mindedly so to alienate even the most superficial audience. The plays, which are no longer limited to Shakespeare, now draw annual crowds of over 80,000, who line up each day outside the several Public Theater bureaus for tickets.

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Delacorte Theater
Central Park
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