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Delacorte TheaterThe Highlights
The Delacorte Theater, can be found just off of 80th street on the southwest corner of the Great Lawn.
In 1962, the Delacorte Theater officially opened with a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones. Summer home of the Public Theater, each season, more than 100,000 people from acrosTs the country, and around the world, enjoy free performances at this open-air theater. Tickets are free--theater-goers need only wait on line — a New York City tradition for more than 45 years. Located at the heart of Central Park, the Delacorte Theater is best known for The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park, one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions. Two plays are produced each summer, at least one of which is traditionally a play by Shakespeare. While the Theater is responsible for having introduced many a new talent to the stage, it also frequently employs more well-known actors and actresses, including Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others. The Theater boasts a seating capacity of 1,872, offering clear views of the stage from any seat in the house. Both Turtle Pond and the majestic Belvedere Castle can be seen in the background, completing the picturesque setting for this renowned Central Park theater.