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re: Shakespeare in the park cancellation line questions

Yorkie1276
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Hey. I've never done the whole Shakespeare in the park thing before but I really want to see Macbeth because of Liev Schreiber. I know that people start lining up really early for tickets but there is also a cancellation line. I've got two quick questions: What time do people usually start to queue for cancellations and what is the probability of getting cancellations? Any help is appreciated.

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Is there a site with prices and times etc?
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I thought it was free. I got to go for free, I was working at a theater and they asked who wanted them. I thought it was in general, but maybe not.
Updated On: 6/13/06 at 05:04 PM
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Shakespeare in the Park tickets are free and only available on the day of the performance.

As far as the cancellation line goes, I've done it several times and have had no trouble securing tickets each time. They give out two tickets per person, but everybody in your party has to be present at the time of ticket distribution. Also, before tickets are released to the cancellation line, the first 50 tickets are given to people with "standby vouchers": they were the first 50 people who didn't get tickets in the morning.

Usually, tickets are distributed to the cancellation line anywhere from a half-hour before curtain to 10 minutes before curtain. Seating is completely luck of the draw.
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This thread is eight years old. But since the title's right for my purposes, I thought I'd use it to ask... Has anyone attempted the cancellation line yet this year? I'm curious if the Public still uses a voucher system, and whether people stand much of a chance without one. I have two family members coming to town this weekend, and our Saturday and Sunday are booked up during the days. I'm wondering if it'd be worthwhile to encourage everyone trouping up to the Park around 5 or 6 to give this a shot. Or would we likely just be wasting our time? Any tips or thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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I saw Much Ado last Saturday. I got there at 5:45 to pick up my tickets (I had vouchers from the line in Queens that day), and the standby line was pretty long at that point. I didn't wait around to see if everyone got in, though. I don't know if people get vouchers in Central Park these day.
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There is no standby line at all tonight! I just walked right up to the window and was handed a ticket! (Front row center, even!) As long as it doesn't pour, tonight is a great night to head over to get a ticket!
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Wow, good job, Cape! I think today's weather may have helped you out. Here's hoping it holds off for tonight. My fam doesn't arrive till late tonight, so we'll have to attempt this tomorrow or Sunday.

Mac, thanks for the info. Wonder if everyone has been getting in. Sounds like last Saturday, maybe not. We'll give it our best shot.
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