The Delacorte Theater, established in 1962, can be found just off of 80th street on the southwest corner of the Great Lawn.

Located at the heart of Central Park, the Theater is best known for its summertime productions of Shakespearean plays, which take place during the annual New York Shakespeare festival. During the series's eight-week duration, two plays are produced, at least one of which is traditionally a play by Shakespeare. Tickets to shows at the Theater are free, so long as one is prepared to wait in line on the day of the performance to obtain them.

The Delacorte Theater is operated by the Joseph Papp Public Theatre and has hosted numerous productions of classic plays in addition to those by Shakespeare, such as Anton Chekov's The Seagull and Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. 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.