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Your guide to Public Theater Rush and Lottery tickets

February 14, 2022 by TodayTix
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The Public Theater

The Public Theater is one of the most famous Off-Broadway venues there is. Many shows that went on to become blockbuster Broadway hits — like A Chorus Line and Hamilton — as well as groundbreaking pieces like for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, all got their start at that (not so) little theatre on Lafayette Street. If you catch a show at the Public this season, you could be among the very first audiences to see a Broadway classic in the making — and TodayTix is here to help you do just that.

TodayTix is The Public Theater’s one and only distributor of Rush tickets, which are same-day tickets for that afternoon or evening’s performance. TodayTix also has Lottery programs available, which you can enter to win free tickets to a Public show’s performance. Come the summer, you can also look to TodayTix for a chance to win free Lottery tickets to Shakespeare in the Park shows. And you need only download the TodayTix app to do it all.

We’ve answered all your burning questions about these programs: how to get Rush and Lottery tickets for the Public Theater, which shows have Rush and Lottery programs now, and when each program is running. If you just can’t get enough of Rush and Lottery tickets, check out our guide to all the TodayTix Rush and Lottery programs for shows in New York.

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How much are Public Theater Rush tickets?

Rush tickets for Public Theater shows are $20 each. Regular tickets for Public Theater shows often go for higher prices, so if you have the flexibility to try for a same-day ticket, Rush tickets are a great way to see a show on a budget.

How to get Public Theater Rush tickets

To get Rush tickets to Public Theater shows, download the TodayTix app on any iOS or Android device. On the app, search for the name of the show you want to see. If you want to browse all the Public Theater’s shows, scroll down on the app homepage until you see a Public Theater button. Inside are all the Public Theater performances with available tickets, and you can bookmark that category page in the app, so you always have it on hand when new shows begin.

Go to the page of your desired show and click the “unlock Rush” button, which you’ll have to do before you try for Rush tickets on your desired performance day. Unlock Rush by sharing it on social media to support the show!

Rush tickets for Public Theater shows become available at 9 a.m. each performance day. You can set a push alert to be notified when the Rush opens each day. You’ll want to be on the app right at 9 a.m. for the best chance of getting Rush tickets, as they can sell out quickly!

Public Theater shows with Rush tickets

Multiple shows at the Public Theater have Rush tickets available through TodayTix. Here are the Public Theater shows with Rush tickets available to unlock now, with their run dates so you know all the days you can try for tickets. Click on each show’s name to go to its show page, where you can unlock Rush and set an alert for when the Rush opens each morning.


Suffs is a new musical by Shaina Taub about the women’s suffrage movement. Its leaders came from various racial, class, and generational backgrounds and often clashed with each other, but these flawed women came together and made undeniable strides in women’s rights.
Performance dates: March 13 – May 29, 2022. There are no performances on Mondays.

Get Suffs tickets on TodayTix.

Fat Ham

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet takes place at a contemporary Southern barbecue, where college student Juicy wonders whether murder is the only way to avenge a murder, or if he can break the cycle of violence.
Performance dates: May 12 – June 12, 2022. There are no performances on Mondays.

Get Fat Ham tickets on TodayTix.

Are Rush tickets available at the Public Theater box office?

No — Rush tickets for shows at The Public Theater are available exclusively on TodayTix. You’re already in the right place, and you don’t even need to trek to the box office! You can unlock and purchase Public Theater Rush tickets on the TodayTix app, which you can download on any iOS or Android device.

What is a Joseph Papp Free Performance at The Public Theater?

A Joseph Papp Free Performance is the name for one performance during each Public Theater show’s run, usually one of the first performances, for which all tickets are free. You can get a chance to win them by entering the TodayTix Lottery. The performances are named for the late founder of The Public Theater, Joseph Papp, who was a champion of theatre that’s accessible to everyone.

How to get free Public Theater Lottery tickets

To enter the Lottery for free tickets to a Public Theater performance, download the TodayTix app, which is available on any iOS or Android device. Go to the Joseph Papp Free Performance page of your desired show, which is separate from its regular page. For example, searching Suffs would bring up two pages: One called Suffs and one called Joseph Papp Free Performance: Suffs. The former is where you get regular and Rush tickets; the latter is where you enter the Lottery.

You can set an alert to be notified when a show’s Lottery opens for entries. Each Lottery opens at 12:01 a.m. a week before the show’s Joseph Papp Free Performance, and the Lottery closes at noon the day of the show. Winners will be notified between noon and 3 p.m. that day. If you win, you’ll have one hour from when you’re notified to claim your tickets. So keep an eye on your phone!

Public Theater shows with Lottery tickets

All TodayTix Lotteries for The Public Theater are only for the Joseph Papp Free Performance of each show. Entering the Lottery gives you a chance to win free tickets to that specific performance. Lotteries are not available for any other performances, but you can still try for Rush tickets, which are available at an exclusive low price each day throughout a show’s run.

Certain shows have two Lotteries available. One is specifically for ADA-accessible seats, and the other is for tickets for all other seats.

Here are all the upcoming Lotteries for Joseph Papp Free Performances at Public Theater shows, through which you have a chance to win tickets to their first performances. There are currently no Public Theater ticket Lotteries open, but when there are, below you’ll find information about when each Lottery opens, when their free performances are, and which types of ticket Lotteries are available.

Shakespeare in the Park Lottery tickets

The Public Theater also produces Shakespeare in the Park, an annual summer lineup of free Shakespeare productions at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This year’s productions are Richard III, starring Black Panther star Danai Gurira, and a musical adaptation of As You Like It with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub and choreography by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh.

Free tickets are distributed in all five boroughs closer to the performance dates, and a virtual free ticket Lottery for Shakespeare in the Park will be available exclusively on the TodayTix app. Check back this spring for more details on performance dates and how to enter the Shakespeare in the Park TodayTix Lottery.