Free first previews at The Public Theater—all season long. Only on TodayTix.

TodayTix and The Public Theater are thrilled to bring you Free First Previews at The Public!

For the first preview of each production this season, all tickets are free, and you can enter via the TodayTix app to win. That’s right... totally free theater for all.

We are now accepting entries for free tickets to the first preview of BARBECUE on September 22.


How to Enter

1. Download TodayTix in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Amazon AppStore. Open and select Free First Previews @ The Public.

2. Enter the lottery for two free tickets to the first preview up to one week in advance of each show for The Public’s 2015-2016 season.

3. On the confirmation screen, you may double or triple your odds by sharing your entry via Facebook and Twitter!

You will be notified if you've won between 12 PM and 4 PM on the day of the show. You MUST confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified. Pick up your tickets at The Public Theater Box Office between 5:30 and 7:00 PM before the 7:30 PM performance. Please note, any tickets not claimed by 7:00 PM will be offered to others.

Free first previews at The Public Theater

  • Barbecue - September 22
  • Eclipsed - September 29
  • First Daughter Suite - October 6
  • Before Your Very Eyes - October 17
  • The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family - February 27
  • Dry Powder - March 1
  • Head of Passes - March 15
  • The Total Bent - May 10

The Fine Print

No purchase necessary. Enter up to one week in advance. Winners who do not confirm their tickets in app, or do not pick their tickets up at The Public Box Office by 7:00 pm forfeit their seats and tickets will be released to the standby line. Any purchase will not enhance chances of winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Must be 18 or older to enter. Lottery tickets may not be transferred and have no retail value, and are not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. For those without a mobile device, you may also join the lottery in person on the day of the performance at The Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003. Entries will be accepted starting at 11am with names drawn at 12pm. Participants will be asked to specify if they want 1 or 2 tickets during entry. One entry per person. Entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters relating to this lottery.

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