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Buying a ticket to a Broadway show is not the only way to be able to enjoy that increadibly rich theater scene of New York City.

It's a known fact that NYC theater tickets are rather expensive, but a significantly less know fact is that you can attend a NYC theater show that is totally free and open for general public. Or you can ontain coplimentary tickets for an off Brodway, off off Broadway and sometimes Broadway show (a play or a musical) free of charge or at a significant discount. But you do need to know how to go about it!

While many other sites give information about discount theater tickets in NYC, Club Free Time gives you all the info about those NYC theater performances that are totally free and open for general public. In addition, as a CFT member you have a chance to attend not-at-all-free off Broadway, off off Broadway and sometimes Broadway theater performances at no cost. if you are looking for cheap theater tickets in NYC - you should look no further: we are able to obtain free tickets for our members when a show has some unsold seats and producers would like to create that magical 'full house' feel. As an article in The New York Times said: New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.

Our members attend off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway and sometimes Broadway shows, opera, classical music and jazz concerts, dance performances, children shows, comedy clubs, cabaret, etc. using complimentary tickets which they can reserve once they login to www.clubfreetime.com.

There are 41 Broadway theatres, approximately 85 Off-Broadway theatres, and about 120 off off Broadway theaters in NYC. These categories are not about the quality of productions or the talent involved, it's all about the number of seats in the venue: Broadway theaters have over 500 seats, off-Broadway theaters have  between 100 and 499 and the bvenues with fewer than 100 seats are referred to as Off Off Broadway.

At the beginning of the 20th century many theatres were located on Broadway and that's when the 'Broadway theater' term came to life. Only three 'Broadway' theatres are located on Broadway nowadays: the Winter Garden, the Marquis, and the Broadway Theatre. All other Broadway theaters are located in the theater district in the blocks east and west of Broadway around Times Square. The Theater District lies between 42nd and 53rd streets. 

In the 1890s this section of Broadway was one of the first part of town to be lit with electric lights, which led to the New York Telegram headline 'Found on the Great White Way' and that's how the nickname 'the Great White Way' came to life. Most visitors never venture off the Great White Way. Approximately 14 million people a year attending Broadway shows.

Meanwhile, although Eugene O'Neill famously said in 1931: ''One of the things I regret, is the passing of the experimental group theater,'' off Broadway and off off Broadway theaters, being significantly less commercial then Broadway, or, in many cases, not commercial at all, offer a great variety of extremelly interesting and exciting experimental and not-so-experimental works. If you want to see real quality theater - give off Broadway and off off Broadway theater a try.

Off Broadway theaters have nurtured Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and playwrights and attracted prominent actors and actresses. Musicals such as ''A Chorus Line'' and ''Ain't Misbehavin' '' moved to Broadway from off Broadway. You may as well see a Broadway show at an Off Broadway theater as producers can continue running their shows with considerably reduced weekly costs by going from Broadway to Off-Broadway, as actor salaries and advertising costs are much less for off Broadway theaters. (We put lots of efforts in obtaining complimentary tickets for off Broadway shows for our members). One of the most famous off Broadway theaters is the Public Theater

The world of Off Off Broadway theaters is one of most interesting and unknown parts of New York City's theatrical life. It gives you the real sence of belonging as being so close to the stage allows you to see every nuance of what's happening there. That's where young, exciting playwrights are discovered. That's where you can see talented, unknown actors who may become the big stars of tomorrow at the tiny fraction of a Broadway ticket price.

Join Club Free Time and enjoy free theater performances or get free tickets to the shows (off Broadway, off off Broadway and sometimes even Broadway) which are not free for general public, but are free for Club Free Time members! Club Free Time is a NYC staple for finding amazing things to do for free. Some amazing deals are available in advance, but in some cases you will be able to get those last minute theater tickets. NYC gives you many options.

In case you would like to get yourself more familiar with New York Theater life here is the list of NYC off-Broadway theaters:
Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. (@ Pitt St.)
Altered Stages, 212 W. 29th St. (btw. 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.)
American Place Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. (btw. 6th Ave. & Broadway)
Theater At Blessed Sacrament, 152 W. 71st St. (btw. Columbus Ave. & Broadway)
Astor Place Theater, 434 Lafayette St. (btw. 4th St. & Astor Pl.) (212)254-4370 see seating chart...
Blue Man Group: Tubes
Atlantic Theater, 336 W. 20th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank St. (btw. Washington St. & West St.) 591-0564
Lynn Redgrave Theater45, 45 Bleecker St. (btw. Broadway & Lafayette St.)
Cap 21, 18 W 18th St #6 (btw. 5th Ave. & 6th Ave.)
Cherry Lane Theater, 38 Commerce St. (btw. Bedford St. & Hudson St.)
City Center, 131 W. 55th St. (btw. 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.)
Classic Stage Co., 136 E. 13th St. (btw. 3rd Ave & 4th Ave.) 677-4210
Club El Flamingo, 547 W. 21st St. (btw. 10th Ave. & 11th Ave.)
Collective Unconscious, 145 Ludlow St. (btw. Rivington St. & Stanton St.)
Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th St. (btw. Ave. A & Ave. B)
Currican Theatre, 154 W. 29th St. (btw. 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.)
Daryl Roth Theater, 101 East 15th Street
De La Guarda
Duffy Theater, 1553 Broadway (@46th St.) 695-3401
Duke Theatre, 229 West 42nd (btw. 7th Ave. & 8th Ave)
Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 W. 52nd St. (btw. 10th Ave. & 11th Ave.) 247-4982
Expanded Arts, 113 Ludlow St. (btw. Delancey & Rivington St.)
Flatiron Playhouse, 119 West 23rd St. (btw. 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.)
Flea, 41 White St. (btw. Church & Broadway)
Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street
Gloria Maddox Theatre, 151 West 26th St. (btw. 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.)
Greenwich House Theater, 27 Barrow St. (@ 7th Ave. South) 541-8441
Greenwich Street Theater, 547 Greenwich St. (btw. Charlton & Vandam)
Grove Street Playhouse, 39 Grove St. (@ 7th Ave.)
HERE, 145 Avenue of the Americas (btw. Spring & Dominick)
Homegrown Theatre, 2628 Broadway (@ 99th St.) 229-7500
Hudson Guild Theater, 441 W. 26th St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave.)
Ibis Supper Club, 321 W. 44th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.) 239-6200
Intar Theatre, 420 W. 42nd St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave.) 279-4200
Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St. (btw. 10th Ave. & 11th Ave.) 757-3318
Jane Street Theater, 113 Jane St. (@ W. Side Highway) 239-6200
John Houseman Theater, 450 W. 42nd St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave.)
John Jay College Theatre, 899 10th Ave. (btw. 58th St. & 59th St.)
Kraine Theatre, 85 East 4th St. (btw. Bowery & 2nd Ave.)
La Mama, 74A East 4th St. (btw. 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.)
Lambs Theatre, 140 W. 44th St. (btw. Broadway & 6th Ave.)
Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. (btw. Hudson St. & Bleecker St.)
McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway (@ 76th St.) 279-4200
Manhattan Class Company Theater, 120 W. 28th St. (btw. 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.) 727-7765
Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St. (btw. 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.) 581-1212
Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (Just E. of 6th Ave.)
The Mint Theater, 311 W. 43rd St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St. (@ Lincoln Center)
The Neighborhood Playhouse, 340 E. 54th St. (btw. 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave.) 522-1421
New 42nd St. Theater, 348 West 42nd St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St. (btw. 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.)
New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E 4th St. (btw. Bowery & 2nd Ave.) 460-5475
New York Performance Works, 128 Chambers St. (Just E. of W. Broadway)
Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster St. (btw. Spring & Broome St.)
Orpheum Theater, 126 2nd Ave. (btw. 7th St. & St. Mark's Pl.) 477-2477
P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave (@ 9th St.), (212) 477-5288
Phil Bosakowski Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. (btw. W 3rd St. & Minetta Ln.) 475-1449
Playhouse 91, 316 E. 91st St. (btw. 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave.) 831-2000
Playwrights Horizons Studio Theatre, 416 W. 42nd St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave.)
Primary Stages, 354 W. 45th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.) 212-333-4052
Producers Club, 358 West 44th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
(Joseph Papp) Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. (btw. Astor Pl. & 4th St.)
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, 304 W. 47th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave)
Quintero Theater, 534 West 42nd St. (btw. 10th Ave. & 11th Ave.)
The Rattlestick Theatre, 224 Waverly Place (just W. of 7th Ave.)
RAW Space (Studio L), 529 W. 42nd St. (btw. 10th Ave. & 11th Ave.) 414-7734
Raymond J. Greenwald Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
St. Luke's Church, 308 W. 46th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave)
Second Stage Theater, 307 W. 43rd St. (@8th Ave.) 246-4422
Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St. (btw. 6th Ave & 7th Ave)
Soho Rep, 46 Walker St. (btw. Church St. & Broadway)
Ellen's Stardust Diner, 1650 Broadway (@ 51st St.)
Sullivan Street Playhouse, 181 Sullivan St. (btw. Houston St. & Bleeker St.) 674-3838
Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave.)
Theater at St. Peter's Church, Citicorp Center (Lexington Ave. & 54th St.) 935-5820
Theatre 3, 311 W. 43rd St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
Theatre Four, 424 W. 55th St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave)
Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave. (btw. 9th St. & 10th St.) 633-1292
Theatre 22, 54 West 22nd St. (btw 5th Ave. & 6th Ave.)
Thirteenth Street Repertory, 50 W. 13th St. (btw. 5th Ave. & 6th Ave.) 675-6677
Triad Theater, 158 W. 72nd St. (btw. Broadway & Columbus Ave.) 799-4599
Trilogy Theater, 341 West 44th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)
29 Street Repertory Theatre, 212 W. 29th St. (@ 7th Ave.) 465-0575
Union Square Theater, 100 E. 17th St. (btw. Union Square E. & Irving Pl.) 307-4100
Variety Arts Theatre, 110 3rd Ave. (btw. 13th St. & 14th St)
Vineyard Theatre,108 East 15th Street | New York
Westbeth Theater Center, 151 Bank St. (btw. Washington St. & W. Side Hwy.)
Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave.)
Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher St. (W. of Washington St.)
14th St. Y, 344 East 14th St. (btw. 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.)
47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.)

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26 Free Plays, Free Shows! Free Theater in New York City (NYC) Sun, 09/26/2021 - and on...



Shakespeare said All world’s a stage. Our editors at CFT couldn’t agree more, so we give you the most complete listing of free shows in New York. Also, as a Club Free Time member, you can get exclusive free tickets to off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway and, sometime, Broadway shows.
A member can reserve from 2 to 5 complimentary tickets (depending on a show) as long as the supply lasts.

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Sun, Sep 26
2:00 pm

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Plays, September 26, 2021, 09/26/2021, Comedy: What is Fact and What is Fiction?

Play | The Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare's Marooned Twins


Twin siblings both named Antipholus and their servants, both named Dromio, were shipwrecked in a violent storm. As one pair of Antipholus and Dromio arrive in Ephesus in search of their long-lost twins, they find themselves greeted like old friends...but everyone is behaving very strangely...
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Sep 26
3:00 pm

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Plays, September 26, 2021, 09/26/2021, The Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare's Marooned Twins

Performance | I Ping the Body Electric: A Reimagining of Walt Whitman


Tim Cusack’s piece reimagines Walt Whitman’s iconic ode to the human anatomy from the perspective of a 50-something, HIV-positive gay man. This solo dance-theatre piece, co-created with director Patrice Miller, foregrounds Cusack’s queer, aging, “diseased” bodily presence as the focus of the performance, in the process disrupting and challenging normative valuations concerning “masculinity,” “youth,” and “health.” 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Sep 26
7:00 pm

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Performances, September 26, 2021, 09/26/2021, I Ping the Body Electric: A Reimagining of Walt Whitman

Performance | Spoken Word and Found Sound (online)


This American composer, performer, and media artist who is best known for her solo works for voice with electronic processing. In performance, she combines various vocal sounds including operatic bel canto, experimental extended techniques and spoken word, with samples and sounds generated by manipulating found objects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 27
6:00 pm

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Performances, September 27, 2021, 09/27/2021, Spoken Word and Found Sound (online)

Staged Reading | Love Is the Greater Labyrinth: 17th-Century Madcap Adventure (online)


Juana Ines de la Cruz's swashbuckling adventure, romantic farce, and morality tale all rolled into one, the play follows Teseo as he goes to meet his fate in the jaws of the monstrous Minotaur.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 27
7:30 pm

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Staged Readings, September 27, 2021, 09/27/2021, Love Is the Greater Labyrinth: 17th-Century Madcap Adventure (online)

Performance | Magic Show


Bring the whole family to enjoy a remarkable and funny show with your new favorite magician.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 28
6:00 pm

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Performances, September 28, 2021, 09/28/2021, Magic Show
Tue, Sep 28
7:30 pm

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Comedy Clubs, September 28, 2021, 09/28/2021, Stand-Up Comedy

Performance | An Outdoor Celebration of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway


This event willl feature concert versions of current musicals, jazz and Latin music, dancers, singers, and even circus performers
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Sep 29
12:00 pm

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Performances, September 29, 2021, 09/29/2021, An Outdoor Celebration of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway
Wed, Sep 29
7:30 pm

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Plays, September 29, 2021, 09/29/2021, Courtroom Drama

Performance | An Outdoor Celebration of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway


This event willl feature concert versions of current musicals, jazz and Latin music, dancers, singers, and even circus performers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 30
3:00 pm

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Performances, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, An Outdoor Celebration of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway
Thu, Sep 30
8:00 pm

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Plays, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, 'Grotesquely Funny' Show

Performance | An Outdoor Celebration of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway


This event willl feature concert versions of current musicals, jazz and Latin music, dancers, singers, and even circus performers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 1
3:00 pm

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Performances, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, An Outdoor Celebration of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway
Fri, Oct 1
8:00 pm

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Plays, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, 'Grotesquely Funny' Show
Fri, Oct 1
8:00 pm

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Plays, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Comedy

Play | Lady Capulet: A Prequel to Romeo & Juliet


What caused the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets? This prequel follows the journey of Rose from country girl to matriarch, navigating her repression and power in 16th Century Verona in a time when family, money, power and gender determine everything. Written by Melissa Bell Directed by Emily Gallagher
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 2
2:00 pm

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Plays, October 02, 2021, 10/02/2021, Lady Capulet: A Prequel to Romeo & Juliet
Sat, Oct 2
2:00 pm

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Plays, October 02, 2021, 10/02/2021, Comedy
Sat, Oct 2
8:00 pm

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Plays, October 02, 2021, 10/02/2021, 'Grotesquely Funny' Show
Sat, Oct 2
8:00 pm

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Plays, October 02, 2021, 10/02/2021, Comedy
Sun, Oct 3
3:00 pm

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Plays, October 03, 2021, 10/03/2021, Comedy
Tue, Oct 5
7:00 pm

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Performances, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Touching and Through-Provoking Comedy

Performance | Magic Show


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   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 12
6:00 pm

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Performances, October 12, 2021, 10/12/2021, Magic Show

Performance | Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter: Music, Dance, Poetry


A monthly ceremonial fire centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge, with guest artists and activists engaging through music, dance, poetry, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 14
6:30 pm

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Performances, October 14, 2021, 10/14/2021, Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter: Music, Dance, Poetry

Musical | Social Distance: R&B Musical


Social Distance is a R&B musical that follows the days amidst the Coronavirus where four American friends of different ethnicities unite via technology while self quarantining. In the spirit of Lieber and Stoller, Ain't Misbehavin, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Songs for a New World, Social Distance is a sung through musical. Proof of vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Oct 27
7:00 pm

Free
Musicals, October 27, 2021, 10/27/2021, Social Distance: R&B Musical

Performance | Magic Show


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   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 9
6:00 pm

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Performances, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Magic Show

Performance | Magic Show


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   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 7
6:00 pm

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Performances, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Magic Show

Performance | Magic Show


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Tue, Dec 21
6:00 pm

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Performances, December 21, 2021, 12/21/2021, Magic Show
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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Concert | World-Renowned Soul and Funk Band

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