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Group Tickets (12+)
Book online or call 800-714-8452.
Take the C, E train to 50th St.
About This Theatre
The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is the only surviving theatre of the many Lee and J.J. Shubert built for performers who were affiliated with them. Ethel Barrymore was part of the renowned Barrymore acting dynasty, and her tremendous popularity in New York and London society established her as a household name in the U.S. and England. She had achieved stardom under the management of producer Charles Frohman beginning in 1901. In 1928, the Shuberts offered to build her a theatre and commission a play for her to premiere in her namesake house.
The Piano Lesson is now playing at the Barrymore Theatre.
The Barrymore Theatre has 1,058 seats and is one of the Shubert Organization‘s 17 Broadway theatres.
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Buy tickets now for any performance through April 30, 2022, and you can either refund or exchange your tickets into any other date until 48 hours before the performance. You may exchange an order up to three times and refund once per show per month. Terms are subject to change.
There is no dress code at the theatre. Formal attire is not required. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Children Paradise Square is recommended for ages 12 and older. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.
Please be advised performances begin promptly. There is no late seating.
Wheelchair-accessible (main floor). Additional restrooms are located down two flights of steps (20 steps).
There is cloakroom service available at this theatre. No strollers or furs.
Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.
Theatre is wheelchair-accessible.
There is one (unisex) wheelchair accessible restroom located on the main floor with no steps. Non-accessible restrooms are located down two flights of steps (20 steps).
Orchestra location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only.
Mezzanine location: Located up three flights of stairs (30 steps). Once on the Mezzanine level, there are approximately two steps per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row E of the Front Mezzanine.
Handrails: Available at the end of every stepped seat row in the Mezzanine.
Reservations are not necessary. Driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please e-mail [email protected] or call (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.
Loop technology is also available at this theatre.
Shubert Audience Services The Barrymore Theatre provides at least 10 infrared assistive listening devices for every performance at the theatre. Beginning 4 weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, at least 10 audio description devices are available for every performance at the theatre. In addition, there is unlimited access to downloadable audio description software for personal mobile devices, available beginning 4 weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, which provides an automated detailed account of the visual of the production, free of charge, for blind or partially sighted patrons. The theatre also offers hand-held devices and software that provide captioning for deaf or hard-of-hearing patrons, available beginning 4 weeks after a show’s official opening night performance. Additional devices can be available with at least 24 hours’ notice by contacting Shubert Audience Services at 212-944-3700 or [email protected]. There is also a representative at the Shubert Audience Services kiosk at every performance to assist any patron with the audio description devices, software, or captioning devices.
For more information, visit the Shubert Audience Services kiosk inside the theatre.
This beautiful theatre was built by the Shuberts in honor of the beloved Ethel Barrymore, who opened the theatre on December 20, 1928, with The Kingdom of God. After that, the great star appeared here in The Love Duel, Scarlet Sister Mary, The School for Scandal, and An International Incident.
Still owned by the Shubert Organization, the theatre’s most recent productions include Cate Blanchett in The Present; Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington and Sophie Okonedo; Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall in Betrayal; Alan Cumming’s (almost) one-person Macbeth; Chaplin; Mike Nichols’ revival of Death of a Salesman; and An Evening With Patti LuPoneand Mandy Patinkin. Other tenants have included a revival of Arcadia; Elling; Exit the King; Mamet’s Race, Speed-the-Plow, and November; Company; Ring of Fire; Jessica Lange in The Glass Menagerie; Sly Fox; Salome; Imaginary Friends; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; and a revival of The Real Thing.
The 1990s saw Putting It Together; Amy’s View; Electra; The Life; An Ideal Husband; Indiscretions; The Sisters Rosensweig; Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin in A Streetcar Named Desire (the original production, starring Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, also played the Barrymore); Mule Bone; and Lettice & Lovage (Tonys went to Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack). The ’80s included The Secret Rapture; Mikhail Baryshnikov in Metamorphosis;Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; Social Security; Hurlyburly; Baby; Zoe Caldwell in Lillian; Jessica Tandy (Tony Award), Hume Cronyn, and Keith Carradine in Foxfire; Katharine Hepburn and Dorothy Loudon in The West Side Waltz; and Gilda Radner in Lunch Hour.
The 1970s found Anthony Perkins and Mia Farrow in Romantic Comedy;I Love My Wife; Robert Duvall in American Buffalo; Tom Stoppard’s Travesties; Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and Anne Baxter in Noël Coward in Two Keys; Rex Harrison in Emperor Henry IV; Ingrid Bergman in Captain Brassbound’s Conversion; Ain’t Supposed To Die a Natural Death; Don’t Play Us Cheap;The Philanthropist; and Conduct Unbecoming.
Productions in the 1960s included a revival of The Front Page; Geraldine Page, Lynn Redgrave, and Michael Crawford in Black Comedy; Lee Remick and Robert Duvall in Wait Until Dark; James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner; Henry Fonda in Critic’s Choice and with Olivia de Havilland in A Gift of Time; and Michael Redgrave and Sandy Dennis in The Complaisant Lover.
During the 1950s the hits included The Consul; Rex Harrison and Lili Palmer in Bell, Book, and Candle; Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in The Fourposter; Deborah Kerr in Tea and Sympathy;The Chalk Garden; A Raisin in the Sun; and The Desperate Hours.
Earlier hits: Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey with Gene Kelly; Katharine Cornell, Judith Anderson, and Ruth Gordon in The Three Sisters; Gertrude Lawrence and Raymond Massey in Pygmalion; Fred Astaire’s last Broadway appearance in Cole Porter’s Gay Divorce; Katharine Cornell and Laurence Olivier in No Time for Comedy;The Women; Paul Muni in Key Largo; and Walter Huston in Knickerbocker Holiday.
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