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Take the C, E train to 50th St.
About This Theatre
Built in 1926 and originally named the Mansfield Theatre, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre was renamed in 1960 to honor the famed New York Times drama critic Brooks Atkinson.
This intimate playhouse is popular with theatergoers having housed a long list of distinguished dramas and comedies starring such talents as Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Derek Jacobi, Nathan Lane, Gary Sinise, Jerry Stiller, and Marisa Tomei.
Redecorated in 2000, the theatre is once again illuminated by the original chandelier that had been removed more than 40 years ago.
SIX is currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Dress Code There is no dress code at the theatre. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The theatre is air-conditioned during the summer months.
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Guests under 5 are not permitted in the theatre.
The seating procedure for latecomers varies by seat section. Late patrons are seated at the discretion of the House Manager after the performance begins. They are then escorted directly to their seats by an usher.
Smoking is prohibited in the Brooks Atkinson.
Patron Security For the protection of our patrons, theatre managers and private security personnel are on duty during all performances.
All bags will be inspected upon arrival. Luggage, shopping bags and other large packages that will not fit comfortably with you at your seat will not be checked or allowed inside the theatre. For your convenience, please make other arrangements for these items before arriving.
Do not leave your personal bags (purses, backpacks) unattended while in the theatre.
Firearms are not permitted in the theatre.
Do not carry any of these items into the security screening area. Items that are confiscated will not be returned. If you are unsure about any item, do not bring it to the theatre.
All weapons are strictly prohibited, including but not limited to: firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, OC spray (mace), any dangerous items, and weapons of any kind
Outside food or beverage
Large professional cameras or video recording equipment
Flashlights or laser pointers
Noise making devices or fireworks
The Brooks Atkinson Theatre has the right to refuse entry if any of the above is not adhered to.
Concessions There is one bar located in the theatre’s mezzanine lobby where alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages as well as snacks can be purchased. Bottled water and beverages with secure tops are permitted in the auditorium. The bar begins serving patrons 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance and at intermission.
Nederlander Theatres do not permit outside food or beverages.
Patrons seeking to bring in their own food or drink because the food or drink is necessary for medical reasons shall be permitted to bring such food or drink into a theatre.
It is imperative for patrons to understand that not only do the theatres sell peanut-related products, it is impossible for any theatre to designate peanut-free seating zones since we cannot control what food products patrons may bring into the theatres.
Male and female restrooms are located on the mezzanine level of the theatre.
There is no cloakroom service available at this theatre.
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The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is committed to the needs of patrons with disabilities. Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.
All accessible seating locations may be purchased online, pending availability: Buy tickets for SIX. If you do not see accessible seats available for a selected performance, it means that performance is sold out of accessible tickets and you should try selecting a different performance.
Wheelchair locations are available in the orchestra section of the theatre (pending availability). You may purchase one wheelchair and three companion seats per order if available.
For guests with limited mobility, there are seats available with movable/folding armrests (“Aisle transfer Seats”) in these locations: Orchestra C101, C114, J101, J114, N101, N114, N26, P23. Mezzanine: D1, D25, D 26. The mezzanine requires stairs, as this theatre does not have an elevator or an escalator. All seats in the orchestra section are accessible without using any stairs.
For guests with sight or hearing impairments, accessible seats are available in the Orchestra Row A 1-7, Orch A 2-8.
This theatre originally opened as the Mansfield (in honor of the distinguished actor Richard Mansfield) on February 15, 1926. In 1960, it was rechristened the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in tribute to the New York Times drama critic. The theatre is currently under the direction of the Nederlander Organization.
Recent productions here include Love Letters; the musicals After Midnight and Hands on a Hardbody; and Peter and the Starcatcher with Christian Borle (Tony Award); Relatively Speaking;Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles;Rock of Ages; a revival of Grease!; A Moon for the Misbegotten; The Times They Are A-Changin’; The Odd Couple; The Blonde in the Thunderbird; Mark Twain Tonight!; Democracy; Jumpers; Jackie Mason’s Laughing Room Only; The Look of Love; Medea; Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher in Noises Off (the Atkinson also housed the original production, starring Dorothy Loudon and Victor Garber); JaneEyre; and Derek Jacobi in Uncle Vanya.
The 1990s saw The Iceman Cometh; Wait Until Dark; Play On!; Taking Sides; Buried Child; On the Waterfront; What’s Wrong With This Picture?; She Loves Me; Death and the Maiden starring Glenn Close (Tony Award), Gene Hackman, and Richard Dreyfuss; Shadowlands; and The Cemetery Club.
The 1980s saw personal appearances by Stephanie Mills; Peter, Paul and Mary; and Victor Borge. A revival of the 1942 play Cafe Crown transferred here from the downtown New York Shakespeare Festival. Beginning in 1986, Jackie Mason’s The World According to Me! played several engagements, garnering a special Tony in 1987.
Glenn Close, Sam Waterston, Mary Beth Hurt, and Simon Jones starred in Benefactors. Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, Lynn Redgrave, George Rose, and other stars revived Aren’t We All; Ben Kingsley as Edmund Kean played a limited engagement; Liv Ullmann starred in Ghosts; Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy brought lunacy; Tom Courtenay and Paul Rogers won applause in The Dresser; and the 1980s began with Talley’s Folly.
Highlights of the 1970s included Cliff Gorman in Lenny (Tony Award); The River Niger; Lynn Redgrave in My Fat Friend; James Earl Jones and Kevin Conway in Of Mice and Men; Same Time, Next Year, starring Ellen Burstyn (Tony Award) and Charles Grodin; and Jack Lemmon in Tribute.
The 1960s brought Indians with Stacy Keach; Albert Finney and Zena Walker in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg; Dustin Hoffman in Jimmy Shine; Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn; and Charles Boyer in Man and Boy.
Highlights of earlier years: Fredric March in Years Ago, with his wife Florence Eldridge; Anna Lucasta; and Marc Connelly’s Pulitzer winner, The Green Pastures.
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