Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Brooks Atkinson 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, Kevin Spacey, 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.

The Brooks Atkinson has 1,069 seats and is one of The Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.

 

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Ticket Information

Box Office Hours
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

American Express, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted.

Single Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the theatre or by calling 877-250-2929. Tickets can also be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Group Tickets
Arrangements for groups can be made through Broadway Direct Group Sales. Visit groups.BroadwayDirect.com or call 800-714-8452 for more information.


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Refunds/Exchanges
The Brooks Atkinson Theatre does not provide ticket refunds or exchanges.

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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.

Children
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.

Late Seating
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
Smoking is prohibited in the Brooks Atkinson.


Amenities

Bar
There are bars located in the theatre’s mezzanine lobby where mixed drinks, sodas, and candy can be purchased. However, water and drinks with tops (souvenir cups) are the only beverage that are permitted in the auditorium.

The bars begin serving patrons 30 minutes before the performance begins.

Restrooms
Male and female restrooms are located on the mezzanine level of the theatre.

Cloakroom
There is no cloakroom service available at this theatre.

Patron Security
For the protection of our patrons, theatre managers and private security personnel are on duty during all performances.

Bag Checks
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.


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Security

Patron Security
For the protection of our patrons, theatre managers and private security personnel are on duty during all performances.

Bag Checks
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.


Theatre Staff

House Manager: Chris Hutton
Treasurer: Stefan Fredrick
Head Usher: Marion Mooney

Contact Information
Nederlander Alliances, LLC
1501 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 840-5577

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This theatre originally opened as the Mansfield (in honor of the distinguished American actor Richard Mansfield) on February 15, 1926. On September 12, 1960, it was rechristened the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in tribute to the eminent drama critic of The New York Times. The theatre is currently under the direction of the Messrs. Nederlander.

Recent productions here include The Look of Love; Medea; Noises Off; Jane Eyre; Uncle Vanya; The Rainmaker; The Iceman Cometh; Fool Moon; Wait Until Dark; 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, directed by Mike Nichols (1992); Shadowlands, a British play about the romance of author C.S. Lewis and U.S. poet Joy Davidson, starring Jane Alexander and Nigel Hawthorne, who won a Tony Award for his performance (1990). That same year, the theatre housed The Cemetery Club.

In 1989 personal appearances were made here by Stephanie Mills; Peter, Paul & Mary; and Victor Borge. Also on view was a revival of the 1942 play Cafe Crown, which transferred here from the downtown New York Shakespeare Festival. The cast included Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Bob Dishy, and David Margulies. Beginning in 1986 through 1988, Jackie Mason’s “The World According to Me” played several engagements here, garnering a special Tony Award in 1987.

During the 1980s, a series of notable productions played here. Glenn Close, Sam Waterston, Mary Beth Hurt, and Simon Jones starred in the British import Benefactors. Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, Lynn Redgrave, George Rose, and other stars cavorted in a revival of the Frederick Lonsdale comedy Aren’t We All.; Dorothy Loudon, Brian Murray, and Victor Garber played here from December 1983 to April 1985 in Noises Off.; Ben Kingsley As Edmund Kean, a one-man show, 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 Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize—winning play, Talley’s Folly, starring Judd Hirsch and Trish Hawkins.

Highlights of the 1970s included Cliff Gorman in his Tony Award—winning title role of Lenny; the Negro Ensemble Company’s The River Niger; Lynn Redgrave in My Fat Friend; James Earl Jones and Kevin Conway in Of Mice and Men; the smash comedy 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; Charles Boyer in Man and Boy; Peter Ustinov’s Halfway Up the Tree; and Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna in Lovers and Other Strangers. Highlights of earlier years: Fredric March in his Tony Award—winning role in Ruth Gordon’s play Years Ago, with his wife, Florence Eldridge; Anna Lucasta; and Marc Connelly’s Pulitzer Prize classic The Green Pastures.

Written by Louis Botto

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