Circle in the Square Theatre

Circle in the Square Theatre

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An Enemy of the People

Ticket Information

Box Office Hours
Monday – Sunday: 10:00AM-8:00PM

Purchase tickets online, at the theatre box office, or by phone at 212-239-6200.

Group Tickets (10+)
Book online or call 800-714-8452.


About This Theatre

Started as a nonprofit theater company in Greenwich Village, the Circle in the Square moved to its current home in 1972, when the theatre was built.

The theatre was designed by Allen Sayles with a thrust stage and a U-shaped seating arrangement in which no audience member was more than eight rows from the stage, thus retaining the intimate feel that the company had in its downtown location. However, the new theatre was much more technically sophisticated and included a unique lighting plan created by noted designer Jules Fisher. Originally founded in 1951 by a group of actors led by Theodore Mann and Jose Quintero, in 1963, Paul Libin joined forces with Mann to run the company, which eventually became a for-profit venture in 1998. The new Circle in the Square Theatre opened on November 15, 1972, with Mourning Becomes Electra, featuring Colleen Dewhurst. Mike Nichols directed George C. Scott, Lillian Gish, and Julie Christie in Uncle Vanya, and Nathan Lane made his Broadway debut there in Present Laughter. Recent productions include True West and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Melissa Etheridge: My Window is currently playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

The Circle in the Square has 776 seats and is an independent Broadway theatre.

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Dress Code
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 under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Late Seating
Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.


Merchandise can be purchased in the lower lobby of the Circle in the Square during showtime.

Restrooms are available downstairs.

Secure lockers are available.

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Accessible Seating

Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.

The theatre is wheelchair-accessible. Not all sections of the theatre are wheelchair-accessible.

Wheelchair-Accessible Restroom

An accessible restroom is available. See a theatre usher for assistance.

Seat Accessibility

Orchestra: Seating is accessible at the Orchestra level.

Please note, once on the Orchestra level there are approximately two steps down per row. Entrance to the Orchestra is behind row K.

Assisted-Listening Devices

Audience Services
Circle in the Square Theatre will provide audio description devices for every performance at the theatre beginning May 6, 2019. The theatre also will also offer handheld devices that provide captioning for deaf or hard-of-hearing patrons beginning May 6, 2019. There will be a representative at the Audience Services desk at every performance to assist any patron with the audio description services or captioning devices.

Assisted-Listening System
Reservations are not necessary, but please arrive early. A driver’s license or ID with a printed address is required.

Loop technology is also available at this theatre.

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Circle in the Square HistoryThe new Circle in the Square Theatre opened November 15, 1972. It was the uptown successor to the legendary Circle in the Square company in Greenwich Village, which helped to define the Off-Broadway movement. The handsome new theatre, with its distinctive U-shaped seating area around a thrust stage, was designed by architect Allen Sayles, with lighting by Jules Fisher. The new Circle in the Square opened auspiciously with a revival of Mourning Becomes Electra, with Colleen Dewhurst. 

The most recent productions here have been the Tony Award-winning revival of Once on This Island; In Transit; the Tony Award-winning Fun Home; Hugh Jackman in The River; Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill; Bronx Bombers; Soul Doctor; Godspell; Lombardi; The Miracle Worker; The Norman Conquests trilogy; Glory Days; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (1,136 performances); Frozen; Life (x) 3; Metamorphoses; The Rocky Horror Show; and Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly in True West.

The 1990s saw Not About Nightingales; Stanley; Hughie; Tartuffe; Bus Stop; Holiday; Garden District; The Rose Tattoo; Uncle Vanya; The Shadow Box; Wilder, Wilder, Wilder; the musical Anna Karenina; Salome; Chinese Coffee; Search and Destroy; On Borrowed Time; Getting Married; Taking Steps; The Miser; Zoya’s Apartment; and a revival of Sweeney Todd.

In the 1980s, The Bacchae; Joanne Woodward in Candida; Eminent Domain; George C. Scott in Present Laughter; Rex Harrison and Rosemary Harris in Heartbreak House; Design for Living; Arms and the Man, starring Kevin Kline and Raúl Juliá; The Marriage of Figaro, starring Christopher Reeve, Anthony Heald, Dana Ivey, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; The Caretaker; Past Tense; You Never Can Tell; Annette Bening and Tim Daly in Coastal Disturbances; Blythe Danner in A Streetcar Named Desire; An Evening With Robert Klein; and revivals of The Night of the Iguana and The Devil’s Disciple all played here.

The 1970s included John Lithgow in Spokesong and Once in a Lifetime; Kevin Kline and Roxanne Hart in Loose Ends; Theodore Bikel in The Inspector General; George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman with George Grizzard, Philip Bosco, and Laurie Kennedy; Romeo and Juliet; The Importance of Being Earnest; John Wood, Mildred Dunnock, and Tammy Grimes in Tartuffe; Lynn Redgrave in Saint Joan; Vanessa Redgrave in Ibsen’s The Lady From the Sea; Pal Joey; Days in the Trees; and The Night of the Iguana starring Richard Chamberlain and Dorothy McGuire.

Some earlier highlights of the decade: George C. Scott in Death of a Salesman; Ah, Wilderness! with Geraldine Fitzgerald; The Glass Menagerie with Maureen Stapleton and Rip Torn; Jim Dale in Scapino; Irene Papas in Medea; Rita Moreno in The National Health; Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach in The Waltz of the Toreadors; and James Earl Jones in The Iceman Cometh.

And Raúl Juliá led a revival of Where’s Charley? During the course of the run, original star Ray Bolger attended a performance. Juliá spotted him and invited him onto the stage for an impromptu dance. 

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