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About This Theatre
The Vivian Beaumont Theater opened to the public on October 21, 1965. Designed by the renowned architect Eero Saarinen and named for Vivian Beaumont Allen, a prominent New York philanthropist, the Beaumont was originally the home of the now-defunct Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, which closed in 1973 after nine seasons (two of which were presented in a temporary theatre erected in Washington Square Park). From 1973 to 1977, Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival was in residence at the Beaumont. From 1978 through 1985, the Beaumont was mostly rented to outside producers or was not used at all; a new resident company was formed in 1979, but it only presented one Beaumont season in 1980–81.
Wheelchair access to the Lincoln Center Theater box office, serving the Vivian Beaumont, is available from the street-level entrance on 65th Street. Enter through the glass doors in front of the large curved mural, and use the wheelchair lift on the left. The doorbell next to the lift will call a security guard to assist if necessary. The Beaumont lobby and Orchestra level are accessible by a ramp located to the right of the box office.
Wheelchair access to the Beaumont and Newhouse Theaters is available from the street-level entrance via a manned elevator located to the right of the large mural.
Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the lobby level.
Vivian Beaumont Orchestra:
Orchestra level is accessible via the elevator described above. The entrance is behind Row O, which is the only row accessible to people using wheelchairs. There are approximately one to two steps down per row to all other rows, except Row P, which is one step up.
Vivian Beaumont Mezzanine:
The Mezzanine is called Loge at this theatre. Due to structural limitations, this location is not accessible. It is located up two flights of stairs, 30 steps. The entrance is behind Row E and there are approximately one to two steps down per row to reach all other Loge seats.
Handheld closed captioning devices are available in the Vivian Beaumont Theater three weeks after a show’s opening performance. Pick up from the concessions bar in the lobby. No reservations are necessary.
Assistive Listening System
The Beaumont is now equipped with Induction Hearing Loops for state-of-the-art assistive listening. If your hearing aid has a T-coil, please toggle to that setting to receive the audio signal directly without any headphones or other equipment needed. If your hearing aid does not have a T-coil, headphones are also available. If using headphones, please be sure to turn down the volume on your hearing aids to avoid feedback. Headphones are available from the concessions bars in the lobbies. A driver’s license or an ID with a printed address is required.
The Vivian Beaumont Theater opened October 21, 1965. The building initially encompassed only the 1,100-seat Vivian Beaumont Theater and the 299-seat Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, but a third theatre, the Claire Tow (named after the wife of longtime Lincoln Center Theater board member Leonard Tow), opened in 2012 on the roof of the Beaumont. That 112-seat theatre is the home of LCT3, an initiative to develop new artists and engage new audiences.
Lincoln Center Theater was established in 1985 under the direction of Gregory Mosher and Bernard Gersten. In 1992, André Bishop succeeded Mosher as artistic director. Since Gersten’s retirement in 2013, Bishop has served as LCT’s producing artistic director.
Productions here in the 2010s include My Fair Lady; Junk; Oslo; Act One; The King and I; Macbeth; War Horse; and John Guare’s A Free Man of Color. The first decade of the 21st century saw audiences enjoying South Pacific; The Coast of Utopia; The Light in the Piazza; The Rivals; The Frogs; Henry IV; King Lear; Dinner at Eight; Our Town; Contact; Barbara Cook in Mostly Sondheim; and Q.E.D. In the 1990s, Marie Christine; Parade; Twelfth Night; Ivanov; Racing Demon; Arcadia; Carousel; Gray’s Anatomy; Abe Lincoln in Illinois; My Favorite Year; and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun all played here. Recent Newhouse shows include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; 4000 Miles; The NewCentury; The Glorious Ones; The Clean House; Third; Barbara Cook’s Broadway; Elegies; Sarafina; A New Brain; A Man of No Importance; Hapgood; SubUrbia; The Sisters Rosensweig; and The Substance of Fire.
From 1985 to 1992, Beaumont productions included Six Degrees of Separation; Monster in a Box; Some Americans Abroad; The Tenth Man; Anything Goes; The Comedy of Errors; The Regard of Flight; Death and the King’s Horseman; Waiting for Godot; The Front Page; and The House of Blue Leaves. LCT’s Newhouse program from 1985 to 1992 included Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen; Oh, Hell; Ubu; Measure for Measure; Waiting for Godot; I’ll Go On; Boys’ Life; Sarafina!; Danger: Memory!; Bodies, Rest, and Motion; The Transposed Heads; Terrors of Pleasure; The Flying Karamazov Brothers; and Prairie du Chien & The Shawl.
The Beaumont has changed management several times and experienced periods of inactivity. From 1979 to 1984, the Vivian Beaumont Theater Inc. presented only one season, in 1980–1981, when it hosted The Philadelphia Story, Macbeth, and The Floating Light Bulb. In 1983, the Beaumont was rented for Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen, while Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre appeared in And a Nightingale Sang… at the Newhouse.
Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival was in residence from 1973 to 1977. The NYSF’s offerings included new plays (Boom Boom Room, Streamers, and Short Eyes), as well as revivals of Hamlet with Sam Waterston, Threepenny Opera with Raúl Juliá, and The Cherry Orchard with Meryl Streep.
The inaugural Beaumont production was George Buchner’s Danton’s Death in 1965 with James Earl Jones, followed by plays by Jean-Paul Sartre, Bertolt Brecht, and Federico Garcia Lorca, as well as Lee J. Cobb in King Lear, Jessica Tandy and Al Pacino in Camino Real, and Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder, among others.
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