Ethel Barrymore Theatre

243 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10019

Ethel Barrymore Theatre Information, Shows and Tickets

Directions & Box Office

  • Directions: By Subway, take the C/E to 50th Street, walk south on Eight Avenue and then turn left onto 47th Street. Or take the 1 to 50th Street, walk south on Broadway and then make a right onto 47th Street.
  • Entrance: 47th Street, between 8th and Broadway The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is located on the north side of 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
  • Box Office Hours:
    Monday - Saturday:
    10am - 8pm
    Sunday:
    Noon - 6pm

Best Seats In The House

  • Seats: 1058

The best seats are in the middle orchestra and front mezzanine, but the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is small enough that most of the seats supply a good view of the stage.

Ethel Barrymore Theatre Seating Chart

Ethel Barrymore Theatre Seating Chart

Parking for Ethel Barrymore Theatre

The closest parking garages for Ethel Barrymore Theatre are located at:

Central Parking System
257 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
212-246-2371
Quik Park Garage
201 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
212-586-0665

The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.

Additional Notes

Ethel Barrymore herself starred in the first show at her namesake theater.

Landlord: Shubert Organization

Official Ticketer: Telecharge

Elevator: No

Escalator: No

Disabled Access Notes:

Despite having no elevator or escalator, this theatre is accessible for the disabled and has appropriate seating areas, just not in all sections.

Upcoming Shows

Our Town

  • Previews Begin: September 17, 2024
  • Opens: October 10, 2024
  • Show Closes: Open ended
Modernist metatheatrical play about a fictional American town in 1901, from the perspective of everyday people, as told by the town’s theatre stage manager …more
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Previous Shows

Patriots

  • Opened: April 22, 2024
  • Show Closed: June 23, 2024
Drama About The Aftermath Of The Soviet Union’s Fall (1988-1991) And The Battle Between Putin And The Powerful Russian Oligarch, Boris Berezovsky …more

Harmony

  • Opened: November 13, 2023
  • Show Closed: February 4, 2024
In 1920s Berlin, Germany - six talented young men, Both Jewish and Gentile, come together to form a group of comedian harmonists. They took the world by storm with their …more

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

  • Opened: April 19, 2023
  • Show Closed: July 23, 2023
The ‘Cornley Drama Society’ from The Play That Goes Wrong is back on stage battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved …more

The Piano Lesson

  • Opened: October 13, 2022
  • Show Closed: January 29, 2023
Samuel L Jackson stars in a revival of August Wilson's play about a family’s prized heirloom piano and the festering dispute over its future that opens old familial wounds …more

Paradise Square

  • Opened: April 3, 2022
  • Show Closed: July 17, 2022
During the American Civil War, four people from diverse backgrounds have conflicting ideas about what it is to be American. Their disparate opinions collide in NYC's Paradise Square. …more

Waitress 2021

  • Opened: September 14, 2021
  • Show Closed: December 20, 2021
Set in a small-town diner, this show depicts a waitress, who dreams of breaking free from her unhappy marriage and yearns to begin a new life. …more

The Inheritance

  • Opened: November 17, 2019
  • Show Closed: March 15, 2020
A two-part American Premiere by Matthew Lopez which tells the story about life in the gay community in Y2K in New York after the peak of the AIDS crisis. …more

The Band's Visit

  • Opened: November 9, 2017
  • Show Closed: April 7, 2019
The Band’s Visit tells a story of the Egyptian Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, who get stranded in a desolate Israeli town in the Negev desert. …more

Six Degrees of Separation

  • Opened: May 5, 2017
  • Show Closed: June 18, 2017
Six Degrees of Separation refers to the concept of everybody being connected to everybody, with a maximum of six people in the chain between everyone in the world. Paul, a …more

The Present

  • Opened: January 8, 2017
  • Show Closed: March 19, 2017
Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov's The Present is set in Russia in the 1990s in the post-Perestroika period. The Present takes place at an old country house, and the central female …more

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Opened: October 5, 2014
  • Show Closed: September 4, 2016
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows a 15 year-old kid named Christopher John Francis Boone who has an exceptional brain, but difficulty fitting into the expected …more

Ethel Barrymore Theatre History

Not many actors are approached to star in the debut production of their very own theater, but that is the enticing offer the Shuberts made to acclaimed stage performer Ethel Barrymore in 1928.

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre opened with the new play The Kingdom of God, and the actress went on to feature in several subsequent productions at her self-named theater, such as The Love Duel, Scarlet Sister Mary, and The School for Scandal.

Barrymore's Were The Royal Family of Theatre

The Barrymores were once a sort of royal family of acting, and not surprisingly Ethel's children -- Ethel Barrymore Colt and John Drew Colt -- also made their Broadway debuts at this theater.

Since then, a wide variety of other great performers have graced this stage, from Lunt and Fontanne to Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier to Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Notable Past Productions

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre has a history of presenting groundbreaking plays, such as Clare Boothe Luce's The Women, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, and David Mamet's American Buffalo.

Other notables include Death Takes a Holiday, Design for Living, Night Must Fall, Tea and Sympathy, Wait Until Dark, Hurlyburly, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Sisters Rosensweig, Indiscretions, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, The Glass Menagerie featuring Christian Slater, David Mamet's Race, and a revival of the drama Arcadia.

Musicals of note include Cole Porter's Gay Divorce, Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill's Knickerbocker Holiday, Rodgers & Hart's Pal Joey, the Gian-Carlo Menotti opera The Consul, Maltby & Shire's Baby, Cy Coleman's The Life, the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire, and a revival of Company.

Ethel Barrymore Theatre Design

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre has a very stately look, with a warm golden interior, detailed trim, and red seats and curtains. On the outside, it is handsome and elegant in white, with round arches above the gilded doorways. The 1,058-seat theater, designed by Herbert J. Krapp, is a flexible space, ideal for large plays but also good for intimate dramas and small-scale musicals.

The beautiful men's and women's restrooms are in the large basement lounge, which also has a bar and several benches for resting on before the show or during intermission.