John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10019

John Golden Theatre Information, Shows and Tickets

Directions & Box Office

  • Directions: By subway, take the A/C/E to 42nd Street, walk north on Eighth Avenue, and then turn right onto 45th Street. Or take the 1/2/3 to 42nd Street, walk north on Broadway, and make a left onto 45th Street.
  • Entrance: 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues The John Golden Theatre is located on the south side of 45th Street, west of Broadway near 8th Avenue.
  • Box Office Hours:
    Monday - Saturday:
    10am - 8pm
    12pm - 6pm

Best Seats In The House

  • Seats: 805

The John Golden Theatre has 805 seats. Because of its relatively small size, the John Golden Theatre offers great sightlines all around.

John Golden Theatre Seating Chart

John Golden Theatre Seating Chart

Parking for John Golden Theatre

The closest parking garages for John Golden Theatre are located at:

Quik Park Garage
303 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Champion Parking On West 45
251 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

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

Landlord: Shubert Organization

Official Ticketer: Telecharge


This is one of Broadway's more intimate theaters that only ever carries plays as musicals are far too large to be accommodated.

Elevator: No

Escalator: No

Now Playing Stereophonic

  • Previews Began: April 2, 2024
  • Opens: April 19, 2024
  • Show Closes: August 18, 2024
A rock group records their first album and experience the joys and frustrations of creating art as band members and the sound engineers strive for artistic perfection, battle inner demons …more
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Previous Shows

The Shark Is Broken

  • Opened: August 10, 2023
  • Show Closed: November 19, 2023
Inspired by the Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws, The Shark Is Broken is a “making of” story that imagines what happened between the film’s stars Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy …more

Prima Facie

  • Opened: April 23, 2023
  • Show Closed: July 2, 2023
A scrappy lawyer discovers the limitations of the legal system after being sexually assaulted herself and then having to be the plaintiff in a trial against the assailant …more


  • Opened: October 20, 2022
  • Show Closed: January 15, 2023
Haunted by the past and their obsession with a street con-game of three-card monte, two brothers come to learn the true nature of their past. …more


  • Opened: April 21, 2022
  • Show Closed: June 18, 2022
Playwright Martin McDonagh perfectly balances comedy and tragedy in this mid-20th century examination of capital punishment …more

Thoughts of a Colored Man

  • Opened: October 21, 2021
  • Show Closed: December 22, 2021
Modern story of a crew of black men in Brooklyn, NY, who are trying to make the most of themselves and set a good example for the younger generation …more

Slave Play 2019

  • Opened: October 6, 2019
  • Show Closed: January 19, 2020
Satirical yet sophisticated play, with a modern twist, about the sexual experiences of three interracial couples during the civil war era of slavery. …more

Hillary and Clinton

  • Opened: April 18, 2019
  • Show Closed: June 23, 2019
Hillary and Clinton takes you behind the scenes of the 2008 presidential campaign. It is an insight into the political storm which erupted between Hillary and her Iowa opponent. …more

The Waverly Gallery

  • Opened: October 25, 2018
  • Show Closed: January 27, 2019
A comedic memory play about a woman in her final fight against Alzheimer’s. The show tackles the complexity of caring for someone living with the disease. …more

Three Tall Women

  • Opened: March 29, 2018
  • Show Closed: June 24, 2018
Three Tall Women is a beautifully crafted drama that is playing on Broadway for the first time. It is the story of a 90 year-old woman (Glenda Jackson), who has …more

A Doll's House, Part 2

  • Opened: April 27, 2017
  • Show Closed: September 24, 2017
Since its premiere in 1879, Henrik Ibsen’s masterwork A Doll’s House has been performed on Broadway 13 times, the most recent of which took place in 1997. Lucas Hnath’s new …more

The Encounter

  • Opened: September 29, 2016
  • Show Closed: January 8, 2017
Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, which details the experience of National Geographic writer and photographer Loren McIntyre, who immersed himself amongst tribal communities along the Amazon …more


  • Opened: March 6, 2016
  • Show Closed: June 19, 2016
Eclipsed centers on five women including Lupita Nyong’o (Academy Award winner for 12 Years a Slave) in her Broadway debut. The play takes place in Liberia near the end of …more

The Gin Game

  • Opened: October 14, 2015
  • Show Closed: January 10, 2016
The Gin Game takes place in a nursing home for senior citizens, where the characters Weller Martin (James Earl Jones) and Fonsia Dorsey (Cicely Tyson) become friends. Neither individual has …more


  • Opened: April 2, 2015
  • Show Closed: June 21, 2015
Skylight is a deeply powerful and intelligent drama that tells the story of Kyra (Carey Mulligan) who had lived with the Sargeant family years before, but left when her affair …more

A Delicate Balance

  • Opened: November 20, 2014
  • Show Closed: February 22, 2015
A Delicate Balance is the story of a couple whose adult daughter comes home following an unhappy marriage, whose sister is an alcoholic truth teller who lives with them, and …more

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

  • Opened: March 14, 2013
  • Show Closed: August 25, 2013
A Chekhov-inspired, American sitcom-esque comedy play that revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, …more

Avenue Q

  • Opened: July 31, 2003
  • Show Closed: September 13, 2009
A recent university grad moves into his first apartment and navigates love, work, and friendships in this Sesame Street-style satire of post-college life. …more

John Golden Theatre History

The John Golden Theatre, built in 1927, was originally called the Theatre Masque. It was one of the theaters built by the Chanin Brothers, the duo responsible for several Broadway houses. However, the moguls lost control of their theatre empire during the Depression, and as a result the Majestic Theatre, Royale Theatre, and Theatre Masque were acquired by the Shuberts.

With only 805 seats, the John Golden Theatre is one of the smallest theaters that the Chanin brothers built and was designed to house more intimate plays.

Theatre Masque

From 1927 till 1937 this theatre was named the Theatre Masque and was renamed to the John Golden Theatre, after the illustrious Broadway producer who bought the theatre and named it after himself.

For a few years in the mid-'40s, the theater was leased as a movie house, but for most of its life this space has proven to be a great home for plays and small-cast musicals, as the small size of the theater provides an intimate setting.

Notable Shows at This Theatre

The premiere show at Theatre Masque was Puppets of Passion, an Italian play. The Theatre Masque’s biggest hit was a drama in 1929 called Rope’s End by Patrick Hamilton, influenced by the murderers Leopold and Loeb.

In 1953, after it had been named the John Golden Theatre, Victor Borge had a big hit here with his one-man show, and the Pulitzer Prize winning The Gin Game won Jessica Tandy a Tony Award for her performance.

More recently, the John Golden Theatre has been home to acclaimed plays like Master Class and Side Man, the popular puppet musical Avenue Q, Driving Miss Daisy starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, and the acclaimed revival of The Normal Heart.

John Golden Theatre Design

The façade of the Golden Theatre was part of a single wall of variegated brick with three blind arches. The building was designed in the Spanish Renaissance style and the interior had a strong Spanish flavor.

It was designed in the Mission Revival style, with rough plaster walls, wrought iron fixtures, and a beamed ceiling.