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Barrymore Theatre

243 W 47th St, New York City, NY 10036-1496
+1 212-239-6200
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The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is the only surviving theatre of the many Lee and J.J. Shubert built for performers who were affiliated with them. Ethel Barrymore was part of the renowned Barrymore acting dynasty, and her tremendous popularity in New York and London society established her as a household name in the US and England. She had achieved stardom under the management of producer Charles Frohman beginning in 1901. In 1928, the Shuberts offered to build her a theatre and commission a play for her to premiere in her namesake house. The Barrymore is the last theatre Lee and J.J. Shubert built. Designed by Herbert Krapp, its exterior was modeled on the design of public baths in Rome, with a two-story terra-cotta grillwork screen. The interior decor combines Elizabethan, Mediterranean, and Adamsesque styles. The most elaborate interior element is the boxes, which feature a sunburst pattern over a columned portico.
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243 W 47th St, New York City, NY 10036-1496
+1 212-239-6200
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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the play 6 degrees of separation. Terrific cast and play.Hope that it would come to DC. Would invite others to come and see it.

Thank nannatwo
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the Barrymore Theatre to see the play "Six Degrees of Separation". With a husband that is 6'3" we always opt for aisle seating. We sat in the orchestra in row N. He was relatively comfortable and able to stretch out his legs decently....More

Thank lhamilt77
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Of corse I attend a Broadway show for the actors and the performance but I always feel more connected to the theater tradition when the show is located in an historic venue like the Barrymore in the thick of the theater direct on 4th Street...More

Thank DianneWheatley
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Six Degrees of Separation - great performance and definitely an amazing theatre. The theatre was very old-fashioned but was equipped with a great sound system, interactive stage, and friendly staff.

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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Terrific, moving, funny play. All sorts of emotions with this brilliantly acted show, especially Corey Hawkins, a talent to look out for. Reasonably priced tickets also, rush. Luckily for me last night I was in the right place at the right time, being given a...More

Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Funny. Great role for Allison Janney. Leave the youngsters and teens at home. I think you have to be a certain age to enjoy this - maybe appeals to more mature audiences? 95 minutes without intermission. Lots of laughs.

Thank b d
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The rating is for the play -- not for the venue which I really enjoyed. It was a mediocre attempt at adapting the Chekhov script to the Glasnost-Perestroika era -- some clever lines (reference to English speaking countries in which Australia featured last) and the...More

Thank rh24
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Went in and saw 'The Present" - great show and a great historic theater. Beautiful chandelier, and the decor is amazing. Note - bathrooms although plentiful are in the basement. Offered water and snacks ala employees with trays. Seats a little tight and little leg...More

Thank DogfaceJones
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This is a gripping story of a party, mixed with family and friends. The mixture is toxic and is a disturbing tale of friends family and lovers. Kate Blanchet is extraordinary in her role .... riveting and passionate. Do not expect to laugh much and...More

Thank ledzep01
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We loved our theatre experience at the Ethel Barrymore. How could anything be wrong when you can see Cate Blanchett, perhaps the greatest acting talent of ours or any other lifetime, perform live on Broadway! The play did not disappoint, so please don't read negative...More

Thank Kerry D
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Giuseppina D
9 June 2017|
Response from DianneWheatley | Reviewed this property |
Yes, this is not a large theater so line of sight is better than more modern places.
13 October 2015|
Response from Rebecca S | Property representative |
There aren't any free parking garages, but there is an Icon Parking garage next to the Barrymore Theatre at 257 West 47th Street.