Built in 1928, The Ethel Barrymore Theatre opened as a venue in which the theatre’s namesake could star, becoming the last Broadway theatre the Shuberts created.
Ethel Barrymore Theatre box office
Ethel Barrymore portrait
Designed by Herbert J. Krapp with more than 1,000 seats (presently 1,096), the Barrymore continues to be an ideal venue for dramas, comedies, and intimate musicals.
The theatre opened with a production of Gregorio Martinez Sierra’s The Kingdom of God, a religious play in which critic Heywood Broun described Ethel Barrymore’s performance as “the most moving piece of acting I have ever seen in the theatre.”
Ethel Barrymore Theatre auditorium
In addition to functioning as a venue for Barrymore to perform, the stage also saw the Broadway debuts of the acting legend's children, Ethel Barrymore Colt in 1930’s His Majesty’s Car and John Drew Colt in the revival of The School for Scandal.
Throughout its history, the Barrymore flourished, ushering in the Broadway debuts of iconic works such as Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.