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Artef Theatre


110 W. 41st St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 625

D. G. Malcolm, architect. The Shuberts built it for small-scale productions. They often rented it to other producers, including Cecil B. DeMille, comedian William Collier, and the Washington Square Players (later the Theatre Guild). The stock market crash rendered the theatre dark from 1931 to 1935. Attracted by its intimacy, Orson Welles and John Houseman re-opened it in 1937 as the Mercury, home to their Mercury Players. A brief stint as a Yiddish theatre (the Artef) preceded its 1942 demolition.

Built: 1909    Demolished: 1942   

Theatre Names Named
Artef Theatre 1940     
Mercury Theatre 1937     
Comedy Theatre 1913     
Collier's Comedy Theatre 1910     
Comedy Theatre 1909     
ProductionsProduction Dates
 
Mercury Theatre
Tell My Story
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Richard Rohman
Mar 15, 1939 - Mar 15, 1939
Danton's Death
Play, Revival, Drama
Music by Marc Blitzstein; Written by Geoffrey Dunlop
Nov 02, 1938 - Nov 1938
Heartbreak House
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 29, 1938 - Jun 1938
The Shoemakers' Holiday
Play, Revival
Written by Thomas Dekker
Jan 01, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Julius Caesar
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Nov 11, 1937 - Closing date unknown
 
Comedy Theatre
Wall Street Scene
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by John Lawrence
Oct 18, 1937 - Oct 1937
Black Rhythm
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Donald Heywood; Book by Donald Heywood; Lyrics by Donald Heywood
Dec 19, 1936 - Dec 24, 1936
The Life and Loves of Dorian Gray
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Cecil Clarke
Aug 17, 1936 - Sep 1936
Dorian Gray
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Jeron Criswell
Jul 20, 1936 - Closing date unknown
Elizabeth Sleeps Out
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Leslie Howard
Apr 20, 1936 - May 1936
People on the Hill
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 25, 1931 - Sep 1931
Cinderelative
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 18, 1930 - Sep 1930
Ruth Draper
Special, Original, Sketches
Written by Ruth Draper
Apr 14, 1929 - Closing date unknown
The Seagull
Play, Revival, Comedy, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
Apr 09, 1929 - May 1929
Exceeding Small
Play, Original
Written by Caroline Francke
Oct 22, 1928 - Dec 1928
Maya
Play, Original
Written by Simon Gantillon
Feb 21, 1928 - Mar 1928
So Am I
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by C. M. Selling
Jan 27, 1928 - Feb 1928
The Love Nest
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 22, 1927 - Jan 1928
The Scarlet Lily
Play, Original
Jan 29, 1927 - Mar 1927
Black Cockatoo
Play, Original, Melodrama
Dec 30, 1926 - Jan 1927
Black Boy
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Oct 06, 1926 - Nov 1926
Kept
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Pierre Gendron
Sep 17, 1926 - Sep 1926
The Importance of Being Earnest
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Oscar Wilde
May 03, 1926 - Jul 1926
Ghosts
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Mar 16, 1926 - Apr 1926
Hedda Gabler
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Jan 26, 1926 - Mar 1926
Morals
Play, Original
Written by Ludwig Thoma
Nov 30, 1925 - Jan 1926
Candida
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 09, 1925 - Nov 1925
The Call of Life
Play, Original
Oct 09, 1925 - Oct 1925
The Book of Charm
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 03, 1925 - Oct 1925
Thrills
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 16, 1925 - Apr 1925
Ostriches
Play, Original
Written by Edward Wilbraham
Mar 30, 1925 - Apr 1925
A Good Bad Woman
Play, Revival
Feb 09, 1925 - Feb 1925
Lass O'Laughter
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Edith Carter
Jan 08, 1925 - Feb 1925
The Farmer's Wife
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Eden Phillpotts
Oct 09, 1924 - Jan 1925
Nerves
Play, Original
Sep 01, 1924 - Sep 1924
Children of the Moon
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Martin Flavin
Aug 17, 1923 - Nov 1923
The Adding Machine
Play, Original, Tragedy
Apr 23, 1923 - May 19, 1923
Anything Might Happen
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Edgar Selwyn
Feb 20, 1923 - Apr 1923
Jitta's Atonement
Play, Original, Comedy, Tragedy
Jan 17, 1923 - Feb 1923
Gringo
Play, Original
Written by Sophie Treadwell
Dec 12, 1922 - Jan 1923
The Romantic Age
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by A. A. Milne
Nov 14, 1922 - Dec 1922
Thin Ice
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Percival Knight
Sep 30, 1922 - Dec 1922
The Hindu
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 21, 1922 - May 1922
The White Peacock
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Olga Petrova
Dec 26, 1921 - Mar 1922
The Mad Dog
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 08, 1921 - Nov 1921
The Right to Strike
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 24, 1921 - Oct 1921
Pot Luck
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 29, 1921 - Oct 1921
The Triumph of X
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Carlos Wupperman
Aug 24, 1921 - Sep 1921
Just Married
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Apr 26, 1921 - Closing date unknown
The Bad Man
Play, Original, Comedy, Satire
Aug 30, 1920 - Jun 1921
The Americans in France
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Eugene Brieux
Aug 03, 1920 - Aug 1920
My Lady Friends
Play, Original, Farce
Dec 03, 1919 - Jun 1920
Fifty-Fifty, Ltd.
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 27, 1919 - Nov 29, 1919
Up from Nowhere
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 08, 1919 - Oct 1919
Augustus Does His Bit
Play, Original
Mar 12, 1919 - Mar 1919
Toby's Bow
Play, Original
Feb 10, 1919 - Jun 1919
The Climax
Play, Revival
Written by Edward Locke
Jan 16, 1919 - Feb 1919
A Place in the Sun
Play, Original
Written by Cyril Harcourt
Nov 28, 1918 - Jan 1919
An Ideal Husband
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Oscar Wilde
Sep 16, 1918 - Nov 1918
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Play, Revival
Mar 11, 1918 - Apr 20, 1918
Youth
Play, Original
Written by Miles Malleson
Feb 20, 1918 - Mar 09, 1918
In The Zone
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Avenue
Play, Original
Written by Fenimore Merrill
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Blind Alleys
Play, Original
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
His Widow's Husband
Play, Original
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Home of the Free
Play, Original
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Lonesome Like
Play, Revival
Written by Harold Brighouse
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Salome
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Oscar Wilde
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Neighbors
Play, Original
Written by Zona Gale
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Critic's Comedy
Play, Original
Written by Samuel Kaplan
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Girl in the Coffin
Play, Original
Written by Theodore Dreiser
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Yum Chapab
Play, Original
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Suppressed Desires
Play, Original
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Sandbar Queen
Play, Original
Written by George Cronyn
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Habit
Play, Original
Written by Frank Dare
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Beautiful Legend of Pokey
Play, Original
Written by Philip Moeller
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Poisoned Flower
Play, Original
Written by Armand Vecsey
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
Enter the Hero
Play, Original
Written by Theresa Helburn
Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918
The Barton Mystery
Play, Original
Written by Walter Hackett
Oct 13, 1917 - Oct 1917
The Family Exit
Play, Original
Written by Lawrence Langner
Sep 19, 1917 - Oct 1917
The Life of Man
Play, Original
Written by Leonid Andreyev
Jan 14, 1917 - Closing date unknown
Literature
Play, Revival
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Eugenically Speaking
Play, Revival
Written by Edward Goodman
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
A Miracle of St. Anthony
Play, Revival
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
A Bear
Play, Revival
Written by Anton Chekhov
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
A Merry Death
Play, Original
Written by Nikolai Evreinov
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Lover's Luck
Play, Original
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
The Sugar House
Play, Original
Written by Alice Brown
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Sisters of Susanne
Play, Original
Written by Philip Moeller
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Trifles
Play, Original
Written by Susan Glaspell
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Another Way Out
Play, Original
Written by Lawrence Langner
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Bushido
Play, Original
Written by Takeda Izumo
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Altruism
Play, Original
Written by Karl Ettlinger
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
The Last Straw
Play, Original
Written by Bosworth Crocker
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
A Private Account
Play, Original
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
The Hero of Santa Maria
Play, Original
Written by Ben Hecht
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
The Death of Tintagiles
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Plots and Playwrights
Play, Original
Written by Edward Massey
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
The Poor Fool
Play, Original
Written by Hermann Bahr
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Sganarelle
Play, Revival
Written by Molière
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Pariah
Play, Revival
Aug 30, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Ghosts
Play, Revival
Written by Henrik Ibsen
May 07, 1916 - May 26, 1917
The Fear Market
Play, Original
Written by Amelie Rives
Feb 28, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Hobson's Choice
Play, Original
Written by Harold Brighouse
Nov 08, 1915 - Closing date unknown
Mrs. Boltay's Daughters
Play, Original
Written by Marion Fairfax
Oct 23, 1915 - Nov 1915
The Bargain
Play, Original
Oct 06, 1915 - Oct 1915
Just Boys
Play, Original
Sep 13, 1915 - Sep 1915
Mr. Myd's Mystery
Play, Original
Aug 16, 1915 - Aug 1915
The White Feather
Play, Original
Feb 04, 1915 - Jun 1915
The Fallen Idol
Play, Original
Written by Guy Bolton
Jan 23, 1915 - Jan 1915
Lady Luxury
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 11, 1915 - Jan 23, 1915
The Dumb and the Blind
Play, Original
Written by Harold Chapin
Dec 18, 1914 - Jan 1915
The Marriage of Kitty
Play, Original
Dec 18, 1914 - Jan 1915
At the Barn
Play, Original
Nov 30, 1914 - Dec 1914
Mary Goes First
Play, Original
Nov 02, 1914 - Nov 1914
Consequences
Play, Original
Written by H.F. Rubinstein
Oct 01, 1914 - Nov 1914
A Modern Girl
Play, Original
Sep 12, 1914 - Sep 1914
Kitty Mackay
Play, Original
Jan 07, 1914 - Sep 1914
The Marriage Game
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 29, 1913 - Jan 1914
Believe Me Xantippe
Play, Original
Oct 06, 1913 - Oct 1913
Her Own Money
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Mark E. Swan
Sep 01, 1913 - Closing date unknown
Her First Divorce
Play, Original
Written by C. W. Bell
May 05, 1913 - May 1913
The Gentleman from Number 19
Play, Original
May 01, 1913 - May 1913
 
Collier's Comedy Theatre
The Poetasters of Ispahan
Play, Original
Written by Clifford Bax
Nov 29, 1912 - Nov 29, 1912
Beauty and the Jacobin
Play, Original
Written by Booth Tarkington
Nov 29, 1912 - Nov 29, 1912
Fanny's First Play
Play, Original
Sep 16, 1912 - Apr 1913
Bunty Pulls the Strings
Play, Original
Written by Graham Moffat
Oct 10, 1911 - Sep 1912
Speed
Play, Original
Written by Lee Wilson Dodd
Sep 09, 1911 - Sep 1911
The Dictator
Play, Revival, Farce
Apr 13, 1911 - May 1911
I'll Be Hanged If I Do
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 28, 1910 - Feb 1911
The Cub
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 01, 1910 - Nov 1910
Keeping Up Appearances
Play, Original
Written by Butler Davenport
Oct 19, 1910 - Oct 1910
The Family
Play, Original
Written by Robert H. Davis
Oct 11, 1910 - Oct 1910
The Little Damozel
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Monckton Hoffe
Sep 24, 1910 - Closing date unknown
The Marriage of a Star
Play, Original
Sep 05, 1910 - Closing date unknown
The Three Daughters of Monsieur Dupont
Play, Original
Apr 13, 1910 - May 1910
A Man's World
Play, Original
Written by Rachel Crothers
Feb 08, 1910 - Apr 1910
 
Comedy Theatre
The Watcher
Play, Original
Written by Cora Maynard
Jan 27, 1910 - Feb 1910
The Affinity
Play, Original
Jan 03, 1910 - Jan 1910
In the Long Run
Play, Original
Written by Archer Jones
Dec 03, 1909 - Dec 03, 1909
The Melting Pot
Play, Original
Written by Israel Zangwill
Sep 06, 1909 - Jan 1910