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August Wilson Theatre


245 W. 52nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1228

C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim, architects. Built by the Theatre Guild after they outgrew the Garrick, but the new house proved unsatisfactory. They leased it to the WOR Mutual Network for use as a radio station in 1943. In 1950, the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) purchased the theatre. They remained there until 1981, when Jujamcyn bought the venue and named it the Virginia, then renamed it for playwright August Wilson in 2005.

To learn more about the history of the August Wilson Theatre, see the Spotlight on Broadway's video on the August Wilson Theatre.

Built: 1925   

Theatre Names Named
August Wilson Theatre 2005     Named for August Wilson, on October 16, 2005.
Virginia Theatre 1981     Named for Virginia Binger, member of the Jujamcyn Board. Reopened June 27, 1982
American Academy of Dramatic Arts 1953     Leased to AADA for 2 years
ANTA Playhouse 1950     a.k.a. ANTA Theatre. Reopened March 31, 1950
WOR Mutual Radio 1943     radio
Guild Theatre 1925     Named for Theatre Guild, Inc., Opened April 13, 1925
ProductionsProduction Dates
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Nov 06, 2005 - Present
Virginia Theatre
Little Women
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Howland; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Jan 23, 2005 - May 22, 2005
Little Shop of Horrors
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Oct 02, 2003 - Aug 22, 2004
Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
Written by Bill Maher
May 05, 2003 - May 18, 2003
Flower Drum Song
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 17, 2002 - Mar 16, 2003
The Crucible
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Arthur Miller
Mar 07, 2002 - Jun 09, 2002
King Hedley II
Play, Original, Drama
Written by August Wilson
May 01, 2001 - Jul 01, 2001
Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Play, Revival
Written by Gore Vidal
Sep 17, 2000 - Dec 31, 2000
The Wild Party
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 13, 2000 - Jun 11, 2000
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Mar 02, 1995 - Jan 16, 2000
My Fair Lady
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Dec 09, 1993 - May 01, 1994
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Apr 26, 1992 - Sep 05, 1993
City of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Dec 11, 1989 - Jan 19, 1992
Shenandoah
Musical, Revival
Aug 08, 1989 - Sep 02, 1989
Run for Your Wife
Play, Original
Written by Ray Cooney
Mar 07, 1989 - Apr 09, 1989
Carrie
Musical, Original
Music by Michael Gore; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
May 12, 1988 - May 15, 1988
The Mikado
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Apr 02, 1987 - May 03, 1987
Wild Honey
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Michael Frayn
Dec 18, 1986 - Jan 11, 1987
Execution of Justice
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Emily Mann
Mar 13, 1986 - Mar 22, 1986
On Your Toes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Mar 06, 1983 - May 20, 1984
Alice in Wonderland
Play, Revival, Fantasy, Play with music
Adapted for the stage by Eva Le Gallienne, Florida Friebus
Dec 23, 1982 - Jan 09, 1983
Play Me a Country Song
Musical, Original
Jun 27, 1982 - Jun 27, 1982
ANTA Playhouse
Oh, Brother!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Michael Valenti; *Book by Donald Driver; Lyrics by Donald Driver
Nov 10, 1981 - Nov 11, 1981
Annie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Sep 16, 1981 - Oct 24, 1981
Copperfield
Musical, Original
Apr 13, 1981 - Apr 26, 1981
The Stitch in Time
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Marc Connelly
Never Officially Opened - Jan 06, 1981
The Suicide
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Nikolai Erdman
Oct 09, 1980 - Nov 30, 1980
Heartaches of a Pussycat
Play, Original
Mar 19, 1980 - Mar 23, 1980
Night and Day
Play, Original
Written by Tom Stoppard
Nov 27, 1979 - Feb 16, 1980
Whoopee!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Feb 14, 1979 - Aug 12, 1979
First Monday in October
Play, Original
Nov 14, 1978 - Dec 09, 1978
A History of the American Film
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Mel Marvin; Book by Christopher Durang; Lyrics by Christopher Durang
Mar 30, 1978 - Apr 16, 1978
Bubbling Brown Sugar
Musical, Original, Revue
Mar 02, 1976 - Dec 31, 1977
Summer Brave
Play, Original, Comedy
The revised version of the Pulitzer-Prize winning comedy "Picnic" by William Inge
Oct 26, 1975 - Nov 09, 1975
A Letter for Queen Victoria
Musical, Original
Music by Alan Lloyd; Book by Robert Wilson; Lyrics by Alan Lloyd
Mar 22, 1975 - Apr 06, 1975
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Play, Revival, Drama
Sep 24, 1974 - Feb 08, 1975
Full Circle
Play, Revival
Nov 07, 1973 - Nov 24, 1973
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
Play, Original
Written by James Prideaux
Dec 12, 1972 - Feb 04, 1973
Different Times
Musical, Original
Music by Michael Brown; Book by Michael Brown; Lyrics by Michael Brown
May 01, 1972 - May 20, 1972
The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks
Play, Original
Written by Romulus Linney
Feb 09, 1972 - Feb 12, 1972
Purlie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 15, 1971 - Nov 06, 1971
Othello
Play, Revival, Drama, Tragedy
Sep 14, 1970 - Sep 26, 1970
Wilson in the Promise Land
Play, Original
Written by Roland van Zandt
May 26, 1970 - May 30, 1970
The Cherry Orchard
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Anton Chekhov
May 06, 1970 - May 09, 1970
Harvey
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Mary Chase
Feb 24, 1970 - May 02, 1970
Gloria and Esperanza
Play, Original
Written by Julie Bovasso
Feb 04, 1970 - Feb 14, 1970
Criss-Crossing
Play, Original
Written by Philip Magdalany
Jan 21, 1970 - Jan 24, 1970
Watercolor
Play, Original
Written by Philip Magdalany
Jan 21, 1970 - Jan 24, 1970
Sganarelle
Play, Revival, Pantomime, Sign Language
Written by Molière
Jan 12, 1970 - Jan 17, 1970
Songs From Milk Wood
Play, Original, Pantomime, Sign Language
Written by Molière
Jan 12, 1970 - Jan 17, 1970
No Place to Be Somebody
Play, Original
Written by Charles Gordone
Dec 30, 1969 - Jan 10, 1970
Our Town
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Thornton Wilder
Nov 27, 1969 - Dec 27, 1969
King Henry V
Play, Revival, History
Nov 10, 1969 - Nov 22, 1969
The Three Sisters
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
Oct 09, 1969 - Oct 25, 1969
A Flea in Her Ear
Play, Revival, Farce
Written by Georges Feydeau
Oct 03, 1969 - Oct 25, 1969
Tiny Alice
Play, Revival
Written by Edward Albee
Sep 29, 1969 - Oct 25, 1969
A Teaspoon Every Four Hours
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 14, 1969 - Jun 14, 1969
A Way of Life
Play, Original
Written by Murray Schisgal
Never Officially Opened - Feb 01, 1969
Maggie Flynn
Musical, Original
Oct 23, 1968 - Jan 05, 1969
Spofford
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Herman Shumlin
Dec 14, 1967 - Jun 08, 1968
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
Play, Original
Nov 05, 1967 - Nov 11, 1967
Song of the Grasshopper
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Alfonso Paso
Sep 28, 1967 - Sep 30, 1967
Fumed Oak
Play, Revival, Comedy, One Act
Written by Noël Coward
May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967
Still Life
Play, Revival, One Act
Written by Noël Coward
May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967
Ways and Means
Play, Revival, Comedy, One Act
Written by Noël Coward
May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967
A Touch of the Poet
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Eugene O'Neill
May 02, 1967 - May 13, 1967
The Imaginary Invalid
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Molière
May 01, 1967 - May 13, 1967
Of Love Remembered
Play, Original
Written by Arnold Sundgaard
Feb 18, 1967 - Feb 25, 1967
Those That Play the Clowns
Play, Original
Written by Michael Stewart
Nov 24, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966
Manuela Vargas
Special, Original
"Andalucia Gitana" Script and Adapation: Antonio R. Buzon, Rafael Montero
Sep 26, 1966 - Oct 08, 1966
The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Play, Original
Written by Peter Shaffer
Oct 26, 1965 - Jun 11, 1966
The Owl and the Pussycat
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Bill Manhoff
Nov 18, 1964 - Sep 25, 1965
Traveller Without Luggage
Play, Original
Written by Jean Anouilh
Sep 17, 1964 - Oct 24, 1964
Blues for Mister Charlie
Play, Original
Written by James Baldwin
Apr 23, 1964 - Aug 29, 1964
Marathon '33
Play, Original
Written by June Havoc
Dec 22, 1963 - Feb 01, 1964
The Advocate
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Robert Noah
Oct 14, 1963 - Oct 19, 1963
A Man for All Seasons
Play, Original
Written by Robert Bolt
Nov 22, 1961 - Jun 01, 1963
The Garden of Sweets
Play, Original
Music by John Balamos; Written by Waldemar Hansen
Oct 31, 1961 - Oct 31, 1961
Afternoon of a Faun
Special, Revival, Ballet
"Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune" by Claude Debussy; Music by Frédéric Chopin, Robert Prince
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961
Moves
Special, Original, Ballet
"Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune" by Claude Debussy; Music by Frédéric Chopin, Robert Prince
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961
New York Export: Opus Jazz
Special, Revival, Ballet
"Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune" by Claude Debussy; Music by Frédéric Chopin, Robert Prince
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961
The Concert
Special, Revival, Ballet
"Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune" by Claude Debussy; Music by Frédéric Chopin, Robert Prince
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961
Big Fish, Little Fish
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Hugh Wheeler
Mar 15, 1961 - Jun 10, 1961
The Conquering Hero
Musical, Original
Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Jan 16, 1961 - Jan 21, 1961
A Thurber Carnival
Play, Original, Revue
Written by James Thurber
Feb 26, 1960 - Nov 26, 1960
The Fighting Cock
Play, Original
Written by Jean Anouilh
Dec 08, 1959 - Feb 20, 1960
J.B.
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 11, 1958 - Oct 24, 1959
Say, Darling
Play, Original, Comedy, Play with music
Apr 03, 1958 - Dec 06, 1958
Interlock
Play, Original
Written by Ira Levin
Feb 06, 1958 - Feb 08, 1958
A Shadow of My Enemy
Play, Original
Music by Seymour Barab; Written by Sol Stein
Dec 11, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957
Middle of the Night
Play, Original
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Feb 08, 1956 - May 25, 1957
The Great Sebastians
Play, Original, Melodrama, Comedy
Jan 04, 1956 - Feb 04, 1956
The Young and Beautiful
Play, Original
Written by Sally Benson
Nov 07, 1955 - Nov 26, 1955
A Day By The Sea
Play, Original
Written by N. C. Hunter
Sep 26, 1955 - Oct 15, 1955
The Skin of Our Teeth
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Thornton Wilder
Aug 17, 1955 - Sep 03, 1955
Seventh Heaven
Musical, Original
May 26, 1955 - Jul 02, 1955
The Dark Is Light Enough
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Christopher Fry
Feb 23, 1955 - Apr 23, 1955
Portrait of a Lady
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 21, 1954 - Dec 25, 1954
Golden Boy
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Clifford Odets
Mar 12, 1952 - Apr 06, 1952
Angna Enters
Special, Revival, Dance
Mar 01, 1952 - Closing date unknown
Desire Under the Elms
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Jan 16, 1952 - Feb 23, 1952
Getting Married
Play, Revival, Comedy
May 13, 1951 - May 20, 1951
The Little Blue Light
Play, Original
Written by Edmund Wilson
Apr 29, 1951 - May 12, 1951
Night Music
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Clifford Odets
Apr 08, 1951 - Apr 14, 1951
The School for Wives
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Molière
Mar 18, 1951 - Apr 03, 1951
L'Ecole Des Femmes
Play, Original, Comedy
Music by Vittorio Rieti; Written by Molière
Mar 18, 1951 - Apr 03, 1951
Mary Rose
Play, Revival
Written by James M. Barrie
Mar 04, 1951 - Mar 16, 1951
Peer Gynt
Play, Revival
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Jan 28, 1951 - Feb 24, 1951
The House of Bernarda Alba
Play, Original
Jan 07, 1951 - Jan 20, 1951
Twentieth Century
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 24, 1950 - Jan 07, 1951
The Cellar and the Well
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Phillip Pruneau
Dec 10, 1950 - Dec 17, 1950
The Tower Beyond Tragedy
Play, Original
Written by Robinson Jeffers
Nov 26, 1950 - Dec 22, 1950
Guild Theatre
The Russian People
Play, Original
Dec 29, 1942 - Jan 31, 1943
Mr. Sycamore
Play, Original
Written by Ketti Frings
Nov 13, 1942 - Nov 28, 1942
Yesterday's Magic
Play, Original
Written by Emlyn Williams
Apr 14, 1942 - May 30, 1942
Papa Is All
Play, Original
Written by Patterson Greene
Jan 06, 1942 - Feb 28, 1942
Le Meri and Natya Dancers
Special, Original, Dance
Dec 01, 1941 - Closing date unknown
Hope for a Harvest
Play, Original
Written by Sophie Treadwell
Nov 26, 1941 - Dec 27, 1941
Ah, Wilderness!
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Oct 02, 1941 - Oct 25, 1941
Flight to the West
Play, Original
Written by Elmer Rice
Dec 30, 1940 - Mar 02, 1941
Every Man for Himself
Play, Original
Written by Milton Lazarus
Dec 09, 1940 - Dec 11, 1940
Quiet, Please!
Play, Original
Nov 08, 1940 - Nov 21, 1940
The World We Make
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Sidney Kingsley
Nov 20, 1939 - Jan 27, 1940
My Heart's in the Highlands
Play, Original
Music by Paul Bowles; Written by William Saroyan
Apr 13, 1939 - May 1939
Dorothy Crawford
Special, Original, Sketches
Written by Dorothy Crawford
Mar 12, 1939 - Closing date unknown
Jeremiah
Play, Original
Music by Chemjo Vinaver; Written by Stefan Zweig
Feb 03, 1939 - Mar 1939
The Merchant of Yonkers
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Thornton Wilder
Dec 28, 1938 - Jan 1939
Ringside Seat
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Leonard Ide
Nov 22, 1938 - Nov 1938
I Have Been Here Before
Play, Original, Drama, Mystery
Written by J.B. Priestley
Oct 13, 1938 - Oct 1938
Washington Jitters
Play, Original, Comedy
May 02, 1938 - May 1938
Wine of Choice
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by S. N. Behrman
Feb 21, 1938 - Mar 1938
The Ghost of Yankee Doodle
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Sidney Howard
Nov 22, 1937 - Jan 1938
To Quito and Back
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Ben Hecht
Oct 06, 1937 - Dec 1937
Storm Over Patsy
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Bruno Frank
Mar 08, 1937 - Apr 1937
But For the Grace of God
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Leopold L. Atlas
Jan 12, 1937 - Closing date unknown
The Miner's Wife
Play, Original, Solo
Dec 01, 1936 - Dec 1936
In County Kerry
Play, Original, Solo
Dec 01, 1936 - Dec 1936
In a Church in Italy
Play, Original, Solo
Dec 01, 1936 - Dec 1936
Love in the Balkans
Play, Original, Solo
Dec 01, 1936 - Dec 1936
Prelude to Exile
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 30, 1936 - Jan 1937
And Stars Remain
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 12, 1936 - Nov 1936
End of Summer
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by S. N. Behrman
Feb 17, 1936 - Jun 1936
The Taming of the Shrew
Play, Revival, Comedy
Sep 30, 1935 - Jan 1936
Parade
Musical, Original, Revue, Satire
May 20, 1935 - Jun 22, 1935
The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles
Play, Original, Fantasy
Feb 18, 1935 - Mar 1935
Valley Forge
Play, Original, Drama, History
Written by Maxwell Anderson
Dec 10, 1934 - Jan 1935
A Sleeping Clergyman
Play, Original
Written by James Bridie
Oct 08, 1934 - Nov 1934
Ah, Wilderness!
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Oct 02, 1933 - Jun 1934
Both Your Houses
Play, Original, Drama
Jun 11, 1933 - Closing date unknown
The Mask and the Face
Play, Revival, Comedy
May 08, 1933 - Jun 1933
American Dream
Play, Original, Drama
Written by George O'Neil
Feb 21, 1933 - Mar 1933
La Nativite
Play, Original
Feb 05, 1933 - Feb 1933
The Miraculous Birth and the Midwives
Play, Original
Feb 05, 1933 - Feb 1933
Les Trois Rois
Play, Original
Feb 05, 1933 - Feb 1933
Les Trois Maries
Play, Original
Feb 05, 1933 - Feb 1933
The Lamentation of the Virgin Mary
Play, Original
Feb 05, 1933 - Feb 1933
The Magdalen
Play, Original
Feb 05, 1933 - Feb 1933
Biography
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by S. N. Behrman
Dec 12, 1932 - Aug 1933
The Good Earth
Play, Original
Oct 17, 1932 - Dec 1932
Too True to Be Good
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 04, 1932 - May 1932
The Moon in the Yellow River
Play, Original
Written by Denis Johnston
Feb 29, 1932 - Apr 1932
Mourning Becomes Electra
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Oct 26, 1931 - Mar 1932
He
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Alfred Savoir
Sep 21, 1931 - Oct 1931
The Way of the World
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by William Congreve
Jun 01, 1931 - Jun 08, 1931
Getting Married
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 30, 1931 - May 1931
Green Grow the Lilacs
Play, Original, Play with music
Written by Lynn Riggs
Jan 26, 1931 - Mar 21, 1931
Midnight
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 29, 1930 - Jan 24, 1931
Elizabeth the Queen
Play, Original, Drama, History
Written by Maxwell Anderson
Nov 03, 1930 - Mar 1931
Garrick Gaieties
Musical, Original, Revue
Oct 16, 1930 - Oct 1930
Garrick Gaieties
Musical, Revival, Revue
Jun 04, 1930 - Oct 08, 1930
Meteor
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by S. N. Behrman
Dec 23, 1929 - Mar 1930
The Game of Love and Death
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Romain Rolland
Nov 25, 1929 - Jan 1930
Karl and Anna
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Leonhard Frank
Oct 07, 1929 - Nov 1929
Caprice
Play, Original
Written by Sil-Vara
Dec 31, 1928 - Jun 1929
Major Barbara
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 19, 1928 - Jan 1929
Faust
Play, Revival
Music by Wolfgang Zeller; Written by Goethe
Oct 08, 1928 - Nov 1928
Volpone
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Ben Jonson
Apr 09, 1928 - May 1928
Marco Millions
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Jan 09, 1928 - Mar 1928
The Doctor's Dilemma
Play, Revival
Nov 21, 1927 - Mar 1928
Porgy
Play, Original
Oct 10, 1927 - Aug 1928
The Second Man
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by S. N. Behrman
Apr 11, 1927 - Sep 1927
Right You Are If You Think You Are
Play, Original
Written by Luigi Pirandello
Mar 02, 1927 - Apr 1927
The Brothers Karamazov
Play, Original
Jan 03, 1927 - Feb 1927
Pygmalion
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 15, 1926 - Mar 1927
Juarez and Maximilian
Play, Original, Drama, History
Written by Franz Werfel
Oct 11, 1926 - Nov 1926
Garrick Gaieties
Musical, Revival, Revue
Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
May 10, 1926 - Oct 09, 1926
At Mrs. Beam's
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by C. K. Munro
Apr 26, 1926 - Nov 1926
The Chief Thing
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Nikolai Evreinov
Mar 22, 1926 - Apr 1926
Little Eyolf
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Feb 02, 1926 - Feb 1926
The Goat Song
Play, Original
Written by Franz Werfel
Jan 25, 1926 - Mar 1926
Merchants of Glory
Play, Original
Dec 14, 1925 - Jan 1926
The Glass Slipper
Play, Original
Written by Ferenc Molnár
Oct 19, 1925 - Dec 1925
Arms and the Man
Play, Revival, Comedy
Sep 14, 1925 - Feb 1926
Caesar and Cleopatra
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 13, 1925 - May 1925
Special EventsProduction Dates
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Special, Revival, Benefit, Comedy, Concert
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Oct 16, 2006 - Oct 16, 2006