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Helen Hayes Theatre


240 W. 44th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 597

Ingalls & Hoffman, architects. Built by Winthrop Ames as a tiny, three hundred seat theatre. Redesigned by Herbert J. Krapp in the 1920s to increase seating capacity, acoustics, and profits. Sold to New York Times Company upon Ames' retirement in 1931. Used as lecture hall and, through the years, leased to CBS Radio, ABC TV (1959-1963), and Westinghouse Corporation (1965-1974). Later, returned to legit use. Renamed for Helen Hayes, the First Lady of the American Theatre, in 1983.

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

Built: 1912   

Theatre Names Named
Helen Hayes Theatre 1983     Named for Helen Hayes, Reopened July 12, 1983
Little Theatre 1965     Reopened March 22, 1965
Winthrop Ames Theatre 1964     Named for Winthrop Ames, manager. Reopened September 7, 1964
Little Theatre 1959     
New York Times Hall 1941     Conference hall (no shows)
Anne Nichols' Little Theatre 1936     Named for Anne Nichols,
Little Theatre 1912     Opened March 12, 1912
ProductionsProduction Dates
Rock of Ages
Musical, Original
Mar 24, 2011 - Jan 18, 2015
Colin Quinn: Long Story Short
Play, Original, Comedy, Solo
Written by Colin Quinn
Nov 09, 2010 - Mar 05, 2011
Next Fall
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Geoffrey Nauffts
Mar 11, 2010 - Jul 04, 2010
The 39 Steps
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 21, 2009 - Jan 10, 2010
Slava's Snowshow
Special, Original, Clowning
By arrangement with Ross Mollison, Gwenael Allan; Created and Staged by Slava Polunin
Dec 07, 2008 - Jan 04, 2009
Xanadu
Musical, Original, Fantasy
Jul 10, 2007 - Sep 28, 2008
Jay Johnson: The Two and Only
Play, Original, Puppets, Solo
Written by Jay Johnson
Sep 28, 2006 - Nov 26, 2006
Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway
Musical, Original, Comedy
Created and executed by Justin Bond, Kenny Mellman
Aug 15, 2006 - Sep 10, 2006
Bridge & Tunnel
Play, Original, Solo
Written by Sarah Jones
Jan 26, 2006 - Aug 06, 2006
Latinologues
Play, Original, Monologue
Created and written by Rick Najera
Oct 13, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005
Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed
Play, Original, Solo
Written by Jackie Mason
Mar 23, 2005 - Sep 04, 2005
Golda's Balcony
Play, Original, Solo, Drama
Written by William Gibson
Oct 15, 2003 - Jan 02, 2005
Say Goodnight Gracie
Play, Original, Solo, Comedy
Written by Rupert Holmes
Oct 10, 2002 - Aug 24, 2003
The Smell of the Kill
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Michele Lowe
Mar 26, 2002 - Apr 28, 2002
By Jeeves
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 28, 2001 - Dec 30, 2001
George Gershwin Alone
Play, Original, Play with music, Solo, One Act
Written by Hershey Felder
Apr 30, 2001 - Jul 22, 2001
Dirty Blonde
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Claudia Shear
May 01, 2000 - Mar 04, 2001
Squonk
Musical, Original, Concert, Fantasy, Puppets
Music by Jackie Dempsey; Image Book by Steve O'Hearn; Lyrics by Jana Losey
Feb 29, 2000 - Mar 26, 2000
Epic Proportions
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 07, 1999 - Dec 19, 1999
Night Must Fall
Play, Revival, Mystery
Written by Emlyn Williams
Apr 19, 1999 - Jun 27, 1999
Band in Berlin
Musical, Original, Revue
Mar 07, 1999 - Mar 21, 1999
Getting and Spending
Play, Original
Oct 25, 1998 - Nov 29, 1998
Colin Quinn -- An Irish Wake
Play, Original, Solo
Aug 27, 1998 - Sep 19, 1998
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Alfred Uhry
Feb 27, 1997 - Jun 28, 1998
Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
Written by Rob Becker
Mar 26, 1995 - Jan 04, 1997
The Flying Karamazov Brothers "Do The Impossible"
Special, Original
Nov 20, 1994 - Jan 01, 1995
Sally Marr...and her escorts
Play, Original
May 05, 1994 - Jun 19, 1994
Shakespeare for My Father
Play, Original, Solo
Written by Lynn Redgrave
Apr 26, 1993 - Jan 02, 1994
3 From Brooklyn
Special, Original
Nov 19, 1992 - Dec 27, 1992
The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club
Musical, Original, Revue
Apr 21, 1992 - May 02, 1992
Prelude to a Kiss
Play, Original, Romantic Comedy
Written by Craig Lucas
May 01, 1990 - May 19, 1991
Miss Margarida's Way
Play, Revival, Solo
Written by Roberto Athayde
Feb 15, 1990 - Feb 25, 1990
Artist Descending a Staircase
Play, Original
Written by Tom Stoppard
Nov 30, 1989 - Dec 31, 1989
Mandy Patinkin in Concert: "Dress Casual"
Special, Original, Concert, Solo
Jul 25, 1989 - Sep 16, 1989
Romance / Romance
Musical, Original
Music by Keith Herrmann; Book by Barry Harman; Lyrics by Barry Harman
May 01, 1988 - Jan 15, 1989
The Nerd
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Larry Shue
Mar 22, 1987 - Apr 10, 1988
Oh Coward!
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Noël Coward; Lyrics by Noël Coward
Nov 17, 1986 - Jan 03, 1987
Mummenschanz: "The New Show"
Special, Original, Mime, Masks
Jun 24, 1986 - Oct 26, 1986
Corpse!
Play, Original, Comedy, Thriller
Written by Gerald Moon
Jan 05, 1986 - Apr 20, 1986
The News
Musical, Original
Nov 07, 1985 - Nov 09, 1985
Little Theatre
Torch Song Trilogy
Play, Original
Written by Harvey Fierstein
Jun 10, 1982 - May 19, 1985
Solomon's Child
Play, Original
Written by Tom Dulack
Apr 08, 1982 - Apr 10, 1982
The Curse of an Aching Heart
Play, Original
Written by William Alfred
Jan 25, 1982 - Feb 21, 1982
Ned and Jack
Play, Original
Written by Sheldon Rosen
Nov 08, 1981 - Nov 08, 1981
Gemini
Play, Original
Written by Albert Innaurato
May 21, 1977 - Sep 06, 1981
A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Musical, Revival, Revue, Comedy
Mar 22, 1977 - Apr 30, 1977
Unexpected Guests
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 02, 1977 - Mar 06, 1977
The Runner Stumbles
Play, Original
Written by Milan Stitt
May 18, 1976 - Oct 30, 1978
Lamppost Reunion
Play, Original
Oct 16, 1975 - Dec 21, 1975
Man on the Moon
Musical, Original
Music by John Phillips; Book by John Phillips; Lyrics by John Phillips
Jan 29, 1975 - Feb 01, 1975
Medea and Jason
Play, Revival
Free adaptation of "Medea" by Eugenie Leontovich
Oct 02, 1974 - Oct 02, 1974
My Sister, My Sister
Play, Original
Written by Ray Aranha
Apr 30, 1974 - Aug 11, 1974
Winthrop Ames Theatre
The Subject Was Roses
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Frank D. Gilroy
Sep 03, 1964 - Mar 21, 1965
Little Theatre
Baby Want a Kiss
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by James Costigan
Apr 19, 1964 - Aug 22, 1964
Each Had Six Wings
Play, Original, Foreign Lang.
Written by Hanoch Bartov
Mar 11, 1964 - Mar 22, 1964
Children of the Shadows
Play, Original, Foreign Lang.
Written by Ben-Zio Tomer
Feb 26, 1964 - Mar 22, 1964
The Dybbuk
Play, Revival, Foreign Lang.
Music by I. Engel; Written by S. Ansky
Feb 03, 1964 - Mar 22, 1964
Double Dublin
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 26, 1963 - Dec 28, 1963
Tambourines to Glory
Play, Original, Play with music
Music by Jobe Huntley; Written by Langston Hughes; Lyrics by Langston Hughes
Nov 02, 1963 - Nov 23, 1963
Little Theatre
Twelfth Night
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 02, 1941 - Dec 13, 1941
Your Loving Son
Play, Original
Written by Abby Merchant
Apr 04, 1941 - Apr 05, 1941
Tanyard Street
Play, Original
Written by Louis D'Alton
Feb 04, 1941 - Feb 23, 1941
Reunion in New York
Musical, Original, Revue
Feb 21, 1940 - May 04, 1940
Ruth Draper
Special, Original, Sketches
Dec 26, 1938 - Jan 1939
Gloriana
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 25, 1938 - Nov 1938
The Hill Between
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Lula Vollmer
Mar 11, 1938 - Mar 1938
Love in a Coffee Cup
Musical, Original, Opera
Jan 11, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Peggy Perkins
Musical, Original, Opera
Jan 11, 1938 - Closing date unknown
The Token
Musical, Original, Opera
Jan 11, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Jack at the Opera
Musical, Original, Opera
Jan 11, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Colin and His Wife
Musical, Original, Opera
Music by Henry Purcell
Jan 11, 1938 - Closing date unknown
The Grenadier
Musical, Original, Opera
Jan 11, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Every Maid Her Own Mistress
Musical, Original, Opera
Libretto by G. B. Pergolesi
Jan 11, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Thomas and Sally
Musical, Original, Opera
Jan 04, 1938 - Closing date unknown
The Brickdust Man
Musical, Revival, Opera
Jan 04, 1938 - Closing date unknown
True Blue or The Press Gang
Musical, Revival, Opera
Jan 04, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Don Quixote
Musical, Revival, Opera
Music by Henry Purcell; Libretto by Francesca Allinson
Jan 04, 1938 - Closing date unknown
Edna His Wife
Play, Original, Solo
Dec 07, 1937 - Jan 1938
The Bough Breaks
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 19, 1937 - Nov 1937
Abie's Irish Rose
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Anne Nichols
May 12, 1937 - Jun 1937
Sun Kissed
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 10, 1937 - Mar 1937
Characters and Caricatures
Play, Original, Solo
Mar 01, 1937 - Closing date unknown
Be So Kindly
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Sara Sandberg
Feb 08, 1937 - Feb 1937
Promise
Play, Original, Drama
Written by H. M. Harwood
Dec 30, 1936 - Closing date unknown
Slightly Delirious
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 31, 1934 - Jan 1935
Continental Varieties
Musical, Original, Revue
"Caprice Viennois" and "La Guitana" by Fritz Kreisler; "Cordoba" by Isaac Albéniz; "Valse No. 6" by Frédéric Chopin; Music for ""Attends!" and "Parlez-moi d'amour" by Jean Lenoir; Music for "Les Gueuses" by Vincent Scotto; Music for "Moi, j'crache dans l'eau" by Jean Tranchant; Music for "Si petite" by Gaston Claret; Music for "Viens danser...," "D'amour en amour," "Je ne savais pas" & "Parlez-moi..." by Jean Delettre; Mr. Balieff's vocabulary by Irving Caesar; Lyrics for "D'amour en amour" by Leo Delievre; Lyrics for "Je ne savais pas" by Maurice Aubret; Lyrics for "Les Gueuses" by Vincent Scotto; Lyrics for "Moi, j'crache dans l'eau" by Jean Tranchant; Lyrics for "Parlez-moi d'amour" by Jean Lenoir; Lyrics for "Si petite" by Pierre Bayle-Silverman; Lyrics for "Viens danser quant-même" by Jamblan
Oct 03, 1934 - Nov 13, 1934
Kykunkor
Special, Original, Opera
Music by Asadata Dafora; Book by Asadata Dafora; Lyrics by Asadata Dafora
Jun 10, 1934 - Aug 04, 1934
The Lady from the Sea
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
May 01, 1934 - May 1934
One More Honeymoon
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Leo F. Reardon
Mar 31, 1934 - Apr 1934
Broomsticks, Amen!
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 09, 1934 - Mar 1934
False Dreams, Farewell
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 15, 1934 - Feb 1934
Our Stage and Stars
Special, Original, Sketches
Nov 11, 1933 - Nov 1933
The World Waits
Play, Original, Drama
Written by George F. Hummel
Oct 25, 1933 - Nov 1933
One Sunday Afternoon
Play, Original
Written by James Hagan
Feb 15, 1933 - Nov 1933
Two Strange Women
Play, Original
Written by Edwin B. Self
Jan 10, 1933 - Jan 1933
Honeymoon
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 23, 1932 - Jan 07, 1933
The Girl Outside
Play, Original
Oct 24, 1932 - Oct 1932
The Left Bank
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Elmer Rice
Oct 05, 1931 - May 1932
Mrs. Moonlight
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Benn W. Levy
Feb 16, 1931 - Jun 06, 1931
Life is Like That
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Jo Milward
Dec 22, 1930 - Jan 1931
Mr. Samuel
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Winthrop Ames
Nov 10, 1930 - Nov 1930
London Calling
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Geoffrey Kerr
Oct 18, 1930 - Oct 1930
The Traitor
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Charles H. Brown
May 02, 1930 - May 1930
Dora Mobridge
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 19, 1930 - Apr 1930
House Afire
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Mann Page
Mar 31, 1930 - Apr 1930
Many a Slip
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 03, 1930 - Mar 1930
Let Us Be Gay
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Rachel Crothers
Feb 19, 1929 - Dec 1929
House Unguarded
Play, Original
Jan 15, 1929 - Feb 1929
That Ferguson Family
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Howard Chenery
Dec 22, 1928 - Apr 1929
The Lady Lies
Play, Original
Written by John Meehan
Nov 26, 1928 - Dec 1928
Gods of the Lightning
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 24, 1928 - Nov 1928
Eva the Fifth
Play, Original
Aug 28, 1928 - Oct 1928
Married-and How!
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Ray Hodgdon
Jun 14, 1928 - Jul 1928
Box Seats
Play, Original
Written by Edward Massey
Apr 19, 1928 - May 1928
March Hares
Play, Revival, Satire
Apr 02, 1928 - Apr 1928
Spring 3100
Play, Original
Feb 15, 1928 - Mar 1928
La Gringa
Play, Original
Written by Tom Cushing
Feb 01, 1928 - Feb 1928
Trigger
Play, Original
Written by Lula Vollmer
Dec 06, 1927 - Jan 1928
If
Play, Original
Music by Edmond W. Rickett; Written by Lord Dunsany
Oct 25, 1927 - Nov 1927
Romancin' Round
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Oct 03, 1927 - Oct 1927
Lovers and Enemies
Play, Original, Comedy, Tragedy
Written by Artzybashell
Sep 20, 1927 - Sep 1927
Grand Street Follies [1927]
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Max Ewing; Book by Agnes Morgan; Lyrics by Agnes Morgan
May 31, 1927 - Sep 24, 1927
Seed of the Brute
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Knowles Entrikin
Nov 01, 1926 - Jan 1927
Two Girls Wanted
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 09, 1926 - Closing date unknown
The Wisdom Tooth
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Marc Connelly
Feb 15, 1926 - Jul 1926
The Love City
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Hans Bachwitz
Jan 25, 1926 - Mar 1926
The Master of the Inn
Play, Original
Dec 21, 1925 - Jan 1926
The School for Scandal
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 22, 1925 - Jan 1926
The Sea Woman
Play, Original
Aug 24, 1925 - Sep 1925
Don't Bother Mother
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 03, 1925 - Feb 1925
Pigs
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 01, 1924 - Jun 1925
Little Jessie James
Musical, Original, Farce, Comedy
Music by Harry Archer; Book by Harlan Thompson; Lyrics by Harlan Thompson
Jan 28, 1924 - Jul 19, 1924
Chicken Feed
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Guy Bolton
Sep 24, 1923 - Jan 1924
Polly Preferred
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Guy Bolton
Jan 11, 1923 - Jun 1923
Spite Corner
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Frank Craven
Sep 25, 1922 - Jan 1923
A Serpent's Tooth
Play, Original
Written by Arthur Richman
Aug 24, 1922 - Sep 1922
Michio Itow's Pin Wheel
Musical, Original, Revue
Jul 31, 1922 - Aug 12, 1922
The First Year
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Frank Craven
Oct 20, 1920 - Aug 1922
Marry the Poor Girl
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Written by Owen Davis
Sep 25, 1920 - Oct 1920
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Special, Revival, Puppets
May 18, 1920 - May 29, 1920
He and She
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Rachel Crothers
Feb 12, 1920 - Mar 1920
Mamma's Affair
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 19, 1920 - Apr 1920
Papa
Play, Original
Written by Zoe Akins
Apr 10, 1919 - Apr 1919
Please Get Married
Play, Original
Feb 10, 1919 - Closing date unknown
A Little Journey
Play, Original
Written by Rachel Crothers
Dec 26, 1918 - Closing date unknown
The Morris Dance
Play, Original
Feb 13, 1917 - Mar 1917
Pierrot the Prodigal
Special, Revival, Pantomime
Music by Andre Wormser; Written by Michel Carre
Nov 06, 1916 - Jan 27, 1917
Hush!
Play, Original
Written by Violet Pearn
Oct 03, 1916 - Nov 1916
A Pair of Silk Stockings
Play, Original
Written by Cyril Harcourt
Oct 20, 1914 - May 1915
The Truth
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Clyde Fitch
Apr 14, 1914 - Jun 1914
The Philanderer
Play, Original
Dec 30, 1913 - Mar 1914
Prunella
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 27, 1913 - Closing date unknown
Rutherford & Son
Play, Original
Dec 24, 1912 - Feb 1913
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Play, Original
Nov 07, 1912 - Closing date unknown
The Affairs of Anatol
Play, Revival
Oct 14, 1912 - Dec 1912
The Flower of the Palace of Han
Play, Original
Mar 19, 1912 - Apr 1912
The Terrible Meek
Play, Original
Mar 19, 1912 - Apr 1912
The Pigeon
Play, Original
Written by John Galsworthy
Mar 12, 1912 - May 1912