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David H. Koch Theater New York | Seating Chart, Tickets, Tips & More

An integral part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the David H. Koch Theater New York is a premier performance venue for ballet and other modern forms of dance. The theater is located at the Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street intersection and occupies the south side of the Lincoln Center main plaza, opposite David Geffen Hall. Originally named the New York State Theater, this glorious performance venue was constructed with funds from the State of New York during the 1964-1965 World's Fair as a part of the city's cultural participation. Post the completion of the fair, the ownership of the theater was transferred from the State to the City of New York. In 2008, philanthropist David H. Koch pledged upwards of $100 million for the next 10 year to renovate and maintain the theater. At the New York City Ballet Winter gala of the same year, the theater was officially renamed in honor of David H. Koch. The theater was designed by architect Philip Johnson and was later renovated by JCJ Architecture with Schuler Shook as theater consultants.

The lobby areas of the David H. Koch Theater showcase works of modern art by renowned artists such as Lee Bontecou, Reuben Nakian and Jasper Johns. Since its inception in 1964, the theater has been home to the New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Festival, American Ballet Theatre's Fall season, Mostly Mozart Festival and a host of other dance companies. In the mid 60s, Richard Rodgers also revived many popular musicals at this theater. If you're planning on watching a performance at this prestigious performance venue, our seating chart guide for David H. Koch Theater New York has all the information you need.

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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
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upto 11% off
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$122 $117
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Stravinsky & Balanchine
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$120
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All Balanchine
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$120
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New Combinations
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$120
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Balanchine + Peck
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$120
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Classic NYCB I
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$120
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Swan Lake
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$120
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Classic NYCB II
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$120
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21st Century Choreographers I
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$120
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21st Century Choreographers II
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$120

Venue Details


Address: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, United States

Opened: 1964

Seating Capacity: 2,586

Seating Chart
Check out the David H. Koch Theater Seating Chart here.

Popular Shows at David H. Koch Theater New York


  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker: Come the holiday season and the New York Ballet company puts together their annual performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Featuring 90 dancers, 40 stagehands, over 125 children and 62 musicians, The Nutcracker is a magical and captivating experience which is perfect for families during the holiday season. This elaborate musical recounts the story of a brave girl who turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and sly mice! The iconic ballet features music by Tschaikovsky, choreography by Balanchine, costumes by Karinska and stunning sets by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. There really isn't a ballet quite like Balanchine's The Nutcracker both in scale and production quality!
    Dates: Nov 2019 - Jan 2020
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  • Stravinsky & Balanchine: Widely lauded as the most fruitful pairings of the 20th century, the collaboration of Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine is always a delight. Amongst the different operas presented under the Stravinsky & Balanchine category, Danses Concertantes is the most different from their other work and features tart humor and bright costumes. Monumentum pro Gesualdo and Movements for Piano and Orchestra have been performed together for over 50 years now and are perfect together. Finally, Stravinsky Violin Concerto is amongst the most celebrated dances Balanchine created to Stravinsky's music.
    Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
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  • All Balanchine: Each and every work of art by Balanchine masterfully demonstrates the beautiful variety of his imagination. In Allegro Brillante, he dazzles with classic ballet choreography, all in thirteen minutes. The fun and frolicsome La Source is performed to music from the French composer Delibes. The program ends with Firebird, a dance drama based on a Russian folk tale with unique designs by Marc Chagall and music by Stravinsky.
    Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
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  • New Combinations: If you're looking for newer works of opera at the David H. Koch Theater, this program is tailor-made for you. The company constantly commissions new works of build a repertoire of contemporary ballet. Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia, which premiered in 2001, opens this set. Alongside this modern classic, you'll get to watch 2019's Bright by Justin Peck. The world premiere of a new opera by Alexei Ratmansky will close this three-in-one program!
    Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
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  • Balanchine + Peck: A beautiful medley of dances from resident choreographer Justin Peck and the master himself, Balanchine, is the highlight of this set. In Creases, which was the first ballet Peck created for the New York Ballet company, witness a truly ensemble work rich in geometric patterning, set to music by Philip Glass. Belles-Lettres, the only ballet set to music by Belgian composer Cesar Frank, is also a part of this program. Closing the set is Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet which evokes the grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
    Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
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  • Classic NYCB I: In honor of American choreographer Paul Taylor, who passed away in 2018, the New York Ballet company will present Balanchine's Episodes and incorporate the dance solo which was originally performed by Taylor. Making a return to the stage after an absence of almost 20 years is Balanchine's Haieff Divertimento, which was originally created in 1947 and features five couples. Added to this eccentric selection of ballets are Concertino and Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes.
    Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
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  • Swan Lake: Swan Lake, with music by Tschaikovsky, is perhaps the most famous amongst all the classical ballets. This mythical tale of loss and love is beautiful, raw and remarkably poignant. With staging by Peter Martins which pays homage to the original choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Pepita, and the one-act distillation of the performance created by Balanchine, Swan Lake is packed to the brim with a sweeping romantic environment and shades of modernism.
    Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
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  • Classic NYCB II: Another performance dedicated to showcasing the masterful work of resident choreographer Justin Peck where he creates a dance set to a score by legendary American musician Nico Muhly. Before this world premiere, you'll get to witness Jerome Robbins' charming In G Major. Also part of the program is DGV: Danse a Grande Vitesse, an intricate dance performed by a cast of 25, created by Christopher Weeldon.
    Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
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To view the complete list of shows, click here.
Broadway Show Tickets
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
New Arrival
upto 11% off
from
$122 $117
Broadway Show Tickets
Stravinsky & Balanchine
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
All Balanchine
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
New Combinations
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
Balanchine + Peck
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
Classic NYCB I
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
Swan Lake
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
Classic NYCB II
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
21st Century Choreographers I
from
$120
Broadway Show Tickets
21st Century Choreographers II
from
$120

Practical Information


Section Accessibility

Entry: For patrons with limited mobility, the drop-off location with the least number of stairs is at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street under the canopy next to the sidewalk. From here, a ramp connects directly to the theater's lobby where you'll get an elevator to the auditorium. Another accessible drop-off location is at north-south drive between 62nd and 65th streets.

Wheelchair Accessible Elevator: A wheelchair accessible elevator is located to the right of the box office window in the lobby for patrons with limited mobility. This elevator connects from the lobby to the orchestra level of the theatre. On the orchestra level, there are additional elevators on both sides of the theatre which allow access to all other levels of the house.

Seating: Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the orchestra, the first ring and the fourth ring. When booking your tickets, specify that you'll need wheelchair accessible seating. If the wheelchair accessible seats are sold out at the time of your booking, the theatre staff will do their best to accommodate your needs.

Available Facilities

Restroom: Accessible restrooms are available on all the levels of the David H. Koch Theater.

Bar: The David H. Koch Theater is home to the recently inaugurated champagne bar, the Ruinart Champagne Bar. The bar is located in the lobby and will be available for all patrons.

Binoculars: Opera glasses are available for rent for a fee of $5. You can rent the glasses at the coat-check section on the orchestra level. You'll need to either deposit $80 as a security deposit or present your credit card to rent the binoculars.

Water Fountain: Recessed water fountains are available in all levels of the theatre. Water cups are available next to the water fountain as well.

Assisted Listening Device: For patrons with limited hearing, infrared headsets are available for rent at the orchestra level. Please note that only a limited set of headsets are available and you'll need to provide a valid photo ID or credit card to rent the headset.

Handy Tips


  • If you're getting seats in the third or fourth rings, don't fret. Sitting high up for a ballet allows you to get the full structural scope of the performance. In fact, for ballets, you wouldn't want to sit too close to the stage for fear of missing too much at the stage or seeing too much, depending on the performance!
  • If you're planning to watch a ballet at the David H. Koch Theater, plan your day so that you have some time to explore the iconic Lincoln Center as well. There are guided tours of the performance venue as well which you can undertake to learn more about the creation and history of one of the most revered performance spaces in the world.
  • New York Ballet company organizes many shows annually and most of the shows are extremely popular with both locals and tourists. If you're planning to watch a ballet performance at the David H. Koch Theater, book your tickets well in advance since tickets tend to sell out pretty fast.
  • Arrive at the theatre at least thirty minutes before your show begins. This will give you some time to explore the David H. Koch Theater and revel in its modernistic beauty. Arriving early also ensures you don't miss a part of the show since coat check and locating your seat will take some time.
  • Avoid seats in the fifth ring since these are on the extreme ends of the theatre and don't offer a good view of the stage. Also, you might hurt your neck by constantly turning it to look at the stage by sitting at the fifth ring seats.

Getting There


The David H. Koch Theater is located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, which is one of the most popular areas in New York City. You can either take the bus or subway to the Lincoln Center. Here's how:

Subway: From Penn Station: Take the uptown 1 local train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center station.
From Grand Central Station: Take the S or 7 train west to Times Square-42nd Street. Transfer to the uptown 1 train to the Lincoln Center/66th Street station.

Bus: Bus lines M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 all stop within walking distance from the Lincoln Center.

Parking Spots: There's on campus parking at the Lincoln Center Quick Park Self Park Garage. Off-campus parking is available at Time Warner Center Valet Parking Garage.

Restaurants near David H. Koch Theater New York


1. Rosa Mexicano: This modern Mexican chain eatery is known for its tableside guacamole, chic surroundings, and creative selection of margaritas.

2. Tavern On The Green: An iconic Central Park highlight which has been restored to its former glory features classic American fare with garden seating available.

3. Masseria dei ViniThis fine dining restaurant serves dishes from Puglia, including seafood, crudi and pastas and a great selection of Italian wines.

4. Jean-Georges: Visit this sophisticated New French eatery which boasts floor to ceiling windows overlooking stunning views of Central Park.

5. Per Se: Enjoy spectacular views of Central Park at Chef Thomas Keller's New American restaurant which offers luxe fixed price menus.

6. Aba: Enjoy a taste of Turkey, along with other Mediterranean options, at this traditional spot which is equipped with a patio.

Check out our Theatre District restaurants guide for even more fantastic dining options in and around Broadway district.

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