The Ethel Barrymore Theatre, often shortened for Barrymore Theatre, is located at 243 West 47th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan. Named in the memory of acclaimed actress Ethel Barrymore, this theatre one of the most popular in the Broadway community. Incidentally, it’s the only surviving theatre of the many the Shuberts built for performers who were affiliated with them. Unlike many of the older theatres that have been used for a variety of purposes throughout the years, Barrymore Theatre has been used continuously as a legitimate house. The theatre opened on December 20, 1928, with The Kingdom of God, a play that was specially selected by leading lady Ethel Barrymore. Post that, Barrymore Theater has hosted some iconic productions including Death Takes a Holiday, A Streetcar Named Desire, Critic's Choice, Don't Play Us Cheap, Hurlyburly, Lettice and Lovage, Imaginary Friends, The Glass Menagerie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Six Degrees of Separation.
On October 2017 Ethel Barrymore Theatre hosted a spirited production of The Band’s Visit. The musical follows an Egyptian Police Band that gets lost in a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert and connects with the locals in unexpected ways. The critically acclaimed musical celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.
Want to watch The Band's Visit from the best seats? Our Ethel Barrymore Theatre seating chart has all the information you could possibly need. Also, here’s a handy link to the seat availability and real time prices for different seats/dates for The Band's Visit on Headout.
Address: 2243 West 47th Street, Between Broadway and 8th Avenue, NY 10036 USA
Seating Capacity: 1368
Front Mezzanine : 196
Rear Mezzanine: 256
Boxes : 24
Check out the Ethel Barrymore Theatre Seating Chart here.
Playing At The Ethel Barrymore Theatre
The Band's Visit
“The Band’s Visit’ Is a Ravishing Musical That Whispers With Romance”
– The New York Times
“The set’s a bit grander and the music sounds richer, but success hasn’t spoiled this embraceable musical fable about the surprising friendships that bloom in the middle of a political desert. In this Broadway transfer of an Off Broadway hit, human error sends an Egyptian military band to a depressed Israeli outpost in a desert wasteland — and human connections bring Arabs and Israelis together on common ground.”
Based on an Israeli film, The Band’s Visit makes its Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, after a critically-acclaimed run Off-Broadway. Winner of the Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, this incredible heartwarming musical is not to be missed!
The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra from Egypt is sent to Israel to play in a concert in Petah Tikvah. However, due to a mixup at the border, the band is sent to a faraway village, Bet Hatikva, in the middle of the desert. With no hotels around, and no bus to take them away until the next morning, the members of the band are left stranded. That is, until the locals take them in for the night, splitting them up between the residents. What follows is a memorable night, where the lives of both the band members and the townsfolk are intertwined, never to be the same again.
Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq
Katrina Lenk as Dina
George Abud as Camal
Adam Kantor as Telephone Guy
Tuesday & Thursday: 7 PM
Wednesday: 2 PM & 7 PM
Friday: 8 PM
Saturday 2 Pm & 8 PM
Sunday: 3 PM
These timings may be subject to change during the holiday period. Click here to check out the real-time seat availability and pricing for the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
1 hours and 30 minutes, without intermission
Orchestra: Seating is in the orchestra sections is accessible without taking any stairs or surprise steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the orchestra level only.
Mezzanine: 3 flights of stairs up 30 steps. Please note, once on the mezzanine level there are approximately 2 steps per row. The entrance to mezzanine is behind row E of the Front mezzanine. Handrails are available at the end of every stepped seat row in the mezzani
Restroom: There is 1 (unisex) wheelchair accessible restroom located on the main floor with no steps. Non-accessible restrooms are located down 2 flights of steps (20 steps.)
Pay Phone:Located in the Lobby (Accessible at 54" with utility outler).
Water Fountain: Located at the Ticket Lobby, accessible at 36"
Elevator: The theatre doesn’t have any elevators or escalators.
- Since Ethel Barrymore is a small theatre, the seats are pretty close together, and it can get cramped, especially in the balcony section. Pick your seats accordingly.
- The check-in and check-out process at Barrymore Theater takes longer than usual since the entrance is small. Reach the venue at least 45 minutes before the performance begins so that can you check-in on time and avoid missing the beginning of the show.
- The use of cameras, recording devices, cell phones, beepers, and other electronic devices during the performance is prohibited. Please note that latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.
- The balcony is okay for watching musicals, but difficult for play where facial expressions are important. Pick your seats depending on the type of show you’re watching.
- The Band’s Visit is 1 hours and 30 minutes long without any intermission break. Please visit the restroom before or after the performance.
- Hearing assistance is available for patrons with a hearing impairment. Please contact the staff for further assistance.
If you’re travelling in your car, there are numerous paid parking spots close to the Barrymore Theatre Some of the popular ones include LAZ Parking, Edison ParkFest, Bright Management, and Impark.
There’s nothing like taking the subway to Broadway! There are many buses and metro trains you can take to reach the Ethel Barrymore Theatere. Buses plying to Theatre District are M104, M42, M6, M10, and M27/50. If travelling by subway is more your thing, you can take the 1, 9, C or E train to 50th Street or the N or R train to 49th Street.
Restaurants near Ethel Barrymore Theatre
1. Bar American: This massive joint for pre-theater and business dinners serves upscale fare from chef Bobby Flay.
2. City Kitchen :This takeout joint serves the city’s best ramen in a straightforward, no-fuss manner, focusing on the quality of the food instead.
3. Dallas BBQ: A crowded local chain known for its massive servings of saucy meats, jumbo margaritas, and other classic fare.
4. DB Bistro Modern: Located in Theater District, Daniel Boulud’s Moderne serves modern French bistro cuisine with a touch of America.
5. Osteria al Doge: Relaxed Spanish eatery serving up tapas, paella & sangria, as well as some Italian dishes.
6. The Lambs Club:A clubby, art-deco style restaurant in 132 West 44th Street, with cocktails and steaks to die for!
If you're looking for more options, how about checking out our in-depth guide on restaurants in the Theater District. It has everything you're looking for. And more.