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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
Named for August Wilson, on October 16, 2005.
2005
Virginia Theatre
Named for Virginia Binger, member of the Jujamcyn Board. Reopened June 27, 1982
1981
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Leased to AADA for 2 years
1953
ANTA Playhouse
a.k.a. ANTA Theatre. Reopened March 31, 1950
1950
WOR Mutual Radio
radio
1943
Guild Theatre
Named for , Opened April 13, 1925
1925

Broadway Productions

Groundhog Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 17, 2017 - Present

Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Nov 06, 2005 - Jan 15, 2017

Virginia Theatre

Little Women
Musical, Original
Jan 23, 2005 - May 22, 2005

Little Shop of Horrors
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Oct 02, 2003 - Aug 22, 2004

Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
May 05, 2003 - May 18, 2003

Flower Drum Song
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 17, 2002 - Mar 16, 2003

The Crucible
Play, Revival, Drama
Mar 07, 2002 - Jun 09, 2002

King Hedley II
Play, Original, Drama
May 01, 2001 - Jul 01, 2001

Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Play, Revival
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
Dec 09, 1993 - May 01, 1994

Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Apr 26, 1992 - Sep 05, 1993

City of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 11, 1989 - Jan 19, 1992

Shenandoah
Musical, Revival
Aug 08, 1989 - Sep 02, 1989

Run for Your Wife
Play, Original
Mar 07, 1989 - Apr 09, 1989

Carrie
Musical, Original
May 12, 1988 - May 15, 1988

The Mikado
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Apr 02, 1987 - May 03, 1987

Wild Honey
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 18, 1986 - Jan 11, 1987

Execution of Justice
Play, Original, Drama
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
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
Nov 10, 1981 - Nov 11, 1981

Annie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 16, 1981 - Oct 24, 1981

Copperfield
Musical, Original
Apr 13, 1981 - Apr 26, 1981

The Stitch in Time
Play, Original, Comedy
Never Officially Opened - Jan 06, 1981

The Suicide
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 09, 1980 - Nov 30, 1980

Heartaches of a Pussycat
Play, Original
Mar 19, 1980 - Mar 23, 1980

Night and Day
Play, Original
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
Mar 30, 1978 - Apr 16, 1978

Bubbling Brown Sugar
Musical, Original, Revue
Mar 02, 1976 - Dec 31, 1977

Summer Brave
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 26, 1975 - Nov 09, 1975

A Letter for Queen Victoria
Musical, Original
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
Dec 12, 1972 - Feb 04, 1973

Different Times
Musical, Original
May 01, 1972 - May 20, 1972

The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks
Play, Original
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
May 26, 1970 - May 30, 1970

The Cherry Orchard
Play, Revival, Comedy
May 06, 1970 - May 09, 1970

Harvey
Play, Revival, Comedy
Feb 24, 1970 - May 02, 1970

Gloria and Esperanza
Play, Original
Feb 04, 1970 - Feb 14, 1970

Criss-Crossing
Play, Original
Jan 21, 1970 - Jan 24, 1970

Watercolor
Play, Original
Jan 21, 1970 - Jan 24, 1970

Songs From Milk Wood
Play, Original, Pantomime, Sign Language
Jan 12, 1970 - Jan 17, 1970

Sganarelle
Play, Revival, Pantomime, Sign Language
Jan 12, 1970 - Jan 17, 1970

No Place to Be Somebody
Play, Original
Dec 30, 1969 - Jan 10, 1970

Our Town
Play, Revival, Drama
Nov 27, 1969 - Dec 27, 1969

King Henry V
Play, Revival, History
Nov 10, 1969 - Nov 22, 1969

The Three Sisters
Play, Revival, Drama
Oct 09, 1969 - Oct 25, 1969

A Flea in Her Ear
Play, Revival, Farce
Oct 03, 1969 - Oct 25, 1969

Tiny Alice
Play, Revival
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
Never Officially Opened - Feb 01, 1969

Maggie Flynn
Musical, Original
Oct 23, 1968 - Jan 05, 1969

Spofford
Play, Original, Comedy
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
Sep 28, 1967 - Sep 30, 1967

Fumed Oak
Play, Revival, Comedy, One Act
May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967

Still Life
Play, Revival, One Act
May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967

Ways and Means
Play, Revival, Comedy, One Act
May 03, 1967 - May 13, 1967

A Touch of the Poet
Play, Revival, Drama
May 02, 1967 - May 13, 1967

The Imaginary Invalid
Play, Revival, Comedy
May 01, 1967 - May 13, 1967

Of Love Remembered
Play, Original
Feb 18, 1967 - Feb 25, 1967

Those That Play the Clowns
Play, Original
Nov 24, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966

Manuela Vargas
Special, Original
Sep 26, 1966 - Oct 08, 1966

The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Play, Original
Oct 26, 1965 - Jun 11, 1966

The Owl and the Pussycat
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 18, 1964 - Sep 25, 1965

Traveller Without Luggage
Play, Original
Sep 17, 1964 - Oct 24, 1964

Blues for Mister Charlie
Play, Original
Apr 23, 1964 - Aug 29, 1964

Marathon '33
Play, Original
Dec 22, 1963 - Feb 01, 1964

The Advocate
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 14, 1963 - Oct 19, 1963

A Man for All Seasons
Play, Original
Nov 22, 1961 - Jun 01, 1963

The Garden of Sweets
Play, Original
Oct 31, 1961 - Oct 31, 1961

Afternoon of a Faun
Special, Revival, Ballet
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961

The Concert
Special, Revival, Ballet
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961

Moves
Special, Original, Ballet
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961

New York Export: Opus Jazz
Special, Revival, Ballet
Oct 08, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961

Big Fish, Little Fish
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 15, 1961 - Jun 10, 1961

The Conquering Hero
Musical, Original
Jan 16, 1961 - Jan 21, 1961

A Thurber Carnival
Play, Original, Revue
Feb 26, 1960 - Nov 26, 1960

The Fighting Cock
Play, Original
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
Feb 06, 1958 - Feb 08, 1958

A Shadow of My Enemy
Play, Original
Dec 11, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957

Middle of the Night
Play, Original
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
Nov 07, 1955 - Nov 26, 1955

A Day By The Sea
Play, Original
Sep 26, 1955 - Oct 15, 1955

The Skin of Our Teeth
Play, Revival, Comedy
Aug 17, 1955 - Sep 03, 1955

Seventh Heaven
Musical, Original
May 26, 1955 - Jul 02, 1955

The Dark Is Light Enough
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 23, 1955 - Apr 23, 1955

Portrait of a Lady
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 21, 1954 - Dec 25, 1954

Golden Boy
Play, Revival, Drama
Mar 12, 1952 - Apr 06, 1952

Angna Enters
Special, Revival, Dance
Mar 01, 1952 - Closing date unknown

Desire Under the Elms
Play, Revival, Drama
Jan 16, 1952 - Feb 23, 1952

Getting Married
Play, Revival, Comedy
May 13, 1951 - May 20, 1951

The Little Blue Light
Play, Original
Apr 29, 1951 - May 12, 1951

Night Music
Play, Revival, Drama
Apr 08, 1951 - Apr 14, 1951

The School for Wives
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 18, 1951 - Apr 03, 1951

L'Ecole Des Femmes
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 18, 1951 - Apr 03, 1951

Mary Rose
Play, Revival
Mar 04, 1951 - Mar 16, 1951

Peer Gynt
Play, Revival
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
Dec 10, 1950 - Dec 17, 1950

The Tower Beyond Tragedy
Play, Original
Nov 26, 1950 - Dec 22, 1950

Guild Theatre

The Russian People
Play, Original
Dec 29, 1942 - Jan 31, 1943

Mr. Sycamore
Play, Original
Nov 13, 1942 - Nov 28, 1942

Yesterday's Magic
Play, Original
Apr 14, 1942 - May 30, 1942

Papa Is All
Play, Original
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
Nov 26, 1941 - Dec 27, 1941

Ah, Wilderness!
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 02, 1941 - Oct 25, 1941

Flight to the West
Play, Original
Dec 30, 1940 - Mar 02, 1941

Every Man for Himself
Play, Original
Dec 09, 1940 - Dec 11, 1940

Quiet, Please!
Play, Original
Nov 08, 1940 - Nov 21, 1940

The World We Make
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 20, 1939 - Jan 27, 1940

My Heart's in the Highlands
Play, Original
Apr 13, 1939 - May 1939

Dorothy Crawford
Special, Original, Sketches
Mar 12, 1939 - Closing date unknown

Jeremiah
Play, Original
Feb 03, 1939 - Mar 1939

The Merchant of Yonkers
Play, Original, Farce
Dec 28, 1938 - Jan 1939

Ringside Seat
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 22, 1938 - Nov 1938

I Have Been Here Before
Play, Original, Drama, Mystery
Oct 13, 1938 - Oct 1938

Washington Jitters
Play, Original, Comedy
May 02, 1938 - May 1938

Wine of Choice
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 21, 1938 - Mar 1938

The Ghost of Yankee Doodle
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 22, 1937 - Jan 01, 1938

To Quito and Back
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 06, 1937 - Dec 1937

Storm Over Patsy
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 08, 1937 - Apr 1937

But For the Grace of God
Play, Original, Drama
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
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
Dec 10, 1934 - Jan 1935

A Sleeping Clergyman
Play, Original
Oct 08, 1934 - Nov 1934

Ah, Wilderness!
Play, Original, Comedy
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
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
Dec 12, 1932 - Aug 1933

The Good Earth
Play, Original
Oct 17, 1932 - Dec 03, 1932

Too True to Be Good
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 04, 1932 - May 1932

The Moon in the Yellow River
Play, Original
Feb 29, 1932 - Apr 1932

Mourning Becomes Electra
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 26, 1931 - Mar 1932

He
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 21, 1931 - Oct 1931

The Way of the World
Play, Revival, Comedy
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
Jan 26, 1931 - Mar 21, 1931

Midnight
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 29, 1930 - Jan 24, 1931

Elizabeth the Queen
Play, Original, Drama, History
Nov 03, 1930 - Mar 1931

Garrick Gaieties
Musical, Revival, Revue
Oct 16, 1930 - Oct 1930

Garrick Gaieties
Musical, Revival, Revue
Jun 04, 1930 - Oct 08, 1930

Meteor
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 23, 1929 - Mar 1930

The Game of Love and Death
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 25, 1929 - Jan 1930

Karl and Anna
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 07, 1929 - Nov 1929

Caprice
Play, Original
Dec 31, 1928 - Jun 1929

Major Barbara
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 19, 1928 - Jan 1929

Faust
Play, Revival
Oct 08, 1928 - Nov 1928

Volpone
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 09, 1928 - May 1928

Marco Millions
Play, Original, Comedy
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
Apr 11, 1927 - Sep 1927

Right You Are If You Think You Are
Play, Original
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
Oct 11, 1926 - Nov 1926

Garrick Gaieties
Musical, Revival, Revue
May 10, 1926 - Oct 09, 1926

At Mrs. Beam's
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 26, 1926 - Nov 1926

The Chief Thing
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Mar 22, 1926 - Apr 1926

Little Eyolf
Play, Revival, Drama
Feb 02, 1926 - Feb 1926

The Goat Song
Play, Original
Jan 25, 1926 - Mar 1926

Merchants of Glory
Play, Original
Dec 14, 1925 - Jan 1926

The Glass Slipper
Play, Original
Oct 19, 1925 - Dec 1925

Arms and the Man
Play, Revival, Comedy
Sep 14, 1925 - Oct 17, 1925

Caesar and Cleopatra
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 13, 1925 - May 1925

Benefits and Special Events

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Special, Revival, Benefit, Comedy, Concert
Oct 16, 2006 - Oct 16, 2006

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