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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
Named for Helen Hayes, Reopened July 12, 1983
1983
Little Theatre
Reopened March 22, 1965
1965
Winthrop Ames Theatre
Named for Winthrop Ames, manager. Reopened September 7, 1964
1964
Little Theatre
1959
New York Times Hall
Conference hall (no shows)
1941
Anne Nichols' Little Theatre
1936
Little Theatre
Opened March 12, 1912
1912

Broadway Productions

The Humans
Play, Original
Feb 18, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

Dames at Sea
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 22, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016

Rock of Ages
Musical, Original
Mar 24, 2011 - Jan 18, 2015

Colin Quinn: Long Story Short
Play, Original, Comedy, Solo
Nov 09, 2010 - Mar 05, 2011

Next Fall
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 11, 2010 - Jul 04, 2010

The 39 Steps
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 21, 2009 - Jan 10, 2010

Slava's Snowshow
Special, Original, Clowning
Dec 07, 2008 - Jan 04, 2009

Xanadu
Musical, Original, Fantasy
Jul 10, 2007 - Sep 28, 2008

Jay Johnson: The Two and Only
Special, Original, Puppets,Solo
Sep 28, 2006 - Nov 26, 2006

Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway
Special, Original, Comedy
Aug 15, 2006 - Sep 10, 2006

Bridge & Tunnel
Play, Original, Solo
Jan 26, 2006 - Aug 06, 2006

Latinologues
Play, Original, Monologue
Oct 13, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005

Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed
Special, Original, Solo
Mar 23, 2005 - Sep 04, 2005

Golda's Balcony
Play, Original, Solo, Drama
Oct 15, 2003 - Jan 02, 2005

Say Goodnight Gracie
Play, Original, Solo, Comedy
Oct 10, 2002 - Aug 24, 2003

The Smell of the Kill
Play, Original, Comedy
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
Apr 30, 2001 - Jul 22, 2001

Dirty Blonde
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
May 01, 2000 - Mar 04, 2001

Squonk
Special, Original, Concert,Fantasy,Puppets
Feb 29, 2000 - Mar 26, 2000

Epic Proportions
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 30, 1999 - Dec 19, 1999

Night Must Fall
Play, Revival, Mystery
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
Feb 27, 1997 - Jun 28, 1998

Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
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
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
May 01, 1990 - May 19, 1991

Miss Margarida's Way
Play, Revival, Solo
Feb 15, 1990 - Feb 25, 1990

Artist Descending a Staircase
Play, Original
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
May 01, 1988 - Jan 15, 1989

The Nerd
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 22, 1987 - Apr 10, 1988

Oh Coward!
Musical, Original, Revue
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
Jan 05, 1986 - Apr 20, 1986

The News
Musical, Original
Nov 07, 1985 - Nov 09, 1985

Little Theatre

Torch Song Trilogy
Play, Original
Jun 10, 1982 - May 19, 1985

Solomon's Child
Play, Original
Apr 08, 1982 - Apr 10, 1982

The Curse of an Aching Heart
Play, Original
Jan 25, 1982 - Feb 21, 1982

Ned and Jack
Play, Original
Nov 08, 1981 - Nov 08, 1981

Gemini
Play, Original
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
May 18, 1976 - Oct 30, 1978

Lamppost Reunion
Play, Original
Oct 16, 1975 - Dec 21, 1975

Man on the Moon
Musical, Original
Jan 29, 1975 - Feb 01, 1975

Medea and Jason
Play, Revival
Oct 02, 1974 - Oct 02, 1974

My Sister, My Sister
Play, Original
Apr 30, 1974 - Aug 11, 1974

Winthrop Ames Theatre

The Subject Was Roses
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 03, 1964 - Mar 21, 1965

Little Theatre

Baby Want a Kiss
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 19, 1964 - Aug 22, 1964

Each Had Six Wings
Play, Original, Foreign Lang.
Mar 11, 1964 - Mar 22, 1964

Children of the Shadows
Play, Original, Foreign Lang.
Feb 26, 1964 - Mar 22, 1964

The Dybbuk
Play, Revival, Foreign Lang.
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
Nov 02, 1963 - Nov 23, 1963

Little Theatre

Twelfth Night
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 02, 1941 - Dec 13, 1941

Your Loving Son
Play, Original
Apr 04, 1941 - Apr 05, 1941

Tanyard Street
Play, Original
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
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
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
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
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
May 12, 1937 - Jun 1937

Sun Kissed
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 10, 1937 - Apr 24, 1937

Characters and Caricatures
Play, Original, Solo
Mar 01, 1937 - Closing date unknown

Be So Kindly
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 08, 1937 - Feb 1937

Promise
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 30, 1936 - Closing date unknown

Pre-Honeymoon
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 01, 1936 - Dec 12, 1936

Slightly Delirious
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 31, 1934 - Jan 1935

Continental Varieties
Musical, Original, Revue
Oct 03, 1934 - Nov 13, 1934

Kykunkor
Special, Original, Opera
Jun 10, 1934 - Aug 04, 1934

The Lady from the Sea
Play, Revival, Drama
May 01, 1934 - May 1934

One More Honeymoon
Play, Original, Farce
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
Oct 25, 1933 - Nov 1933

One Sunday Afternoon
Play, Original
Feb 15, 1933 - Nov 1933

Two Strange Women
Play, Original
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
Oct 05, 1931 - May 1932

Mrs. Moonlight
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 16, 1931 - Jun 06, 1931

Life is Like That
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 22, 1930 - Jan 1931

Mr. Samuel
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 10, 1930 - Nov 1930

London Calling
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 18, 1930 - Oct 1930

The Traitor
Play, Original, Drama
May 02, 1930 - May 1930

Dora Mobridge
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 19, 1930 - Apr 1930

House Afire
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 31, 1930 - Apr 1930

Many a Slip
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 03, 1930 - Mar 1930

Let Us Be Gay
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 19, 1929 - Dec 1929

House Unguarded
Play, Original
Jan 15, 1929 - Feb 1929

That Ferguson Family
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Dec 22, 1928 - Apr 1929

The Lady Lies
Play, Original
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
Jun 14, 1928 - Jul 1928

Box Seats
Play, Original
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
Feb 01, 1928 - Feb 1928

Trigger
Play, Original
Dec 06, 1927 - Jan 1928

If
Play, Original
Oct 25, 1927 - Nov 1927

Romancin' Round
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Oct 03, 1927 - Oct 1927

Lovers and Enemies
Play, Original, Comedy, Tragedy
Sep 20, 1927 - Sep 1927

Grand Street Follies [1927]
Musical, Original, Revue
May 31, 1927 - Sep 24, 1927

Seed of the Brute
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 01, 1926 - Jan 1927

Two Girls Wanted
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 09, 1926 - Closing date unknown

The Wisdom Tooth
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 15, 1926 - Jul 1926

The Love City
Play, Original, Drama
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
Jan 28, 1924 - Jul 19, 1924

Chicken Feed
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 24, 1923 - Jan 1924

Polly Preferred
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 11, 1923 - Jun 1923

Spite Corner
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 25, 1922 - Jan 1923

A Serpent's Tooth
Play, Original
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
Oct 20, 1920 - Aug 1922

Marry the Poor Girl
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
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
Feb 12, 1920 - Mar 1920

Mamma's Affair
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 19, 1920 - Apr 1920

Papa
Play, Original
Apr 10, 1919 - Apr 1919

Please Get Married
Play, Original
Feb 10, 1919 - Closing date unknown

A Little Journey
Play, Original
Dec 26, 1918 - Closing date unknown

The Morris Dance
Play, Original
Feb 13, 1917 - Mar 1917

Pierrot the Prodigal
Special, Revival, Pantomime
Nov 06, 1916 - Jan 27, 1917

Hush!
Play, Original
Oct 03, 1916 - Nov 1916

A Pair of Silk Stockings
Play, Original
Oct 20, 1914 - May 1915

The Truth
Play, Revival, Drama
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
Mar 12, 1912 - May 1912

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