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Booth Theatre
Address
222 West 45th Street
City
Country USA
Designation Broadway theatre
Architect Henry B. Herts
Owned by The Shubert Organization
Capacity 766
Opened October 16, 1913
Production Next to Normal
shubertorganization.com/theatres/booth.asp
The Booth Theatre in 2006
The Booth Theatre, showing The Year of Magical Thinking starring Vanessa Redgrave, 2007
Booth Theatre (right) and Shubert Theatre (left), back-to-back in Shubert Alley

The Booth Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 222 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan, New York City.

Architect Henry B. Herts designed the Booth and its companion Shubert Theatre as a back-to-back pair sharing a Venetian Renaissance-style façade. Named in honor of famed 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, the theater's 783-seat auditorium was intended to provide an intimate setting for dramatic and comedy plays. It opened on October 16, 1913 with Arnold Bennett's play The Great Adventure.

The venue was the second New York City theatre to bear this name. The first was built by Booth himself in 1869 on the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue (see picture, below).

The Booth Theatre appeared in The West Wing episode Posse Comitatus. It hosted a fictitous charity performance of War of the Roses which an equally fictitious President Bartlet attended during the assassination of the Qumari Defence Minister Abdul ibn Shareef. [1]

The theatre is currently home to the critically acclaimed musical Next to Normal, starring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominees J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano.

Notable productions

References

  1. ^ http://www.newsaic.com/ftvww65i.html FootnoteTV The West Wing Posse Comitatus

External links

Original Booth Theatre building, circa 1880s

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