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Hayes Theater New York

About the Hayes Theater

The Hayes Theater is officially the smallest on Broadway, which explains why it was originally called the Little Theatre when it opened in 1912. The goal of the Little Theatre was to present smaller-scale productions, rather than the large, elaborate musicals that would come to dominate Broadway.

Harry Creighton Ingalls, of Ingalls & Hoffman, was the architect behind the original design, which seated only 300. It was first redesigned in the 1920s by Herbert J. Krapp, increasing capacity to 590. After being sold to the New York Times for use as a conference hall in 1931, then being bought by Martin Markinson and Donald Tick in 1979, the smaller-scale was renamed the Helen Hayes Theater in 1983, to honour the legendary film and stage actress of the same name.

In 2015 the Helen Hayes Theater was officially sold to Second Stage Theater Company, one of only four non-profit theatre companies operating on Broadway. The theatre was renamed The Hayes Theater in 2018. The first production under Second Stage was 2018’s Lobby Hero written by Kenneth Lonergan (screenwriter of Gangs of New York), featuring movie stars Michael Cera and Chris Evans.

Recently renovated and modernised, the Hayes Theater is a charming, intimate theatre that now focuses on an output of contemporary plays by living American playwrights.

Know Before You Go
• The Hayes Theater does not offer a coat check service

Map and Address

240 W 44th Street, New York, 10036

The address of the Hayes Theatre is 240 West 44th Street, around the corner from Times Square and surrounded by other venues such as the Shubert Theatre and St. James Theatre. Some notable nearby restaurants include Ellen’s Stardust Diner, Russian Samovar and Blue Fin. The central Broadway location is easily accessible from the subway and buses, Several parking garages are nearby but, as with any other venue, it is recommended to arrive and park several hours before the show if you want to ensure you get a space.
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