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Lucille Lortel Theatre New York

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About the Lucille Lortel Theatre

The Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York has been in continuous operation since the 1950s, and its success can be traced back to a birthday gift from husband to wife.

Originally a movie theater, the venue was built in 1926 and converted for performance in the 1950s. After a slightly rocky start, the Theatre De Lys hit its stride with a production of The Threepenny Opera, which ran for an impressive seven years and won the Tony Award for Best Off-Broadway Show.

In 1955, actress and producer Lucille Lortel’s husband acquired the theater as an anniversary present, and it confirmed itself as a venue that put Off-Broadway on the map. Shows from some of the biggest playwrights of the 20th century were programmed, including Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child.

The theater was renamed after Lortel on her 81st birthday in 1981, and when she died in 1999 she left the venue to the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. This marked the beginning of a new non-profit policy, and the Lucille Lortel Theatre has gone from strength to strength. Anyone wanting to experience some of the best theater in NYC (and maybe boast that you saw it before it hit Broadway) should pay a visit.

Map and Address

121 Christopher Street, West Village, New York, NY 10014

The Lucille Lortel Theatre's location at 121 Christopher Street places it at the center of West Village, which is itself part of Greenwich Village. This NYC neighborhood built a reputation as an artistic hub, but it is best known as the home of the Stonewall Inn, a major site in LGBTQ+ history. Central Manhattan is a few stops away on the bus or subway, but an afternoon exploring West Village is worth it. Start at the Stonewall National Monument, spot the Friends apartment on Bedford Street, and enjoy refreshments at the home of the cappuccino Caffe Reggio, or Pasticceria Rocco for fresh cannoli.
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