Buy Astor Place Theatre Tickets
Astor Place Theatre Tickets
The Astor Place Theatre
Astor Place and its namesake, the Astor family, stretch back in New York?s colorful history. John Jacob arrived penniless from Germany via England in 1783 and soon became one of the richest Americans of his day. After his death in 1848, the street was named after him. The streetThe trapezium-shaped traffic island in the center of Astor Place is a popular meeting place, hangout spot, and center of much skateboarding activity. But the island is most notably home to Tony Rosenthal's sculpture "Alamo", known popularly as "The Cube", which consists of a large, black metal cube mounted on one corner.
Astor Place Theatre Tickets Information
Located in the historic colonnade row, at 435 Lafayette Street, half a block south in the East Village section of Manhattan, The Astor Place Theatre is an off-Broadway house. The theatre is on the lower level of a converted 19th century Greek revival style residence, fronted by imposing marble columns, down one flight of stairs. In 1963 the theater was designated as New York City landmark.
Originally constructed in 1831, as a part of nine associated buildings, of which only four remain, the buildings served as residences for the Astor and Vanderbilt families, and are among the oldest structures in the city. Besides that it also has another historic significance. In 1849, at the Astor Place Theater, riots broke out after an English actor, William Macready, attempted to play the lead in Macbeth which left more than 100 dead or wounded. The Joseph Papp Public Theater (home to the New York Shakespeare Festival) is also located across the street.
On January 17, 1968, the theatre re-opened with Israel Horovitz?s The Indian Wants the Bronx starring newcomer Al Pacino. Since then, it has gained a reputation for introducing works by aspiring and often experimental playwrights, including Tom Eyen (Women Behind Bars, The Dirtiest Show in Town) and John Ford Noonan (A Couple White Chicks Sitting Around Talking). Established writers like Terrence McNally (Bad Habits), A.R. Gurney (The Dining Room, The Perfect Party) and Larry Shue (The Foreigner) also have premiered plays here.
The theater is also known for premiering works by downtown playwrights like Sam Shepard and since 1991 as home to Blue Man Group.
Astor Theater has the seating capacity of 300 and a proscenium stage. Restrooms are located just off the lobby. The theatre doesn?t have easy access for wheelchairs. Visitors must navigate eight stairs to reach the lobby and box office area and an additional six stairs for auditorium seating.