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225 W 44th St, New York City, New York, USA, 10036
One of 17 theaters operated by the Shubert Organization, the Shubert Theatre opened in 1913 and staged many of Broadway’s longest-running shows, fromOliver! andThe Constant Wife toChicago. The originalA Chorus Line ran at the Shubert for a legendary 6,137 performances.
The ideal way to experience the Shubert is to attend a show there, and prebooking your ticket online is the easiest option. To see the Shubert’s exterior and explore Broadway, consider a walking tour of the Theater District, most of which take you to the best-known playhouses while sharing tales of their history. Some itineraries focus on the city’s 1920s Prohibition era, when Broadway was a hot spot for speakeasies and bootleggers.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Shubert Theatre is a must for theater lovers and history buffs.
The theater is only partially wheelchair-accessible, with seating available in the orchestra section.
A cloakroom is available for storing coats, but strollers and furs aren’t accepted.
On-site facilities include restrooms and a bar.
How to Get There
Located at 225 West 44th Street, just off 7th Avenue and Broadway, the Shubert Theatre is convenient to get to by subway. Take the A, C, E, N, Q, R, or W train to 42nd Street–Times Square station, then walk northward on Broadway toward West 43rd Street. Turn left onto West 44th Street to find the Shubert on your right. A paid parking garage is also located nearby.
When to Get There
The Shubert’s evening performances usually run Tuesday through Saturday, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Arrive around 15 minutes before showtime—latecomers are denied entry. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.
Things to See at or Near the Shubert Theatre
Take some time to admire the Shubert’s exterior—its ornamental sgraffito plasterwork is a key feature. Then, look for the Shubert’s stage door in Shubert Alley, alongside the playhouse. In the 1920s and ’30s, actors used the pedestrian lane as a place to relax during intervals and after performances. There, they’d smoke and mingle with chorus girls, reporters, and bootleggers who’d take their orders for Prohibition-breaking alcohol.
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