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John Golden Theatre

252 W 45th St

New York, NY 10036


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The John Golden Theatre was originally built in 1927 as the Theatre Masque by real-estate magnates, the Chanin Brothers, as part of a three-theatre complex that also included the Royale (a mid-sized house) and the Majestic (a large house). The Theatre Masque, the most intimate of the three, was designed for serious dramas. In 1930, the Chanins transferred ownership of all three venues to the Shuberts. In 1937, when John Golden assumed its management, he renamed it after himself, the third playhouse to bear his name. The Shuberts took back control of the theatre in 1946, turning it into a film house for two years before restoring it to legitimacy in the late 1940s.

The Golden was home to many significant playwrights and productions throughout the 1950s and 60s. Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot (1956) had its Broadway premiere here, starring Bert Lahr. An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May opened in 1960, followed by Beyond the Fringe (1962), and a South African musical revue entitled Wait a Minim! (1966).

Some distinguished plays of the 1970s include David Rabe's Sticks & Bones (1972), the Shubert-produced, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Gin Game (1977), directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. Tommy Tune's A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (1980) began the 1980s with a bang. The Golden then played home to three more Pulitzer Prize winners: Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart (1981), Marsha Norman's 'night Mother (1983), produced by the Shuberts and starring Kathy Bates, and David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (1984). 

The last two decades have seen shows such as Falsettos (1992) by William Finn and James Lapine, Terrence McNally's Master Class (1995) starring Zoe Caldwell as opera diva Maria Callas and Audra McDonald as her student, Side Man (1998), Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2002), the Tony-winning musical, Avenue Q (2003), by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty, the Tony Award-winning Best Play Red (2010) and the Tony Award-winning revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

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