The first theatre in New York City to bear the name The Winter Garden Theatre had a brief but important seventeen-year history (beginning in 1850) as one of New York's premier showcases for a wide range of theatrical fare, from Variety shows to extravagant productions of the works of Shakespeare. Initially known as Tripler's Hall or Metropolitan Hall, it burned down in 1854 and was rebuilt as The New York Theatre. Although it burned to the ground several times, it rose from the ashes under different managers, bearing various names, to become known as one of the most important theatres in New York history.ShowcaseSome of the leading actors and theatre managers of the 19th century worked at The Winter Garden Theatre, from Jenny Lind and Laura Keene to Dion Boucicault and Edwin Booth. One of the most significant and politically influential productions in American theatre history took place on a single night at The Winter Garden Theatre on November 25, 1864, when three sons of one of America's great tragedians, Junius Brutus Booth, namely Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., Edwin Booth, and John Wilkes Booth staged a benefit performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to raise funds to build a statue of Shakespeare in Central Park; four months later John Wilkes would assassinate Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C. as he cried out the historic words of Brutus in ancient Rome. Throughout its seventeen-year history, The Winter Garden Theatre played a significant role in the history of the American theatre.Before you head to New York City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly New York City trip itinerary website, to make sure you see all that New York City has to offer, including Winter Garden Theatre.
Winter Garden Theatre Reviews
Took our girls (ages 11 & 13) to go see Beetlejuice! Absolutely amazing time and made the whole trip to NYC worth it!! Only complaint is Beetlejuice leaving this theatre 😭. Can't wait to see the... more »
Everyone talking about cramped seats must have never been to other theatres on Broadway! This theatre is one of the few with any kind of leg room and without the seat arm rests digging into my body... more »
Small theater where every seat has a great view. Was very surprised going here for the first time. Decent space to walk around in and use the restroom. Lots of leg room in the seating. Would love to see more shows here, but I hope Beetlejuice is here for a while.
Very nice theater were I got the see the musical "School of Rock". Had a great time. The theater looks great. Very old school. The staff was friendly and the service was good. Nothing to complain about. So if you want to learn something about rock - go to the Winter Garden Theater.
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