As one of Broadway's turn-of-the-century stages, the Longacre Theatre is a house with stories to tell. From its staging of Tony award–winning Medea
to performances by Broadway stalwarts such as Ethel Barrymore and Kathleen Turner, the Longacre is truly a piece of Theater District history that is well worth a visit for theater aficionados.The Basics
The theater originally opened in 1913, and its namesake Longacre Square has since become the world-renowned Manhattan destination that visitors know and love—Times Square. Despite the theater’s brief stint as a television studio in the 1950s, visitors today can expect fantastic stage shows at the Longacre. Most visitors secure tickets online and visit for a performance, while travelers pressed for time typically opt to pass the Longacre—along with numerous historic theaters—on a Theater District walking tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Theater enthusiasts should book advance tickets, since popular shows at the Longacre typically sell out.
- Though the theater is not fully wheelchair-accessible, wheelchair-accessible seating and a restroom are available on the orchestra level.
- Leave the camera at home—no recording is permitted in the theater.
- Make sure to arrive on time, since latecomers are admitted at the discretion of theater management.
Most travelers prefer to reach the Longacre Theatre by subway. Plan to take the N, R, Q, or W train to the 49th Street subway stop, or the 2 or 3 train to the 50th Street Broadway stop. You can also take a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour, since many stop near the theater on Broadway. Find the Longacre on West 48th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
When to Get There
The Longacre Theatre stages shows six days each week—Tuesday through Sunday—and is dark on Mondays. Be sure to check the calendar before you arrive to see what's on, and to prebook tickets to popular performances during the summer months and on weekends. For visitors planning a winter trip to New York, expect more availability, since the theaters are most crowded during peak summer tourist season.
Sightseeing in the Theater District
Since the Longacre Theatre is centrally located in New York's celebrated Theater District, you can make the most of your visit to the Longacre by strolling some of New York's most storied blocks. Pass world-class theaters, television studios, and must-see sights such as the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. Along the way, visit Times Square—at the intersection of 46th Street and Seventh Avenue—and stop by the TKTS booth for discount theater tickets.