M. Butterfly
22 Ratings

Winner of three Tony awards, including Best Play, three Drama Desk awards, and three Outer Critics Circle awards, the 2017 revival of M. Butterfly is just as provocative as it was 30 years ago. Don’t miss your chance to watch this “urgently relevant” story come to life on stage.

Why Watch M. Butterfly

A stunning, visual spectacle, M. Butterfly narrates a spine-chilling tale of romance and betrayal. Considered a broadway revival masterpiece, the production is bound to leave you gripping the arm of your chair. With visionary director Julie Taymor, Tony award winner David Henry Hwang, and Academy Award nominee Clive Owen, the play takes you on a breathtaking journey with its spectacular sets and impressive stagecraft. The revived production also brings forth revolutionary music by Academy award winner Elliot Goldenthal. A magical blend of the ancient martial-arts and contemporary choreography, the score alone is brilliant.

The Story

An intimate love story based on true incidents, M. Butterfly is an epic tale of political intrigue. The story revolves around an illicit love affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera diva. Just when you start to think the play is another typical romantic account, dark secrets that lie beneath the surface come afloat. What happens when the intoxicating and electrifying secrets come to life? The plot-twists of this real life scandal come with remarkable bends that will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout the play.

Good for

Drama | Thriller | Date night

Critics Reviews

“By virtue of its subject matter alone, M. Butterfly remains a provocative drama, not to mention an important milestone for an Asian-American playwright on Broadway.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“Nearly 30 years on, it’s still clever, tender and formally daring. The original version, which edged closer to epic theatre, dealt heavily in metaphor and symbolism. This new version does too, but it’s more grounded in fact, which leaves one hungry for particulars of the real story, particularly Song’s own desires, which are hinted at, but never fully articulated.”
– The Guardian Reporter

Show Details

Show Timings

Tues & Thurs 7 PM
Wed 2 PM & 7 PM
Friday 8 PM
Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday 3 PM

2 hours, 20 minutes including one intermission

Leading Roles
Clive Owenas Rene Gallimard
Clea Alsip as Renee, Pinup Girl and Others
Murray Bartlett as Marc, Pinkerton and Others
Emmanuel Brown as Swing

Directed by
Julie Taymor

Written by
David Henry Hwang

Know Before You Go

Suitable for ages 13 and up. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

Available Facilities
In-house lounge
Coat check
Wheelchair accessible

The theater has a seating capacity of 1102. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our Cort Theatre Seating Chart Guide.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

All Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets are non-refundable.

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Ratings & Reviews
out of 5
Dec, 2017

Simply WOW! What a lovely performance by Clive Owen and the entire cast! Everything beginning from the execution to dialogue delivery was fantastic in its own way. This was my first broadway show and I was absolutely stunned. This one will keep you entertained every minute through its two hour duration. A must watch!

Nov, 2017

M. Butterfly was engaging and clever, in fact, I've never seen a non-musical show presented so beautifully. However, if you're not a fan of the genre you can tend to get bored. Went with my husband and we came out impressed.

Nov, 2017

A dark and compelling drama. Read tons of negative reviews about this play and was wondering why people feel this way... I enjoyed M. Butterfly thoroughly! P.s. Headout made sure we got our tickets hand delivered. That was pretty impressive! Great experience with the application. Go for this play!

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