Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it was built for the Shuberts as part of a theatre-hotel complex named for 19th century tragedian Edwin Forrest. The Forrest Theatre opened on November 24, 1925, with the musical Mayflowers as its premiere production. In 1959 it was rechristened the O'Neill in honor of the American playwright. The house can accommodate up to 1,200 patrons, making it adaptable for the presentations of dramas or musical comedies. The theater has been home to such hits as Big River, Spring Awakening and the long running The Book of Mormon.
If you’re looking to catch the show, Eugene O'Neill Theatre guide is here to help you find the best seats.
Address: 230 West 49th Street New York, NY 10019
Seating Capacity: 1034
Orchestra : 668
Mezzanine : 366
Check out the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Seating Chart here.
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Orchestra: The Orchestra is entirely step-free for all patrons, and all accessible seating is located on this level. Around four wheelchair spaces are available per performance in row R, with up to three companion seats allowed per booking. Approximately six aisle transfer seats are also located in the Orchestra, across rows F-R.
Mezzanine: LoThe Mezzanine is located one level above the Orchestra, up 25 steps. Once in the section, there are a further two steps up or down per row with handrails available for support. There is no accessible seating available in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Mezzanine, so the section is not advised for patrons with very limited mobility.
Restroom: Womens and Mens: Lower lounge. Down nineteen steps then up two steps into restroom.
Accessible Seating: Womens and Mens: Lower lounge. Down nineteen steps then up two steps into restroom.
Water Fountain:Water available from the bar.
Assistive Listening System: Assistive listening devices are popular with patrons who cannot hear well, and these are usually available at the theater upon arrival.
- Not the entirety of the theater is wheelchair accessible. Just the designated seats have step-free access. Keep this information in mind when booking the tickets.
- The theater offers hearing aids. Make prior bookings if you need these devices
- The bathroom is located on the mezzanine level. Do not wait around if you need to use the facilities during the intermission.
- Wear warm clothes as the theater tends to get chilly at times.
Getting To Eugene O'Neill Theatre
The Eugene O’Neill Theatre is located at 230 West 49th Street, a short walk from Times Square and its surrounding tourist attractions. The central address means that visitors are ideally placed to sightsee or book a hotel near the theater, which is well-served by buses and the subway network.
The nearest subway station to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre is 50th Street on the A, C and E lines. Once outside the station, walk south-east along West 49th Street (towards 8th Avenue) for about one minute. The theater will be on the right.
Several buses stop on streets near the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, including the M50 at West 49th Street and 7th Avenue, and the M7, M20 and M104 at West 50th Street and 7th Avenue.
Restaurants Near Eugene O'Neill Theatre
You can make your Broadway experience extra special with our hand-picked selection of the best restaurants near Eugene O’Neill Theatre. If you’re looking for an in-depth guide for food options in the Theatre District, we have got you covered. Looking for a quick bite before or after your Broadway show? Here our some of our favorite restaurants around the Eugene O'Neill theatre:
- The Blue Dog Cookhouse and Bar: Relaxed, stylish American eatery for sandwiches, salads & breakfast classics, plus cocktails.
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Outpost of upmarket steakhouse chain known for sizzling, butter-topped beef in an elegant setting
- Utsav: Spacious Indian eatery drawing theater-goers with fixed-priced pre-theater deals.
- Times Square Diner & Grill: American diner fare & a full bar offered in a stylish, modern atmosphere with loft-height ceilings.
- Da Marino: Festive downstairs restaurant with an old-school setting & traditional Southern Italian cuisine.
FAQs: Eugene O'Neill Theatre
The modern theater, named in honor of American playwright Eugene O'Neill, has 1,108 seats across two levels and is operated by Jujamcyn Theaters. The auditorium interior is a New York City designated landmark.
230 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019, United States
Eugene O’Neill Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,102.