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The Inheritance Part 1

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Witness a modern reimagining of E. M. Forster's masterpiece, set in contemporary New York. Follow the lives of 3 generations of gay men, as they attempt to find a community that accepts them, one that they can call home. Matthew Lopez’s endearing and emotional play has won critical acclaim from across the world, and wonderfully portrays what it feels to be a gay man in New York.

Why Watch The Inheritance Part 1

The author, Matthew Lopez, takes inspiration from E.M. Forster’s Howards End. Although the theme of homosexuality is very subtle in the original work, Lopez uses it as inspiration to bring forth this story of 3 English families. Lopez’s combination of the original plot with the hazy future of the homosexual community is seamless. Part One focuses on understanding the history of homosexuality and how it will shape the future. The story focuses on loss, love and the ever-present question of equality, in a world where understanding is prized as much as wealth and power. Lopez’s production is haunting and ambitious and has been hailed as one of the finest and most relevant works in recent years.

Stephen Daldry, a 3-time Olivier Award and 2-time Tony Award winner is in charge of the direction. One of the best known English directors of theatre and film, he has had multiple feature films that have gone on to be nominated at the Academy Awards. Daldry’s direction wonderfully highlights the gripping storytelling and ensures that the audience is rooted to their seats. The conclusion is poignant, leaving you with anticipation for Lopez’s subsequent instalment.

The play won the Olivier Awards for best new play and best director with almost universal critical acclaim. Lopez’s bold debate on gay culture is something that is a need of the hour, and he brings his touching production to life on one of the greatest stages in the world!

The Story

Eric Glass is an ideal and cultured gay man, who spends his time exploring the aisles of Strand Bookstore and watching arthouse films at the renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music. His partner, Toby, is a charming narcissist, who is constantly convincing Eric that the couple meets each other’s emotional needs. They have a bunch of common friends who flit in and out of Eric’s apartment. One of these is newcomer Adam. Adam is good-looking, well-connected and successful.

Will Adam prove to be a catalyst for this world to crumble?

Good For

Lovers of Social Dramas | Fans of Matthew Lopez

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Tuesday to Sunday 1 PM or 7:30 PM

Duration
3 hours and 15 minutes, with 1 intermission

Cast
Jordan Barbour
Jonathan Burke
Andrew Burnap
Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr.

Director
Stephen Daldry

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
The production contains strong language and nudity.

Additional Information

Audience
Suitable for ages 16 and up. No entry for children below age 4.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In-house Bar
Coat Check

Seating
The Barrymore Theatre has a seating capacity of 1058. You can find the seating plan here.

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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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.

Theatre Address

Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street, Between Broadway and 8th Avenue, New York NY 10036, USA

Getting There

By Subway

  • Get off at 49 Street Subway Station using lines N, Q, R, or W. The destination is just a 5-minute walk from here.

By Bus

  • Get off at 7 Av/ W 47 St using buses M104. The theatre is a 5-minute walk from here.
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