Shubert Theatre



  • A New York theater on West 44th Street, opened in 1913 by LeeShubert and Jacob J. Shubert, who named it after their late brotherSam S. Shubert. Although originally intended as a venue for musicals,it began by presenting serious drama, the opening production beingHamlet, starring Johnston Forbes-Robertson.

    Other successes included The Copperhead (1918), starringLionel Barrymore (see the Barrymores), James Fagan's And So To Bed (1927), with Yvonne Arnaud as Mrs Pepys, and SinclairLewis's Dodsworth (1934). The Theatre Guild sponsoredproductions of Margaret Kennedy's Escape Me Never (1935), whichgave Elizabeth Bergner her Broadway debut, Robert Sherwood's Idiot'sDelight (1936), with the Lunts, and Jean Giraudoux'sAmphitryon 38.

    The first musical (1937) to play at the Shubert was BloomerGirl, which ran from 1944 to 1946; it has been followed by Lernerand Loewe's Paint Your Wagon (1951), Anthony Newley and LeslieBricusse's Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (1962),Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach's Promises, Promises (1968),and Marvin Hamlisch's A Little Night Music (1973) and AChorus Line (1975). In 2005 the Shubert saw the premiere of EricIdle's Spamalot, a musical adaptation of Monty Python andthe Holy Grail that would run for over 1500 performances.