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Based on Henry James' novel Washington Square, The Heiress is the story of Catherine Sloper, a wealthy but plain-looking woman who is caught between her grief-stricken father and a mysterious, handsome suitor. Although Catherine is smitten by the suitor, her father suspects he is only after the family’s money.

*Jessica Chastain will not be performing on January 10, 13 or 27.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Feb. 9, 2013.

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About The Heiress on Broadway

Previews: Oct 6, 2012 • Opening: Nov 1, 2012 • Closing: Feb 9, 2013
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Walter Kerr Theatre Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
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What Is the Story of The Heiress?
Set in New York City in the 1850s, The Heiress follows Catherine, a plain-looking but exceedingly wealthy woman who lives with her father, Dr. Austin Sloper, in Washington Square. Despite having a staff of maids and chefs and the best clothing money can by, Catherine is awkward, shy and “unmarriageable.” When she falls in love with Morris Townsend, a charming but penniless suitor, Dr. Sloper is immediately suspicious the man is after Catherine’s inheritance. In an attempt to end the relationship, Dr. Sloper vows he will write Catherine out of her will if she marries Morris. When Dr. Sloper becomes ill, Catherine is forced to make the painfully difficult choice between her father and the man she hopes to marry.


A collection of our favorite reviews from professional news sources.

"This classically trained actress [Chastain], an Oscar nominee for 'The Help' and ubiquitous onscreen this past year, brings a trembling, quiet delicacy to Catherine Sloper, the title role in Moises Kaufman’s revival of 'The Heiress.'"

Bloomberg News

Jeremy Gerard

"No wonder 'The Heiress' has returned to Broadway time and again since its 1947 premiere. Romance, money, lies, manipulation and petticoats: Ruth and Augustus Goetz’s melodrama has it all."

The New York Post

Elisabeth Vincentelli

"Full credit goes to Chastain, who has buried herself in dullness to play one of theater's more formidable proto-feminist roles."

The Associated Press

Mark Kennedy

"Director Moises Kaufman's crisp, first-rate production finds an admirable complexity in Ruth and Augustus Goetz' 1947 drama, based on the Henry James novel 'Washington Square.'"

Entertainment Weekly

Thom Geier

"There were five separate outbreaks of applause during the first 10 minutes. The first came as soon as the curtain rose on Derek McLane’s set, a sumptuous interior of a New York house on Washington Square that might do double duty for an episode of Masterpiece’s silver-plated hit ‘Downton Abbey.’"

The New York Times

Ben Brantley

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Catherine Sloper
Dr. Austin Sloper
Morris Townsend
Aunt Penniman
Virginia Kull
Kieran Campion
Arthur Townsend
Dee Nelson
Mrs. Montgomery
Molly Camp
Marian Almond
Caitlin O'Connell
Elizabeth Almond


Written by
Ruth and Augustus Goetz
Moisés Kaufman
Set Designer
Derek McLane
Costume Designer
Albert Wolsky
Lighting Designer
David Lander
Sound Designer
Leon Rothenberg
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