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Eugene O'Neill Theatre

230 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019
Accessible Seating
Hearing Assistance


50th St
50th St


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.

Dressing Code

There is no official dress code to attend a Broadway show, meaning you won’t be turned away from a theater for dressing too casually. However, Broadway is a special occasion. Tuxedos and gowns are no longer the norm, but think of what you might wear to a nice dinner. (Side note: Theaters can be cold, so you may wish to bring a sweater.)

Late Seating Policy

Don’t be late. More and more shows are not allowing late seating, which means you’ll have to watch the show on a monitor in the lobby until intermission (or for the length of the show if it’s only one act).


Bar offering soft drinks, water, wine, beer and basic mixed drinks. They also offer some snacks, which are allowed into the theater. Drinks are also allowed as long as they are in a closed container.


Double doors in series: 1st set (each 27") to lobby. Up slope and through 2nd set (each 26") into theater.

Water Fountain

Water available from the bar.

Hearing Assistance

Assistive listening devices are popular with patrons who cannot hear well, and these are usually available at the theater upon arrival.

Elevators and Escalators

There are no elevators or escalators at this theater.

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair seating available. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating.

Air Conditioning

This theater is air-conditioned.


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.

Coat Check

This theater offers coat check.