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John Golden Theatre


252 W. 45th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 805

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. In its early years, the small size of the house made it difficult to hold onto hits. Shows would transfer to larger theatres hoping to capitalize on their fleeting popularity and to sell more tickets for each performance. In 1937, John Golden bought it and renamed it for himself. He leased it to foreign film exhibitors in the 1940s before selling it to the Shuberts, who returned it to its legit roots.

To learn more about the history of the John Golden Theatre, see historical information provided by the Shubert Organization and Spotlight on Broadway's video on the John Golden Theatre.

Built: 1927   

Theatre Names Named
John Golden Theatre 1937     Named for John Golden, producer. Reopened February 2, 1937
Theatre Masque 1927     Opened February 24, 1927
ProductionsProduction Dates
A Delicate Balance
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Edward Albee
Nov 20, 2014 - Feb 22, 2015
Mothers and Sons
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Terrence McNally
Mar 24, 2014 - Jun 22, 2014
A Time to Kill
Play, Original, Drama,Thriller
Oct 20, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 14, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013
The Anarchist
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Mamet
Dec 02, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012
Seminar
Play, Original
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Nov 20, 2011 - May 06, 2012
The Normal Heart
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Larry Kramer
Apr 27, 2011 - Jul 10, 2011
Driving Miss Daisy
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Alfred Uhry
Oct 25, 2010 - Apr 09, 2011
Red
Play, Original, Drama
Written by John Logan
Apr 01, 2010 - Jun 27, 2010
Oleanna
Play, Original
Written by David Mamet
Oct 11, 2009 - Dec 06, 2009
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Jul 31, 2003 - Sep 13, 2009
Vincent in Brixton
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Nicholas Wright
Mar 06, 2003 - May 04, 2003
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Edward Albee
Mar 10, 2002 - Dec 15, 2002
Stones in His Pockets
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Marie Jones
Apr 01, 2001 - Sep 23, 2001
Much Ado About Everything
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
Written by Jackie Mason
Dec 30, 1999 - Jul 30, 2000
Side Man
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Warren Leight
Oct 20, 1998 - Oct 31, 1999
The Chairs
Play, Revival, Farce, Tragedy
Written by Eugene Ionesco
Apr 01, 1998 - Jun 13, 1998
Master Class
Play, Original
Written by Terrence McNally
Nov 05, 1995 - Jun 29, 1997
Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect
Special, Original, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy
Written and created by Jackie Mason
Apr 05, 1994 - Jun 04, 1995
Mixed Emotions
Play, Original
Written by Richard Baer
Oct 12, 1993 - Nov 28, 1993
Falsettos
Musical, Original
Music by William Finn; Book by James Lapine, William Finn; Lyrics by William Finn
Apr 29, 1992 - Jun 27, 1993
Sid Caesar & Company
Special, Original, Revue, Comedy
Nov 01, 1989 - Nov 04, 1989
Eastern Standard
Play, Original
Jan 05, 1989 - Mar 25, 1989
Paul Robeson
Play, Revival, Solo, Play with music
Sep 28, 1988 - Oct 09, 1988
Juno and the Paycock
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Sean O'Casey
Jun 21, 1988 - Jul 02, 1988
All My Sons
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Arthur Miller
Apr 22, 1987 - May 17, 1987
Stepping Out
Play, Original
Written by Richard Harris
Jan 11, 1987 - Mar 15, 1987
The Petition
Play, Original
Written by Brian Clark
Apr 24, 1986 - Jun 29, 1986
Blood Knot
Play, Original
Written by Athol Fugard
Dec 10, 1985 - Mar 02, 1986
Glengarry Glen Ross
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Mamet
Mar 25, 1984 - Feb 17, 1985
'night, Mother
Play, Original
Written by Marsha Norman
Mar 31, 1983 - Feb 26, 1984
Crimes of the Heart
Play, Original
Written by Beth Henley
Nov 04, 1981 - Feb 13, 1983
It Had to Be You
Play, Original, Comedy
May 10, 1981 - Jun 21, 1981
Tintypes
Musical, Original, Revue
Oct 23, 1980 - Jan 11, 1981
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine
Musical, Original, Comedy, Revue
Music by Frank Lazarus; Book by Dick Vosburgh; Lyrics by Dick Vosburgh
May 01, 1980 - Jun 14, 1980
Horowitz and Mrs. Washington
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Henry Denker
Apr 02, 1980 - Apr 06, 1980
Watch on the Rhine
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Lillian Hellman
Jan 03, 1980 - Feb 03, 1980
Devour the Snow
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Abe Polsky
Nov 07, 1979 - Nov 10, 1979
Murder at the Howard Johnson's
Play, Original, Comedy
May 17, 1979 - May 20, 1979
Strangers
Play, Original
Written by Sherman Yellen
Mar 04, 1979 - Mar 11, 1979
The Gin Game
Play, Original
Written by D.L. Coburn
Oct 06, 1977 - Dec 31, 1978
Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Tom Stoppard
Jan 11, 1977 - May 28, 1977
Going Up
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Louis A. Hirsch; Book by Otto Harbach; Lyrics by Otto Harbach
Sep 19, 1976 - Oct 31, 1976
Me Jack, You Jill
Play, Original, Mystery
Written by Robes Kossez
Never Officially Opened - Mar 14, 1976
Kennedy's Children
Play, Original
Written by Robert Patrick
Nov 03, 1975 - Jan 04, 1976
P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Play, Original
Written by James Kirkwood
Apr 07, 1975 - Apr 20, 1975
Hughie
Play, Revival
Feb 11, 1975 - Mar 08, 1975
Duet
Play, Revival
Feb 11, 1975 - Mar 08, 1975
Fame
Play, Original
Nov 18, 1974 - Nov 18, 1974
Words & Music
Musical, Original, Revue
Book by Sammy Cahn; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Apr 16, 1974 - Aug 03, 1974
Shelter
Musical, Original
Music by Nancy Ford; Book by Gretchen Cryer; Lyrics by Gretchen Cryer
Feb 06, 1973 - Mar 03, 1973
Sticks and Bones
Play, Original
Written by David Rabe
Mar 01, 1972 - Oct 01, 1972
Double Solitaire
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Robert Anderson
Sep 30, 1971 - Oct 31, 1971
Solitaire
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Robert Anderson
Sep 30, 1971 - Oct 31, 1971
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Clark Gesner; Book by John Gordon; Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Jun 01, 1971 - Jun 27, 1971
Father's Day
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Oliver Hailey
Mar 16, 1971 - Mar 16, 1971
Bob and Ray -- The Two and Only
Special, Original, Comedy, Sketches
Sep 24, 1970 - Feb 13, 1971
Park
Musical, Original
Music by Lance Mulcahy; Book by Paul Cherry; Lyrics by Paul Cherry
Apr 22, 1970 - Apr 25, 1970
Blood Red Roses
Musical, Original, Drama, History
Music by Michael Valenti; Book by John Lewin; Lyrics by John Lewin
Mar 22, 1970 - Mar 22, 1970
Brightower
Play, Original
Written by Dore Schary
Jan 28, 1970 - Jan 28, 1970
The Gingham Dog
Play, Original
Written by Lanford Wilson
Apr 23, 1969 - Apr 26, 1969
The Wrong Way Light Bulb
Play, Original
Mar 04, 1969 - Mar 08, 1969
The Megilla of Itzik Manger
Musical, Original
Oct 09, 1968 - Dec 15, 1968
The Exercise
Play, Original
Apr 24, 1968 - Apr 27, 1968
Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 27, 1968 - Mar 02, 1968
Brief Lives
Play, Original, Solo
Written by Patrick Garland
Dec 18, 1967 - Dec 30, 1967
After the Rain
Play, Original
Written by John Bowen
Oct 09, 1967 - Dec 02, 1967
Wait a Minim!
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance, Pantomime
Mar 07, 1966 - Apr 15, 1967
Me and Thee
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Charles Horine
Dec 07, 1965 - Dec 07, 1965
Mrs. Dally
Play, Original
Written by William Hanley
Sep 22, 1965 - Nov 06, 1965
Ken Murray's Hollywood
Special, Original
May 10, 1965 - May 22, 1965
Comedy in Music Opus 2
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy, Concert
Written by Victor Borge
Nov 09, 1964 - Apr 24, 1965
Beyond the Fringe
Play, Original, Revue
Oct 27, 1962 - May 30, 1964
Sunday in New York
Play, Original
Written by Norman Krasna
Jan 01, 1962 - May 12, 1962
An Evening With Yves Montand
Special, Original, Solo
Oct 24, 1961 - Dec 16, 1961
An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May
Special, Original, Comedy
Oct 08, 1960 - Jul 01, 1961
At the Drop of a Hat
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Donald Swann; Lyrics by Michael Flanders
Oct 08, 1959 - May 14, 1960
Billy Barnes Revue
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Billy Barnes; Book by Bob Rodgers; Lyrics by Billy Barnes
Aug 04, 1959 - Sep 26, 1959
A Desert Incident
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Pearl S. Buck
Mar 24, 1959 - Mar 28, 1959
Masquerade
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Sigmund Miller
Mar 16, 1959 - Mar 16, 1959
Requiem for a Nun
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 30, 1959 - Mar 07, 1959
A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Musical, Original, Revue, Comedy
Dec 23, 1958 - May 23, 1959
The Night Circus
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Michael V. Gazzo
Dec 02, 1958 - Dec 06, 1958
Epitaph for George Dillon
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 04, 1958 - Nov 22, 1958
Look Back in Anger
Play, Original, Drama
Written by John Osborne
Mar 17, 1958 - Sep 20, 1958
Cloud 7
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Max Wilk
Feb 14, 1958 - Feb 22, 1958
Monique
Play, Original
Oct 22, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957
Mask and Gown
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 10, 1957 - Oct 12, 1957
The Potting Shed
Play, Original
Written by Graham Greene
Apr 22, 1957 - Jun 01, 1957
Uncle Willie
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 20, 1956 - Apr 20, 1957
Double in Hearts
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Paul Nathan
Oct 16, 1956 - Oct 20, 1956
Waiting for Godot
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Samuel Beckett
Apr 19, 1956 - Jun 09, 1956
Little Glass Clock
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Hugh Mills
Mar 26, 1956 - Mar 31, 1956
Someone Waiting
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Emlyn Williams
Feb 14, 1956 - Feb 25, 1956
The Innkeepers
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Theodore Apstein
Feb 02, 1956 - Feb 04, 1956
The Hot Corner
Play, Original, Farce, Comedy
Jan 25, 1956 - Jan 28, 1956
Comedy in Music
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy, Concert
Written by Victor Borge
Oct 02, 1953 - Jan 21, 1956
The Fourposter
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Jan De Hartog
Dec 01, 1952 - May 02, 1953
Mr. Pickwick
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Stanley Young
Oct 27, 1952 - Nov 08, 1952
Seagulls Over Sorrento
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Hugh Hastings
Sep 11, 1952 - Sep 20, 1952
Paris '90
Play, Original, Solo, Comedy, Monologue
Music by Kay Swift; Written by Cornelia Otis Skinner; Lyrics by Kay Swift
Apr 21, 1952 - May 17, 1952
Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens
Play, Original, Solo
Feb 04, 1952 - Mar 15, 1952
To Dorothy, A Son
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Roger MacDougall
Nov 19, 1951 - Nov 24, 1951
Springtime for Henry
Play, Revival
Written by Benn W. Levy
Mar 14, 1951 - Mar 31, 1951
Springtime Folly
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 26, 1951 - Feb 27, 1951
The Green Bay Tree
Play, Revival
Written by Mordaunt Shairp
Feb 01, 1951 - Feb 17, 1951
Let's Make an Opera
Special, Original
Music by Benjamin Britten; Written by Eric Crozier; Lyrics by Eric Crozier
Dec 13, 1950 - Dec 16, 1950
The Velvet Glove
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Rosemary Casey
Feb 13, 1950 - May 13, 1950
Goodbye, My Fancy
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Fay Kanin
Nov 21, 1949 - Dec 24, 1949
Anybody Home
Play, Original, Drama, Romance
Written by Robert Pyzel
Feb 25, 1949 - Feb 28, 1949
Oh, Mr. Meadowbrook!
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 26, 1948 - Jan 29, 1949
Maurice Chevalier in an evening of Songs and Impressions
Special, Original, Concert
Feb 29, 1948 - Mar 28, 1948
I Like It Here
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by A. B. Sheffrin
Mar 22, 1946 - May 04, 1946
January Thaw
Play, Original
Written by William Roos
Feb 04, 1946 - Mar 16, 1946
Dunnigan's Daughter
Play, Original
Written by S. N. Behrman
Dec 26, 1945 - Jan 26, 1946
The Rich Full Life
Play, Original
Written by Vina Delmar
Nov 09, 1945 - Dec 01, 1945
Common Ground
Play, Original
Written by Edward Chodorov
May 15, 1945 - Jun 23, 1945
Soldier's Wife
Play, Original
Written by Rose Franken
Oct 04, 1944 - May 12, 1945
Angel Street
Play, Original, Thriller
Written by Patrick Hamilton
Dec 05, 1941 - Sep 30, 1944
Little Dark Horse
Play, Original
Written by Theresa Helburn
Nov 16, 1941 - Nov 22, 1941
Brother Cain
Play, Original
Sep 12, 1941 - Sep 27, 1941
Snookie
Play, Original
Jun 03, 1941 - Jun 14, 1941
Boudoir
Play, Original
Written by Jacques Deval
Feb 07, 1941 - Feb 15, 1941
Return Engagement
Play, Original
Written by Lawrence Riley
Nov 01, 1940 - Nov 07, 1940
The Weak Link
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Allan Wood
Mar 04, 1940 - Mar 30, 1940
Aries Is Rising
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 21, 1939 - Nov 25, 1939
Clean Beds
Play, Original, Drama
Written by George S. George
May 25, 1939 - May 1939
The White Steed
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 01, 1939 - Closing date unknown
Close Quarters
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Gilbert Lennox
Mar 06, 1939 - Mar 1939
Where There's a Will
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Edward Stirling
Jan 17, 1939 - Jan 1939
Michael Drops In
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by William Du Bois
Dec 27, 1938 - Jan 1939
Lightnin'
Play, Revival, Comedy
Sep 15, 1938 - Nov 1938
Shadow and Substance
Play, Original
Jan 26, 1938 - Sep 1938
Love of Women
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 13, 1937 - Dec 1937
Places Please!
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Aurania Rouverol
Nov 12, 1937 - Nov 1937
Curtain Call
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Le Roy Bailey
Apr 22, 1937 - Apr 1937
Bet Your Life
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Apr 05, 1937 - Apr 1937
Arms for Venus
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Randolph Carter
Mar 11, 1937 - Mar 1937
And Now Good-bye
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Philip Howard
Feb 02, 1937 - Feb 1937
Theatre Masque
The Holmeses of Baker Street
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Basil Mitchell
Dec 09, 1936 - Jan 1937
Green Waters
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Max Catto
Nov 04, 1936 - Nov 1936
A Private Affair
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Gaston Valcourt
May 14, 1936 - Jun 1936
Russet Mantle
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Lynn Riggs
Jan 16, 1936 - Apr 1936
Continental Varieties
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 26, 1935 - Dec 31, 1935
Eden End
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by J.B. Priestley
Oct 21, 1935 - Nov 1935
Weather Permitting
Play, Original, Comedy
May 23, 1935 - May 1935
Cross Ruff
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Noel Taylor
Feb 19, 1935 - Feb 1935
Post Road
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 04, 1934 - Apr 08, 1935
Invitation to a Murder
Play, Original, Melodrama,Mystery
Written by Rufus King
May 17, 1934 - Jul 1934
Too Much Party
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Written by Hiram Sherman
Mar 05, 1934 - Mar 1934
No Questions Asked
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 05, 1934 - Feb 1934
Tobacco Road
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Jack Kirkland
Dec 04, 1933 - Closing date unknown
Is Life Worth Living?
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Lennox Robinson
Nov 09, 1933 - Nov 1933
The Ghost Writer
Play, Original
Written by Martin Mooney
Jun 19, 1933 - Jul 1933
Twenty-five Dollars an Hour
Play, Original, Comedy
May 10, 1933 - May 1933
Goodbye Again
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 28, 1932 - Jul 1933
The Barrister
Play, Original
Written by Sydney Stone
Nov 21, 1932 - Nov 1932
Triplets
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Mark Linder
Sep 21, 1932 - Sep 1932
The Chameleon
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Adam Gostony
Jul 18, 1932 - Jul 1932
The House of Doom
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 25, 1932 - Feb 1932
Louder, Please
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Norman Krasna
Nov 12, 1931 - Jan 1932
The Venetian
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Clifford Bax
Oct 31, 1931 - Nov 1931
Paid Companions
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 22, 1931 - Jun 1931
Brass Ankle
Play, Original, Drama
Written by DuBose Heyward
Apr 23, 1931 - May 1931
Joy of Living
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 06, 1931 - Apr 1931
Up Pops the Devil
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 01, 1930 - Jan 1931
Through the Night
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Paul Dickey
Aug 18, 1930 - Aug 1930
Gold Braid
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Ann Shelby
May 13, 1930 - May 1930
They Never Grow Up
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Humphrey Pearson
Apr 07, 1930 - Apr 1930
Broken Dishes
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Martin Flavin
Jan 1930 - Apr 1930
Bird in Hand
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by John Drinkwater
Dec 23, 1929 - Jan 06, 1930
Rope's End
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Patrick Hamilton
Dec 09, 1929 - Dec 14, 1929
The Amorous Antic
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Ernest Pascal
Dec 02, 1929 - Dec 1929
Rope's End
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Patrick Hamilton
Sep 19, 1929 - Nov 30, 1929
The First Law
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Dmitry Scheglov
May 06, 1929 - May 1929
Young Love
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 30, 1928 - Jan 1929
Relations
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Edward Clark
Aug 20, 1928 - Nov 1928
Patience
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Jun 25, 1928 - Jul 1928
The Scarlet Fox
Play, Original
Written by Willard Mack
Mar 27, 1928 - Apr 1928
Quicksand
Play, Original
Feb 13, 1928 - Feb 1928
Carry On
Play, Original
Written by Owen Davis
Jan 23, 1928 - Jan 1928
Venus
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Rachel Crothers
Dec 26, 1927 - Jan 1928
The King Can Do No Wrong
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 16, 1927 - Nov 1927
Revelry
Play, Original
Sep 12, 1927 - Oct 1927
Patience
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
May 23, 1927 - Jun 04, 1927
The Comic
Play, Original
Written by Lajos Luria
Apr 19, 1927 - May 1927
Puppets of Passion
Play, Original
Feb 24, 1927 - Mar 1927