A piece of New York theater history, the Lyceum holds the honored position of the oldest continually operating theater in the city. Showgoers find an intimate performance space inside, while architecture fans appreciate the Beaux-Arts facade. A visit to the Lyceum is a must on any tour of the Theater District.
Built in 1903 by Broadway producer David Frohman, the Lyceum reflects the charm of old Broadway, and stages Tony Award–winning shows, fromVenus in Fur to the revival ofA View from the Bridge. Attending a performance is the best way to experience the Lyceum. Buy tickets in advance, as shows often sell out. If you don’t get tickets, it’s still worth stopping by on a Broadway walking tour or a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Lyceum isn’t fully wheelchair-accessible, but seating is available in the Orchestra section.
Assistive listening devices, audio description devices, and handheld captioning devices are available at the audience services kiosk.
Snacks and drinks are available in the theater’s lobby concession area.
How to Get There
Located a few blocks from the heart of Times Square, the Lyceum Theatre is best reached by subway. Take the B, D, or F train to the 47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center station, or the N, Q, R, or W train to the 49th Street stop. The theater sits on West 45th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
When to Get There
The Lyceum stages several productions per week, including two performances each on Wednesday and Saturday. There are no shows on Monday. Whether you’re seeing a matinee or an evening performance, plan to arrive with enough time to pick up your tickets at the box office and grab a drink, about an hour before the show. To avoid crowds, try to get tickets to a midweek show, since weekend performances are most popular.
Visiting the Museum of Modern Art
Just a few blocks from the Lyceum, you’ll find one of the most celebrated art museums in the city: the Museum of Modern Art. This world-class institution hosts numerous rotating exhibits yearly, presents daily film screenings, and offers countless performances, talks, and concerts. Don’t miss the museum’s sculpture garden, and be sure to visit the permanent collection, where you’ll find Vincent van Gogh’s revered workThe Starry Night.
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