Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, formerly called the Royale Theatre and the John Golden Theatre, is a Broadway theatre located at 242 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Royale Theatre
The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, showing Three Days of Rain, 2006
Address242 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way)
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Coordinates40°45′30.25″N 73°59′12.8″W / 40.7584028°N 73.986889°WCoordinates: 40°45′30.25″N 73°59′12.8″W / 40.7584028°N 73.986889°W
OwnerThe Shubert Organization
ProductionThe Ferryman
OpenedJanuary 11, 1927
ArchitectHerbert J. Krapp
45th St theatres NYC
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, showing Frost/Nixon, and four other Broadway theatres in 45th street, 2007
Jacobs (Royale) Theatre NYC 2003
The Royale Theatre, showing Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 2003


Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it opened as the Royale Theatre on January 11, 1927, with a musical entitled Piggy. Produced by William B. Friedlander, Piggy had a weak script, but the popular comedian Sam Bernard played the starring role and carried the show for 79 performances. Bernard died soon after the show closed.[2] Built as part of a three theater complex, alongside the 800-seat Theatre Masque, the 1,600-seat Majestic, and the Lincoln Hotel (now the RowNYC Hotel and previously the Milford Plaza Hotel), the theater features an ornate stone facade, with vaulted large windows above the street frontage. The landmarked interior features murals by Willy Pogany and one balcony level all under an expansive vaulted plasterwork ceiling. With a seating capacity just over 1,100, the theater has been home to both plays and musical productions in its ninety-year history.

Producer John Golden leased the theatre and renamed it for himself from 1932 to 1937 (when he moved to the Theatre Masque next door). The Shubert Organization then assumed ownership and initially leased the theatre to CBS Radio. In 1940, the Royale was restored to use as a legitimate theatre under its original name. On May 9, 2005, it was renamed for longtime Shubert Organization president Bernard B. Jacobs.

Notable productions

Box office record

Once achieved the box office record for the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The production grossed $1,447,598 over nine performances, for the week ending December 30, 2012.[6]

See also


  2. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2009-03-16). Broadway Plays and Musicals: Descriptions and Essential Facts of More Than 14,000 Shows through 2007. McFarland. p. 361. ISBN 978-0-7864-5309-2. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  3. ^ "Small Miracle". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  4. ^ "Small Miracle". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  5. ^ "Our Lan". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  6. ^ "INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis – 1/2 – Records for Once, Rock of Ages, Annie, Mormon & More!". January 2, 2013.

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