59E59 Theaters

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59E59 Theaters
Address59 E 59th St
New York
OwnerElysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation
TypeOff-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway
CapacityTheater A 196, Theater B 98, Theater C 50–70, respectively
ArchitectLeo Modrcin

59E59 Theaters is a curated rental venue located in New York City that consists of three theater spaces or stages. It shows both Off-Broadway (in Theater A) and Off-Off-Broadway plays (in Theaters B and C).[1] The complex is owned and operated by the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that is dedicated to hosting live stage performances from across the country and around the world.

The organization partners with other non profit companies by offering highly subsidized rental rates inclusive of equipment inventory, production support, marketing, and press. Visiting companies keep 100% of their net box office sales.


In 2008, 59E59 Theaters was awarded a Drama Desk Award for Excellence in Theater.[2]

Brits Off Broadway Season[edit]

Brits Off Broadway[3] is an annual Season showcasing work from the United Kingdom. The Season usually takes place during the months of April, May, and June and comprises between 6 and 8 productions across the three theater spaces. In 2006, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times hailed the festival as "a highlight of the theatrical year in New York."[4] Past seasons have seen work by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Alan Ayckbourn (The Norman Conquests, Bedroom Farce) amongst other notable British playwrights.

59E59 also hosts an annual festival called East to Edinburgh, a preview of new plays going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from North America.


  1. ^ http://www.59e59.org/spaces.php
  2. ^ "Nominees and Recipients". Drama Desk.
  3. ^ NY TIMES – Brits Off Broadway Review (registration required)
  4. ^ Isherwood, Charles (2006-05-07). "Hurrah, Not All British Theater Plays Broadway". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-12.

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Coordinates: 40°45′48″N 73°58′14″W / 40.763442°N 73.970489°W / 40.763442; -73.970489