Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Royale Theatre
Jacobs Theater - The Ferryman (48193412316).jpg
The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, showing The Ferryman, 2019
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°W / 40.7584028; -73.986889Coordinates: 40°45′30.25″N 73°59′12.8″W / 40.7584028°N 73.986889°W / 40.7584028; -73.986889
OwnerThe Shubert Organization
OpenedJanuary 11, 1927
ArchitectHerbert J. Krapp
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, showing Frost/Nixon, and four other Broadway theatres in 45th street, 2007
The Royale Theatre, showing Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 2003

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.


Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, and built by the Chanin Construction Company, 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.

The theatre has been closed as of March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not plan on opening until January 3, 2021.[3]

Notable productions[edit]

Box office record[edit]

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.[7]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Moniuszko, Sara M (June 29, 2020). "Broadway suspends performances through 2020 amid coronavirus, extends ticket refunds to 2021". Archived from the original on July 5, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "Small Miracle". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  5. ^ "Small Miracle". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  6. ^ "Our Lan". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  7. ^ "INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis – 1/2 – Records for Once, Rock of Ages, Annie, Mormon & More!". January 2, 2013.

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