Helen Hayes Theatre

The Helen Hayes Theatre was designed by the architect Harry Creighton Ingalls of the firm Ingalls & Hoffman, and built by Winthrop Ames. When it first opened, it was known as the Little Theatre, owing both to the theatre's small size (with a seating capacity of only 300), and also because the theatre's goal was to create small, intimate productions. The theatre in fact gave birth to what became known as the Little Theatre Movement in the early twentieth century.

The theatre opened on March 12, 1912 with John Galsworthy's play The Pigeon. In the 1920s, Herbert J. Krapp redesigned the theatre to increase its seating capacity to 590 and to improve its acoustics. In 1931 the building was sold to the New York Times and converted into a conference hall named New York Times Hall.

CBS used the theatre as a radio studio for a time, but it was converted to television by ABC in 1958 and renamed the Little Theatre. Dick Clark's Saturday night The Dick Clark Show originated there from February 1958 through September 1961. During this time ABC also broadcast the daytime show Who Do You Trust? with Johnny Carson from the theatre. It was briefly renamed the Winthrop Ames Theatre in 1964. From 1965 through 1983 it was again the Little Theatre. During the early part of that period, Westinghouse Broadcasting taped the popular syndicated Merv Griffin Show there and later, The David Frost Show. The 1969-70 season of the game show Beat the Clock hosted by Jack Narz was also taped there. In April 2011, Colin Quinn's one-man show Long Story Short was recorded there as an HBO special.

The theatre was finally renamed for Helen Hayes in 1983 when the renowned actress' existing namesake theatre located on West 46th Street was demolished, along with the Morosco Theatre and the Bijou Theatre, in order to construct the New York Marriott Marquis. Hayes, known as the "First Lady of the American Theater," was still living at the time, and because of the unusual and embarrassing nature of her having outlived her monument, it was decided to rechristen the Little Theatre in her honor.

When not being used as a theatrical venue, the building also has been leased to CBS Radio and the Westinghouse Corporation.

Helen Hayes Theatre (1982-Present)

Opening Play
Mar 24, 2011 Rock of Ages
Nov 9, 2010 Colin Quinn: Long Story Short
Mar 11, 2010 Next Fall
Jan 21, 2009 The 39 Steps
Dec 7, 2008 Slava's Snowshow
Jul 10, 2007 Xanadu
Sep 28, 2006 Jay Johnson: The Two and Only
Aug 15, 2006 Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway
Jan 26, 2006 Bridge & Tunnel
Oct 13, 2005 Latinologues
Mar 23, 2005 Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed
Oct 15, 2003 Golda's Balcony
Oct 10, 2003 Say Goodnight Gracie
Mar 26, 2002 The Smell of the Kill
Oct 28, 2001 By Jeeves
Apr 30, 2001 George Gershwin Alone
May 1, 2000 Dirty Blonde
Feb 29, 2000 Squonk
Sep 7, 1999 Epic Proportions
Apr 19, 1999 Night Must Fall
Mar 7, 1999 Band in Berlin
Oct 25, 1998 Getting and Spending
Aug 27, 1998 Colin Quinn — An Irish Wake
Feb 27, 1997 The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Mar 26, 1995 Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman
Nov 20, 1994 The Flying Karamazov Brothers "Do The Impossible"
May 5, 1994 Sally Marr… and her escorts
Apr 26, 1993 Shakespeare for My Father
Nov 19, 1992 3 From Brooklyn
Apr 21, 1992 The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club
May 1, 1990 Prelude to a Kiss
Feb 15, 1990 Miss Margarida's Way
Nov 30, 1989 Artist Descending a Staircase
Jul 25, 1989 Mandy Patinkin in Concert: "Dress Casual"
May 1, 1988 Romance/Romance
Mar 22, 1987 The Nerd
Nov 17, 1986 Oh Coward!
Jun 24, 1986 Mummenschanz: "The New Show"
Jan 5, 1986 Corpse!
Nov 7, 1985 The News

Little Theatre (1974-1982)

Venue name changed during the production of "Torch Song Trilogy"

Opening Play
Jun 10, 1982 Torch Song Trilogy
Apr 8, 1982 Solomon's Child
Jan 25, 1982 The Curse of an Aching Heart
Nov 8, 1981 Ned & Jack
May 21, 1977 Gemini
Mar 22, 1977 A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Mar 2, 1977 Unexpected Guests
May 18, 1976 The Runner Stumbles
Oct 16, 1975 Lamppost Reunion
Jan 29, 1975 Man on the Moon
Oct 2, 1974 Medea and Jason
Apr 30, 1974 My Sister, My Sister

Used by Westinghouse Broadcasting from 1965 to 1974.

Winthrop Ames Theatre (1964-1965)

Opening Play
Sep 3, 1964 The Subject Was Roses

Little Theatre (1963-1964)

Opening Play
Apr 19, 1964 Baby Want a Kiss
Mar 11, 1964 Each Had Six Wings
Feb 26, 1964 Children of the Shadows
Feb 3, 1964 The Dybbuk
Dec 26, 1963 Double Dublin
Nov 2, 1963 Tambourines to Glory

Used as Radio and TV Studio from 1941 to 1963.

Little Theatre (1912-1941)

Opening Play
Dec 2, 1941 Twelfth Night
Apr 4, 1941 Your Loving Son
Feb 4, 1941 Tanyard Street
Feb 21, 1940 Reunion in New York
Dec 26, 1938 Ruth Draper
Nov 25, 1938 Gloriana
Mar 11, 1938 The Hill Between
Jan 11, 1938 Love in a Coffee Cup
Jan 11, 1938 Peggy Perkins
Jan 11, 1938 The Token
Jan 11, 1938 Jack at the Opera
Jan 11, 1938 Colin and His Wife
Jan 11, 1938 The Grenadier
Jan 11, 1938 Every Maid Her Own Mistress
Jan 4, 1938 Thomas and Sally
Jan 4, 1938 The Brickdust Man
Jan 4, 1938 True Blue or The Press Gang
Jan 4, 1938 Don Quixote
Dec 7, 1937 Edna His Wife
Nov 19, 1937 The Bough Breaks
May 12, 1937 Abie's Irish Rose
Mar 10, 1937 Sun Kissed
Mar 1, 1937 Characters and Caricatures
Feb 8, 1937 Be So Kindly
Dec 30, 1936 Promise
Dec 1, 1934 Slightly Delirious
Oct 3, 1934 Continental Varieties
Jun 10, 1934 Kykunkor
May 1, 1934 The Lady from the Sea
Mar 1, 1934 One More Honeymoon
Feb 9, 1934 Broomsticks, Amen!
Jan 15,1934 False Dreams, Farewell
Nov 11, 1933 Our Stage and Stars
Oct 25, 1933 The World Waits
Feb 15, 1933 One Sunday Afternoon
Jan 10, 1933 Two Strange Women
Dec 23, 1932 Honeymoon
Oct 24, 1932 The Girl Outside
Oct 5, 1931 The Left Bank
Dec 22, 1930 Life is Like That
Nov 10, 1930 Mr. Samuel
Oct 18, 1930 London Calling
May 2, 1930 The Traitor
Apr 19, 1930 Dora Mobridge
Mar 1, 1930 House Afire
Feb 3, 1930 Many a Slip
Feb 19, 1929 Let Us Be Gay
Jan 15, 1929 House Unguarded
Dec 22, 1928 That Ferguson Family
Nov 26, 1928 The Lady Lies
Oct 24, 1928 Gods of the Lightning
Aug 28, 1928 Eva the Fifth
Jun 14, 1928 Married-and How!
Apr 19, 1928 Box Seats
Apr 2, 1928 March Hares
Feb 15, 1928 Spring 3100
Feb 1, 1928 La Gringa
Dec 6, 1927 Trigger
Oct 25, 1927 If
Oct 3, 1927 Romancin' Round
Sep 30, 1927 Lovers and Enemies
May 1, 1927 Grand Street Follies (1927)
Nov 1, 1926 Seed of the Brute
Sep 9, 1926 Two Girls Wanted
Feb 15, 1926 The Wisdom Tooth
Jan 25, 1926 The Love City
Dec 21, 1925 The Master of the Inn
Oct 22, 1925 The School for Scandal
Aug 24, 1925 The Sea Woman
Feb 3, 1925 Don't Bother Mother
Sep 1, 1924 Pigs
Jan 28, 1924 Little Jessie James
Sep 24, 1923 Chicken Feed
Jan 11, 1923 Polly Preferred
Sep 25, 1922 Spite Corner
Aug 24, 1922 A Serpent's Tooth
Oct 20, 1920 The First Year
Sep 25, 1920 Marry the Poor Girl
May 18, 1920 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Feb 12, 1920 He and She
Jan 19, 1920 Mamma's Affair
Apr 10, 1919 Papa
Feb 10, 1919 Please Get Married
Dec 26, 1918 A Little Journey
Feb 13, 1917 The Morris Dance
Nov 6, 1916 Pierrot the Prodigal
Oct 3, 1916 Hush!
Oct 20, 1914 A Pair of Silk Stockings
Apr 14, 1914 The Truth
Dec 30, 1913 The Philanderer
Oct 27, 1913 Prunella
Dec 24, 1912 Rutherford & Son
Nov 7, 1912 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Oct 14, 1912 The Affairs of Anatol
Mar 19, 1912 The Flower of the Palace of Han
Mar 19, 1912 The Terrible Meek
Mar 12, 1912 The Pigeon
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