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The Inheritance

First Preview: Sep 27, 2019

Opening Date: Sep 27, 2019

Closing Date: Mar 15, 2020

Running Time: 03:25

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Playing @

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

243 W 47th St New York, NY 10036

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In contemporary Manhattan, Eric and Toby are 30-somethings who seem to be very much in love and thriving. But on the cusp of their engagement, they meet an older man haunted by the past, and a younger man hungry for a future. Chance meetings lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations interlink and collide—with explosive results. 

Brilliantly re-envisioning E.M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, The Inheritance asks how much we owe those who lived and loved before us, questions the role we must play for future generations, and dares us to fearlessly hold on to the wild ride called life.

The Inheritance is the winner of more Best New Play Awards than any other play in West End history—including the 2019 Olivier Award!

“A glorious saga of modern life in New York.” - The Times (London) 

“This is not simply theatre. This is life. And, oh, how it makes you want to live.” - London Daily Express
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 16

Show Notes

Show Notes: 1 Intermission & 5 minute 'pause'

Audience Advisory:

Adult themes & language w/ full nudity Mature audiences suggested No performance 12/25 & 12/31 add performance 12/23 & 12/30 at 7 pm

Performance Schedule:




Stephen Daldry

Written by

Matthew Lopez

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

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Full-price tickets

$39 - $199



Quotation Mark

Can it really be that good? The blissful answer is yes. A mighty, shout-it-from-the-rooftop-bars yes. Naturally, any play of such ambition, expansiveness and sheer length will have some imperfections. But there’s no question that “The Inheritance,” which is often explosively funny and more often piercingly moving, is a major work of contemporary theater

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To put it bluntly, “The Inheritance” (which premiered at London’s Old Vic, transferred to the West End, and is now making its American debut) is the triumph of the fall theater season. Nothing else that I have seen over the past few months – play or musical, Broadway or Off-Broadway – comes close to matching its sense of humor, playfulness, history and earnest contemplation. In spite of the length, it is absorbing and surprisingly easy to follow. The production (directed by Stephen Daldry, “Billy Elliot”) is marked by nonstop theatrical ingenuity and collaboration, with a large ensemble actively taking turns bringing the complicated saga to life. The vibrant cast is led by Andrew Burnap, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, and Kyle Soller. The only female in the cast is 89-year-old Lois Smith, who makes a last-minute but vital contribution to the proceedings. 

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One can’t overestimate the vision of director Daldry (of An Inspector Calls, Billy Elliot, and The Jungle). The Inheritance is a massive undertaking, and he has staged it with focus, clarity, and welcome touches of humor. He is abetted by British designer Bob Crowley, whose usually massive and mostly brilliant designs have won him seven Tony Awards thus far. For The Inheritance, he has come up with what is basically a bare stage with an enormous rectangular stage lift in its midsection. (Much of the action takes place with cast members figuratively “sitting around a table,” which Daldry and Crowley contrive masterfully.) There are dynamic surprises along the way, not to mention a breathtaking—and altogether heart-stopping—coup de théâtre at the end of Part One which left a large swath of the audience thoroughly devastated and literally in need of a break before Part Two.

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Box Office

There are two steps into the theatre. Waiter service for wheelchair patrons is available. Theatre is not completely accessible.


Central Parking System, 257 West 47th St, (Broadway and 8th Ave); (212) 262-9778 225 West 49th St, 5 pm to 5 am. Port Parking Corporation, 235 West 48th St, (Broadway and 8th Ave);  (212) 245-9421

Curb Ramps

NW corner of 47th St. & Broadway; NE corner of 47th St. & 8th Ave.

Directions Bus

M104, M10, M27, M50, M6, M7, or M42 bus.


Unisex in Ticket lobby. Door 32". Stall 129" x 61.5". Commode 18". Grab bars. Another restroom is located up 2 flights of stairs.

Directions Subway

N, R, W to 49th St or the 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre. Take the C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.


Seats 1,096.Orchestra on ground level. Lower lounge, front mezzanine and rear mezzanine reached only by stairs.


There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.


Double doors in series: 1st set (each 27.5") has one pair of automatic doors from 47th Street to ticket lobby with push button control; 2nd set (each 27", attended by ushers) to Orchestra.

Visual Assistance

Vision seats in the front of the orchestra for purchase in person or on the phone.

Folding Armrests

Eleven row-end seats with folding armrests.

Water Fountain

Ticket lobby. Spout 36".

Assisted Listening System

Infrared listening system. Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Occasional sign language interpreted performances are scheduled.

Wheelchair Info

Orchestra: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only. Mezzanine (second level): 3 flights of stairs up 30 steps. Please note, once on the Mezzanine level there are approximately 2 steps per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row E of the Front Mezzanine. Wheelchair Seating: 11 aisle seat with folding armrest, 5 wheelchair viewing seats, 4 companion seats.


In lobby, accesible at 54" with utilitiy outlet

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

N, R, W to 49th St or the 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre. Take the C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.

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By Bus:

M104, M10, M27, M50, M6, M7, or M42 bus.