4, 5, 6, N, R, W, to Lexington and 59th Street
M1, 2, 3, 4 on Madison and 5th AveM101, 102, 103, on Lexington Ave, Q32 on Madison and 5th Ave
59E59 Theaters is owned and operated by the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, a not-for-profit operating foundation. The Foundation was set up to create a new, state-of-the-art theater complex that would bring new, challenging and experimental work in an underserved location on 59th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in Manhattan.
In 2002, the building at 59 East 59th Street was donated to the Foundation. The building was essentially gutted, and the theaters were designed and constructed. The architect, Leo Modricin, worked with the Foundation to create a facility with an inviting ambiance to foster neighborhood attendance as well as provide excellent support for companies performing in the three spaces.
Our largest space, THEATER A , opened in February 2004 with the first performance of The Stendhal Syndrome produced by our resident company, Primary Stages. In April 2004, the other two spaces, THEATER B, and THEATER C opened with productions for our first annual BRITS OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL. Since that time, the theaters have been continuously busy with shows generally running for three to six weeks.