The eminent British actor Henry Miller built this splendid theatre in 1918 and starred in its first play, The Fountain of Youth. Architectural critics acclaimed the new theatre as an ideal playhouse in luxurious good taste. Mr. Miller produced and acted in many plays there until he died in 1926. His son Gilbert took control of the house and became one of Broadway's most prestigious producers, presenting noteworthy plays in London, then bringing them to his theatre in New York.
Among the many distinguished events here were the following productions: Jane Cowl in Romeo and Juliet, still regarded as the greatest American Juliet of all (1923); the U.S. debut of Noel Coward in his sensational play The Vortex (1925); the acclaimed World War I play, Journey's End (1929) and Gladys George in the long-running comedy Personal Appearance (1934).
But the star who most epitomized this theatre's glamour was the beautiful, scintillating comedianne Ina Claire who graced it's stage in four high comedies: The Awful Truth (1922), Our Betters (1928), Once is Enough (1928), and The Talley Method (1941). In 1938, Thornton Wilder's Pultizer Prize play Our Town began its illustrious career here. Other long runs: Helen Hays in Harriet (1943), Dear Ruth (1944), The Cocktail Party (1950), and The Moon is Blue (1951).
In 1966. The theatre was sold by Mr. Miller's widow (the socialite Kitty Bache) and sadly became first a porn house, then a disco, Xenon. Though it bore the name Club Expo during 1997, and has been renamed the Kit Kat Club as of February 1998, the name Henry Miller's Theatre remains engraved on the facade and easily visible from the street. It happily returned to legitimacy in February 1998 with the Roundabout Theatre production of Cabaret.
124 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036
Take the N,Q,R,W or 1,2,3 to 42nd St., walk North on Broadway to 43rd St. and walk East on 43rd St. to the theatre
Take the B,D,F,V to 42nd St., walk North on Sixth Avenue to 43rd St. and walk West on 43rd St. to the theatre
ACCESS INTO THEATRE: Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are 2 steps into the theatre (where there are steps we are unable to provide assistance.) ORCHESTRA LOCATION: Wheelchair seating is available in the Orchestra only. MEZZANINE LOCATION: Second level. There are steps to the Mezzanine. There are 3 landings, with a total of 12 steps to each landing. There is a total of 38 steps from the street level to the second level. Entrance to the second level is at the back of the Mezzanine. The second level overhangs the Orchestra at row AA. BALCONY LOCATION: Third level. There are 5 landings, with a total of 24 steps from the Mezzanine to the Balcony. There is a total of 62 steps from the street level to the third level. RESTROOM: There is a wheelchair accessible (unisex) restroom located on the Orchestra level. Additional restrooms located down 1 flight of 15 steps to the lower lobby. There is also a restroom on the third level (Balcony).
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