The Ambassador opened in 1921 at 215 W. 49th Street, financed by the Shuberts. Designed by Herbert J. Krapp, the theatre’s auditorium is unique in its diagonal orientation, designed to optimize limited square footage. Since 2003, the Ambassador has housed the 1996 revival of Chicago and its bevy of stars.
Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, returns home to mourn his father’s death and begrudgingly attend the wedding of his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius, who has all too willingly taken his brother’s throne. When the former king’s ghost appears and cries murder, Hamlet’s grief turns to obsessive revenge as he seeks to uncover evidence and unmask Claudius. Tension builds and plots spiral out of control, leading to a deadly final showdown. In an homage to the Guthrie’s beginnings, Hamlet will be onstage in May 2023 as the theater celebrates its 60th anniversary.
|Jan 1, 1973 -||"The Shubert Organization, Inc."||Theatre Owner|
|Aug 4, 1945 - Jun 27, 1950||Joseph and Sam Siritzky||Theatre Lessee|
|Nov 14, 1941 - May 14, 1942||Irving Maidman||Theatre Lessee|
|Jan 1, 1924 - Oct 20, 1931||Shubert Theatre Corporation||Theatre Owner|
|Feb 11, 1921 - Dec 31, 1924||Messrs. Shubert (Lee and J. J.)||Theatre Owner|