Frequently asked questions

Find out more about this renowned venue in Manhattan’s Theater District.

What was the former name of the August Wilson Theatre?

When The August Wilson Theatre opened in 1925, it was known as the Guild Theatre. Later, it was used as a radio playhouse for WOR Mutual Radio between 1943 and 1950. It became the ANTA Theatre in the 1950s, and the Virginia Theatre in 1981. On October 16, 2005, it became The August Wilson Theatre, commemorating the playwright two weeks after his death.

What was August Wilson most famous for?

August Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Born in Pittsburgh in 1945, he wrote a series of plays set in different decades of the 20th Century, each exploring life as a Black American. He died in Seattle on October 2, 2005, having won Pulitzer Prizes for his African-American-inspired plays ‘Fences’ and ‘The Piano Lesson.’

Is the August Wilson Theatre big?

The August Wilson Theatre has 1,275 seats, which makes it an intimate setting. These are spread across two levels, including an Orchestra section and a Mezzanine. Seating numbers vary depending on the production, so it’s always best to check before booking. The best views are in the mid-front of the Center Orchestra and the front rows of the Center Mezzanine.

Where is the August Wilson Theatre?

The August Wilson Theatre is in the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s Theater District, at 245 W 52nd St. It is easily accessible on public transport via bus, train, and subway, as well as a short walk from many New York landmarks.