Helen Hayes Theater

Opened in 1912

240 W. 44th Street
New York, NY

Tuesday: 12pm - Curtain
Wednesday: 10am - Evening Curtain
Thursday - Friday: 12pm - Evening Curtain
Saturday: 10am - Evening Curtain
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
Monday: Closed

Theater History

Formerly known as the Little Theatre, New York Times Hall, and Winthrop Ames Theatre, the Helen Hayes was renamed in 1983 after the acclaimed actor. It is the smallest theater on Broadway at 597 seats, and it is now operated by Second Stage Theatre. Recent productions include Take Me Out, Clyde's, Grand Horizons, What the Constitution Means to Me, and Straight White Men.



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Women's: located on the Orchestra level. Men's: located down two flights of stairs in the lower lounge.

Coat Check

Coat check is unavailable at this theater.


Where is the stage door?

To the left as you exit the 44th Street entrance.


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Mother Play at the Hayes

Mother Play

Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) has written a bitingly funny and unflinchingly honest new play about the hold our family has over us and the surprises we find when we unpack the past.

It’s 1962, just outside of D.C., and matriarch Phyllis (Jessica Lange) is supervising her teenage children, Carl (Jim Parsons) and Martha (Celia Keenan-Bolger), as they move into a new apartment. Phyllis has strong ideas about what her children need to do and be to succeed, and woe be the child who finds their own path. Bolstered by gin and cigarettes, the family endures — or survives — the changing world around them. Blending flares of imaginative theatricality, surreal farce, and deep tenderness, this beautiful roller coaster ride reveals timeless truths of love, family, and forgiveness.

The cast includes: Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, and Celia Keenan-Bolger. 


Best Seats in the House

The best views will be in the center orchestra and front mezzanine, but there are very few bad seats in this cozy theater.

Number of Seats

597 seats

Preview Seat View


Is there wheelchair accessible seating available?

For wheelchair acces to the theater, use the stage door entrance.

Is there a wheelchair accessible restroom available?

Yes, ADA restrooms are available on mezzanine and lower lobby levels. Elevator acess available to both floors.

Are there assistive devices available?

Assisted listening devices are available at the Fassst Café counter. A photo ID is required as a deposit. For guests with hearing aids with T-coils, the theater has access to the Loop Assistive Listening System.


When to arrive: Doors open roughly a half hour before showtime. Give yourself plenty of time to pick up tickets and find your seats. What to wear: Whatever makes you comfortable! Some people dress up for the theater, but there is no official dress code. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theater.

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