The Inheritance - Part 2

A flower is on fire. Photographs of protests in blue tones are in the background.

Show Details

Performance Schedule



Run Dates

September 27, 2019 - March 15, 2020

Upcoming Scheduled Events

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Running Time

3:25 hrs

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Show Description

In contemporary Manhattan, Eric and Toby are 30-somethings who seem to be very much in love and thriving. But on the cusp of their engagement, they meet an older man haunted by the past, and a younger man hungry for a future. Chance meetings lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations interlink and collide—with explosive results.

Brilliantly re-envisioning E.M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, The Inheritance asks how much we owe those who lived and loved before us, questions the role we must play for future generations, and dares us to fearlessly hold on to the wild ride called life.

The Inheritance
 is the winner of more Best New Play Awards than any other play in West End history—including the 2019 Olivier Award!

“A glorious saga of modern life in New York.” - The Times (London) 

“This is not simply theatre. This is life. And, oh, how it makes you want to live.” London Daily Express

Audience Advisory

Adult themes & language w/ full nudity Mature audiences suggested No performance 12/25 & 12/31 add performance 12/23 & 12/30 at 7 pm


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September 27, 2019 - March 15, 2020

Wheelchair seating, assistive listening devices, handheld captions, and prerecorded audio description are always available.

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Closed Captioning

Captioning is available on your personal device via the GalaPro app or at the theatre with valid ID

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Audio Description: Pre-recorded

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Theatre Details


Ethel Barrymore Theatre
243 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

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Public Transportation

By Bus: M104, M10, M27, M50, M6, M7, or M42 bus.

By Subway: N, R, W to 49th St or the 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre. Take the C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchairs: Orchestra: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only. Mezzanine (second level): 3 flights of stairs up 30 steps. Please note, once on the Mezzanine level there are approximately 2 steps per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row E of the Front Mezzanine. Wheelchair Seating: 11 aisle seat with folding armrest, 5 wheelchair viewing seats, 4 companion seats.

Seating: Seats 1,096.Orchestra on ground level. Lower lounge, front mezzanine and rear mezzanine reached only by stairs.

Elevator\Escalator: There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.

Parking: Central Parking System, 257 West 47th St, (Broadway and 8th Ave); (212) 262-9778 225 West 49th St, 5 pm to 5 am. Port Parking Corporation, 235 West 48th St, (Broadway and 8th Ave);  (212) 245-9421

Curb Ramps: NW corner of 47th St. & Broadway; NE corner of 47th St. & 8th Ave.

Entrance: Double doors in series: 1st set (each 27.5") has one pair of automatic doors from 47th Street to ticket lobby with push button control; 2nd set (each 27", attended by ushers) to Orchestra.

Box Office: There are two steps into the theatre. Waiter service for wheelchair patrons is available. Theatre is not completely accessible.

Restroom: Unisex in Ticket lobby. Door 32". Stall 129" x 61.5". Commode 18". Grab bars. Another restroom is located up 2 flights of stairs.

Water Fountain: Ticket lobby. Spout 36".

Telephone: In lobby, accesible at 54" with utilitiy outlet

Assisted Listening System: Infrared listening system. Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Occasional sign language interpreted performances are scheduled.

Visual Assistance: Vision seats in the front of the orchestra for purchase in person or on the phone.

Folding Armrests: Eleven row-end seats with folding armrests.

Reviews (3)

The young New Yorkers who populate “The Inheritance,” directed with a forward-charging breathlessness by Stephen Daldry ... all dream big as well. At their noblest, they’re searching to summon the gay pioneers of the past who made their present lives possible. The combination of skyscraping reach and soap opera-ish pulp makes “The Inheritance” both easy to make fun of and hard to dislike. First staged in London, where it won the Olivier Award for best new play, the script merges the self-consciousness and avidity of its creator, Lopez, with that of its dramatis personae, who are in effect making up the work in which they appear as they go along.


Before the end of this two-part, six-and-a-half-hour play – opening tonight at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre – Lopez and his phenomenally good dozen-plus-member cast will demand a reckoning of the ages, of Forster’s restrictive closet, of Manhattan’s Plague Years and of today’s, well, whatever today is, mean and brutal and not entirely free of hope.Set mostly in 21st Century New York City and environs, The Inheritance extends, by 100 years and across vastly changed mores, Forster’s penetrating class-distinguishing gaze to the divisions – class, yes, but age, personal histories and, this being New York, degrees of ambition – among a tight group of youngish gay men in the “post-AIDS” years of the 2010's.


“The Inheritance” is not as embracing of all humanity, living and dead: Its characters are too shallow, too narcissistic, too selfish, too grounded in time and space. Nonetheless, “The Inheritance” will not easily be forgotten, either. The play is a remarkable slice of life in a time of war and a beautiful remembrance, “a haunting, a necessary haunting” of both the victims and the survivors of that war.