Vivian Beaumont Theater



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The theater is named after Vivian Beaumont Allen, a former actress and heiress to the May Department Stores fortune, who donated $3 million for a building to house a permanent dramatic repertory company at Lincoln Center in 1958. Allen died in 1962, and after several delays and estimated construction costs of $9.6 million, the Vivian Beaumont opened on October 21, 1965 with a revival of the 1835 play Danton's Death by Georg Büchner. The cast included James Earl Jones and Stacy Keach.
Until 1973, the theater was operated by the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Square Center, under the direction of Jules Irving and Herbert Blau. From 1973 until 1977, it was managed by the New York Shakespeare Festival, under the direction of Joseph Papp. Following a three-year period of inactivity, it reopened in 1980 under the auspices of the Lincoln Center Theater Company, directed by Richmond Crinkley.
Since 1985, the Vivian Beaumont has been operated by Lincoln Center Theater (now under the direction of André Bishop and Bernard Gersten). Vivian Beaumont Theater has been renovated to improve its acoustics and technical facilities several times over the years.
On some occasion the Vivian Beaumont Theater is rented to commercial producers, such as Alexander H. Cohen and Hildy Parks, who presented Peter Brook's production of La Tragedie de Carmen in 1983.
In the lower level of the building is the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, originally known as the Forum, an intimate, 299-seat venue in which Lincoln Center Theater presents its Off-Broadway-style plays and musicals.

Famous past Vivian Beaumont Theater productions:
1973: In the Boom Boom Room
1974: Short Eyes
1981: The Floating Light Bulb
1986: The House of Blue Leaves
1987: Anything Goes
1990: Six Degrees of Separation
1992: My Favorite Year
1994: Carousel
1995: Arcadia
1998: Parade
1999: Marie Christine
2000: Contact
2004: The Frogs
2005: The Light in the Piazza
2006: The Coast of Utopia
2008: South Pacific
2010: A Free Man of Color (Oct 2010-Jan 2011)