The production of classic plays is the founding cornerstone of Roundabout Theatre Company’s mission and programming. Beginning with Strindberg’s The Father during our first season in 1966, Roundabout has produced over 200 play revivals, evolving into New York’s preeminent cultural institution for the production of classic plays. Roundabout plays are synonymous with high production values, unique artistic collaborations, and accessibility. Our productions invite audiences of all backgrounds—whether they’re subscribers, teachers, students, novices, aficionados, or tourists—to engage in a dialogue between the world of the play and their personal experience.
The production of high quality classic plays is often fraught with significant fiscal challenges due to the often elaborate costumes, multiple sets, and well-known casts. Production costs in New York City are also higher than anywhere else in the country, including technical, administrative and artistic expenses. Regardless of these challenges, Roundabout Theatre Company continues to produce classic plays that enrich the landscape of New York City’s theatre community.
Our most notable classic plays include the works of Samuel Beckett, Noël Coward, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Terrence Rattigan, George Bernard Shaw, August Strindberg, Tennessee Williams, and many other great playwrights.
Pictured at top: Jessica Lange in Long Day's Journey Into Night. Photo by Joan Marcus