Viewing page 17 of 27

At This Theatre
The Royale

The Shubert Organization's Royale Theatre opened in 1927 with a show called Piggy. The theatre was rechristened the Golden in 1934 and was a CBS radio theatre from 1936 to 1940. The Shuberts acquired it after that and restored it to the Royale.

Its most recent productions: a revival of The Elephant Man starring Billy Crudup; John Leguizamo's Sexaholix; A Love Story; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Copenhagen; The Price; Art; Triumph of Love; Skylight; Inherit the Wind; An Inspector Calls; The Kentucky Cycle; Conversation with My Father with Judd Hirsch (Tony Award); Lend Me a Tenor with Philip Bosco (Tony Award); David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow with Ron Silver (Tony Award), Joe Mantegna and Madonna making her Broadway debut; Caryl Churchill's British satire Serious Money; Roza, a musical directed by Harold Prince; Broadway, a revival of George Abbott and Philip Dunning's famed 1926 play on the occasion of Abbott's 100th birthday; Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance with a dazzling Tony Award-winning turn by Bernadette Peters and the dancing virtuosity of Christopher and Charlotte d'Amboise; the British hit Pack of Lies starring Rosemary Harris; Home Front, starting Carroll O'Connor and Frances Sternhagen; Kipling, a one-man show starring Alec McCowen; a musical version of Saroyan's The Human Comedy; Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's biblical rock musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Anne Bancroft and Max von Sydow in Duet for One; and Mary Tyler Moore in a revised version of the hit British play Whose Life Is It Anyway?, in which she played the role originally acted by Tom Conti.

From 1972 to April 13, 1980, the mega-hit Grease played here and became the longest-running Broadway musical up to that time with 3,388 performances. Other hits of the 1970's included Robert Marasco's chiller Child's Play with Ken Howard (Tony), Pat Hingle, Fritz Weaver (Tony) and David Rounds; and Michael Weller's Moonchildren.

Highlights of the 1960's included Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn in Becket, which moved here from the St. James; From the Second City, a hit revue from Chicago with deft improvisation by Alan Arkin, Barbara Harris, Paul Sand and others; Tennessee William's The Night of the Iguana, starring Margaret Leighton (who won a Tony Award for her luminous performance), Bette Davis, Alan Webb and Patrick O'Neill; S.N. Behrman's Lord Pengo, a high comedy about an art dealer, starring Charles Boyer, Agnes Moorehead, Brian Bedford and Henry Daniell; Coral Browne and Keith Mitchell in Anouilh's The Rehearsal; Enid Bagnold's The Chinese Prime Minister; Frank Gilroy's Pulitzer Prize play, The Subject Was Roses, starring Jack Albertson (who won a Tony Award for his performance), Irene Dailey and Martin Sheen; Jason Robards in O'Neill's Hughie; Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson, Brenda Vaccaro and Robert Moore in the hit comedy Cactus Flower, and Robert Shaw's play The Man in the Glass Booth, starring Donald Pleasence and directed by Harold Pinter.

Past hits: La Plume de Ma Tante (1958); Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer (1958); The Matchmaker (1955); The Boy Friend (1954); Geraldine Page, Louis Jordan and James Dean in Gide's The Immoralist (1954).

Space limitations prevent us from mentioning all the productions which have played this theatre.

[[end page]]
[[start page]]


[[copyright symbol]]2004 Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC Please always wear your seat belt. Call 1-800-FOR-MERCEDES or visit

[[top left image - black & white photograph of tall man standing next to a Mercedes sedan]]

[[top right image - color photograph of a man standing next to a white Mercedes convertible]]

[[middle left image - color photograph of a man sitting on fender of a white Mercedes convertible]]

[[middle right image - color photograph of woman leaning on a white Mercedes sedan]]

[[bottom left image - color photograph of a man leaning on a white Mercedes sport utility vehicle]]

[[bottom middle image - black & white photograph of a man with foot on bumper of a black Mercedes sedan]]

[[bottom right image - color photograph of a man with foot on bumper of a white Mercedes sedan]]

The most common photograph taken is with a loved one.

Unlike any other. Mercedes-Benz

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact