The entrance to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located on street level at 261 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). An elevator, located at the right of the box office lobby, provides easy access to all levels of the theatre, as well as the Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Lounge (which has restrooms, concessions, coat lockers and the MTC gift shop) and the mezzanine lounge/restroom area.
Performances for People With Hearing Loss:
Open Captioning is provided at select performances and is offered for those who have hearing loss and may not benefit from an assistive listening device. During an Open Caption performance, an electronic text display to the side of the stage shows the dialogue from the production and describes sound effects on stage in real time. All Open Caption performances are organized through the TAP program run by the Theatre Development Fund (TDF). If you are interested in attending one of these performances, please visit TheatreAccess.nyc for further details.
Please Note: There will be an Audio Described Performance of How I Learned to Drive on Saturday - April 18 @ 2pm.
There will be an Open Captioned Performance of How I Learned to Drive on Saturday - May 9 @ 2pm.
Performances for the Partially Sighted and Blind:
The Friedman Theatre offers limited front orchestra seating for audience members with vision impairments. These seats can be purchased at the box office window or by calling Telecharge Access Services at (866) 300-9761.
Access Ticket Information:
To purchase, call Telecharge Access Services at: (866) 300-9761; TDD/TTY: (888)889-8587. To order wheelchair or transfer arm locations click the FIND TICKETS button and use the link for Wheelchair-Only Locations & Transfer Arm Seats.
Limited Mobility Seating:
In addition to wheelchair accessible seating, seats with removable armrests are available at the Friedman. Please be aware that there are stairs in the aisles. If you have difficulty with stairs but do not need a seat with a removable armrest, you should purchase seats in the following locations: Row P or Row Q in the Orchestra, Row AA in the Premier Circle or Row F in the Mezzanine. The Friedman Theatre is also equipped with a motorized lift. This provides easy access to seats in the front orchestra on house left (rows AA – F, odd-numbered seats) for those who have difficulty with stairs. Audience members requiring the use of this lift should speak with a member of the theatre staff when they arrive.
When possible, please alert the box office or a Telecharge.com ticketing agent about any special needs before purchasing tickets in order to ensure you get the most appropriate seating.
Wheelchair accessible seating may be purchased by phone, in person and online. If you are coming to the theatre in a wheelchair and cannot or do not wish to transfer to a theatre seat, please indicate that when purchasing your ticket to ensure that you are seated in wheelchair seating. To purchase wheelchair seating for the Friedman Theatre, please visit Telecharge.com, call (212) 239-6222 or (866) 300-9761 (outside of the NY metro area) or visit the Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Please specify that you need wheelchair seating when placing your ticket order. Seats adjacent to the wheelchair locations are available for purchase for companion seating.
Orchestra: There are steps between the rows in the Orchestra.
Premier Circle / Mezzanine (second level / third level): The entrance to the second level at row AA is up 2 flights of stairs (19 steps). The rear entrance to the second level seating is considered the third level. It is up 4 flights of stairs (35 steps) from street level.
Wheelchair | Companion Seat Locations:
Orchestra: O123 | O121, O117, O119; O124 | O122, O118, O120; P101 | Q105, Q107, Q109; P102 | Q106, Q108, Q110; P119 | Q115; Q111, Q113; A117 | C121; D119, D121
Mezzanine: E4 | E2, D6, D8
Aisle Seat with Folding Armrest | Companion Locations:
Orchestra: N127 | N125; O101 | O103; O102 | O104
Mezzanine: F101 | F102; F121 | F120
Assistive listening devices and hearing-aid compatible devices are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Friedman, these devices are located at the podium to the left as you enter the inner lobby of the theatre. the house manager or staff on duty will provide you with a headset in exchange for a credit card, driver’s license or other form of identification, which will be returned to you at the end of the performance. Please note: headsets not obtained at the theatre will not work with our enhanced listening systems.
Audio description is available on-demand at any performance beginning 3 weeks after opening night. The pre-recorded audio description is delivered via a headset and a small receiver, using advanced technology to synchronize with the action on stage. The house manager or staff on duty will provide you with the equipment in exchange for a credit card, driver’s license or other form of identification, which will be returned to you at the end of the performance. Devices are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
On-Demand Closed Captioning
Using the latest technology, closed captioning is now available on-demand at any performance at the Friedman Theatre, beginning 3 weeks after opening night. The action on stage is synchronized with captions on a small handheld device displaying in real time. The house manager or staff on duty will provide you with the equipment in exchange for a credit card, driver’s license or other form of identification, which will be returned to you at the end of the performance. Devices are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Braille and Large Print Playbills
Manhattan Theatre Club will provide Braille and Large Print versions of all Playbills for audience members with vision impairments. At the Friedman, these are located at the podium to the left as you enter the inner lobby of the theatre.
Yes. The elevator stops at the Premier Circle level and the Rear Mezzanine level. Patrons can walk directly from the elevator to the Premier Circle area and from the elevator to the entrance at the Rear Mezzanine at Row F.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms available on lower level and mezzanine level.
Lower and mezzanine levels (Accessible - Single at 36" AFF)
For more information on accessibility at Manhattan Theatre Club, click here.