Roundabout Theatre Company
LocationMidtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
TypeNon-profit theatre company

The Roundabout Theatre Company is a leading non-profit theatre company based in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, affiliated with the League of Resident Theatres.


The company was founded in 1965 by Gene Feist, Michael Fried and Elizabeth Owens. Originally housed at a Chelsea, Manhattan, grocery store, on 26th Street, it moved to the nearby 23rd Street Theatre in 1972, performing there until their lease expired in 1984.[1] The company now operates five theatres, all in Manhattan: the American Airlines Theatre (for classic Broadway plays and musicals); Studio 54 (for Broadway musicals and special events); the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (a new theater that incorporates the original facade of the historical Henry Miller Theatre);[2] the Laura Pels Theatre (for new off-Broadway works by established playwrights); and the Roundabout Underground Black Box Theatre (for new work of emerging writers and directors). The latter two theatres are located in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (the former American Place Theatre).[3][4] The Center was developed, with financial support from the Steinbergs, "to support its artistic mission of fostering emerging talent in playwriting, performance, and stagecraft."[5]

Previously, Roundabout also occupied 44 Union Square.[6]

The Roudabout Theatre originally started in the basement of a supermarket around 18th Street and Sixth Avenue.

Production history

Criterion Center Stage Right at the Olympia Theatre, 1991–1999[7]

American Airlines Theatre

Studio 54

Laura Pels Theatre

Gramercy Theatre

Stephen Sondheim Theatre


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Drama Desk Awards

Laurence Olivier Awards

Lucille Lortel Awards

Roundabout productions have received 9 Lucille Lortel Awards. Derek McLane and Catherine Zuber won Outstanding Set and Costume Design Awards for 2004's Intimate Apparel. Reg Rogers won an Outstanding Actor award for 2002's The Dazzle. Kenneth Posner won an Outstanding Lighting Design Award for 2000's Give Me Your Answer, Do!. Robert Brill with Scott Pask, Jess Goldstein, and Kevin Adams won Awards for Outstanding Set, Costume, and Lighting Design for 1999's The Mineola Twins. 1998's All My Sons won an award for Outstanding Revival. 1996's Molly Sweeney won an award for Outstanding Play of the Season.

Theatre World Awards

29 performers in Roundabout productions have won Theatre World Awards, which honors achievement in "breakout" performances. Winners are Christopher Goutman in 1979's The Promise, Boyd Gaines in 1981's A Month in the Country, Lisa Banes in 1981's Look Back in Anger, Anthony Heald in 1982's Misalliance, Kate Burton in 1983's Winners, Mark Capri in 1985's On Approval, Lindsay Crouse in 1992's The Homecoming, Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in 1993's Anna Christie, Calista Flockhart and Kevin Kilner in 1995's The Glass Menagerie, Helen Mirren in 1995's A Month in the Country, Alfred Molina in 1996's Molly Sweeney, Helen Carey in 1997's London Assurance, Alan Cumming in 1998's Cabaret, Henry Czerny in 2000's Arms and the Man, Juliette Binoche in 2001's Betrayal, David Warner in 2002's Major Barbara, Victoria Hamilton in 2003's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Antonio Banderas and Mary Stuart Masterson for 2003's Nine, Alexander Gemignani in 2004's Assassins, Carla Gugino in 2005's After the Fall, Mamie Gummer in 2006's Mr. Marmalade, Nellie McKay in 2006's The Threepenny Opera, Harry Connick Jr. in 2006's The Pajama Game, Ben Daniels in 2008's Les Liaisons dangereuses, and Jenna Russell in 2008's Sunday in the Park with George.

Tony Awards

Obie Awards

They have won 8 Obie Awards. 2004's Intimate Apparel, 2003's All Over, 2002's The Dazzle, 1999's The Mineola Twins, and 1981's The Chalk Garden won Performance Awards for Viola Davis, Rosemary Harris, Peter Frechette and Reg Rogers, Swoosie Kurtz, and Irene Worth respectively. Emily Mann also won a Direction Obie Award for 2003's All Over. Most recently, Amy Ryan won in 2017 for her performance in Love, Love, Love.[10]

Other awards

Roundabout has received 41 Outer Critics Circle Awards.


  1. ^ Simonson, Robert (2014-03-19). "Gene Feist, Founder of Roundabout Theatre Company, Dies at 91". Playbill. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  2. ^ Healy, Patrick. "One More Birthday Gift for Sondheim: A Broadway Theater", The New York Times, March 22, 2010
  3. ^ "A Short History of Roundabout" at Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Roundabout Theatre Company – Our Theatres" at Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  5. ^ Architectural Record Building Types Study – Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre Archived May 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Robertson, Nan (1986-08-19). "Roundabout Prospers in New Home". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  7. ^ Criterion Center Stage Right at the Internet Broadway Database
  8. ^ "An Almost Holy Picture". Internet Broadway Database.
  9. ^ ​The Paris Letter​ at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  10. ^ Obie Awards, 2017 Winners.