Lamb's Theatre

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Lamb's Theatre
Address 130 West 44th Street
New York City
United States
Owner Carolyn Rossi Copeland
Type Thrust
Capacity 350
Current use Hotel
Opened 1981 (1905 as a fraternal club of actors [1])
Closed 2007
Years active 1981–2007
Architect Stanford White

Lamb's Theatre was an Off-Broadway theater located at 130 West 44th Street, New York City[2] inside the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene, near Times Square in New York City. It seated approximately 350 and specialized in musical productions.[3] The building was built in 1904–05 in Neo-Georgian style, originally designed by Stanford White.[4] The Lamb's Theater is not related in any way to the historic theater club, The Lambs.

In 2007, the venue was closed to make way for a hotel development.[5][6][7]


The six-story building originally housed a fraternal club of theater professionals called The Lambs, taking after a club in England started by Charles Lamb in 1868. The members included Fred Astaire, Mark Twain, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.[1][8]

In the mid-1970s, the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene bought the Lamb's building for the sake of making it into a mission. The Lambs club moved to 3 West 51st Street in 1975. In 1978, Lamb's Theatre Company was created by Carolyn Rossi Copeland and it hosted the successful "Broadway for Kids" series. In 1981, the renovated 3rd floor theatre had its first show, Cotton Patch Gospel and was penned the "Gem of Times Square". With a list of over 50 productions or stages, in 1984 they opened a Lamb's Little Theatre on the first floor.[9]

Performance history



  1. ^ a b Robertson, Campbell, "Lamb's Theater Company Receives Eviction Notice", The New York Times, June 2, 2006
  2. ^ Address and Seating Archived 2012-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved December 30, 2009
  3. ^ Johnson, David."The Lamb's Stands Up Off Broadway", October 1, 1999
  4. ^ Description of Building Hudson Design, retrieved December 30, 2009
  5. ^ "Press release: The Lamb’s Closes its Doors for New Hotel" Archived 2008-07-23 at the Wayback Machine, March 9, 2007
  6. ^ Robertson, Campbell, "Lamb's Theater Company Receives Eviction Notice", The New York Times, June 2, 2006
  7. ^ Sargent, Greg, "New Hotel Threatens Lovely Lambs Theater", The New York Observer, October 17, 1999
  8. ^ "The Lambs: A Brief History : America's First Professional Theatrical Club - Est. 1874" Archived 2014-09-11 at the Wayback Machine, The Lambs, Inc.
  9. ^ "Lamb's Theatre History"
  10. ^ List of productions at Lambs Theatre
  11. ^ Lamb's Theatre listing, retrieved December 30, 2009
  12. ^ Kalcheim, Lee, "Breakfast with Les and Bess: a comedy in two acts", Samuel French Inc.

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