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The Circle in the Square Theatre is a legitimate Broadwaymarker theatre in midtown Manhattanmarker on 50th Street.

The original Circle in the Square was founded founded by Paul Libin, Theodore Mann and Jose Quintero in 1951 and was located at 5 Sheridan Square (a brownstone) in Greenwich Villagemarker. The original Circle in the Square did not have a theater license, but Quintero was able to get a cabaret license; the production staff and off duty actors served as waiters if anyone insisted on ordering food or drinks. Many of the theater personnel, both acting and technical, lived on the premises. In 1960 the company moved to the Circle in the Square Downtown, on Bleecker Streetmarker in Greenwich Village.

Designed by architect Alan Sayles, the present home of the company is one of two theatres in the Paramount Plazamarker office tower. Its much bigger sibling is the Gershwin Theatre. The theatre entrance lobbies are side by side but separated by a wall. The company retains the downtown premises, but rents them out.

The Gershwin and Circle in the Square were built in 1970 when the Uris Brothers tore down the Capitol Theatre to build the tower (with the Gershwin originally being called the Uris Theatre).

It originally served as the uptown home to the Circle-in-the-Square repertory company. Their first production on Broadway, a revival of Mourning Becomes Electra, opened on November 15, 1972.

The theatre is below street level. The rather small auditorium has a seating capacity of 650. It is one of only two Broadway houses with a thrust stage (the other is Lincoln Centermarker's Vivian Beaumont Theatremarker).

The building also houses the Circle in the Square Theatre Schoolmarker, the only accredited training conservatory associated with a Broadway theatre, which offers a two-year training program in acting.

Notable productions


  1. Mourning Becomes Electra at the Internet Broadway Database

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