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The Heiress - 2012 - Broadway


Acclaimed actress Jessica Chastain, winner of 2011 New York, Los Angeles and Chicago Film Critics and National Board of Review Awards and recently nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, will make her Broadway debut starring in the Tony Award-winning play The Heiress.

Written by Ruth Goetz & Augustus Goetz, The Heiress will be directed by Tony Award nominated playwright and director Moises Kaufman and will open in the Fall of 2012 at a theatre to be announced.

The Heiress will be produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland. This production marks 17 years since the celebrated play was last seen on Broadway. The Heiress is based on the classic Henry James novel Washington Square and became an Academy Award-winning film. The dramatic and suspenseful play features one of the great female roles written for the stage.

The original production of The Heiress, suggested by the Henry James novel Washington Square, premiered on Broadway in 1947 at the Biltmore Theatre. The 1949 Academy Award winning movie version was adapted from the play by the Goetzes, and was directed by William Wyler, starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Ralph Richardson.


Walter Kerr Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
219 West 48th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The Heiress

'The Heiress' review: Chastain isn't pretty - Newsday
Maybe, if someone never saw the revelatory Cherry Jones in the 1995 revival of "The Heiress," well, maybe the one now starring Jessica Chastain would make the 1947 drama by Ruth and Augustus Goetz feel like a genuine demi-classic discovery.

Theater Review: 'The Heiress' - amNY
While "The Heiress" might fall short of being great dramatic literature, it does make for an entertaining star vehicle filled with elaborate turn-of-the-century costumes, references to high society and plenty of bold dramatic gestures…what really distinguishes [Chastain's] performance, which marks her Broadway debut, is how she convincingly evolves from an insecure, loving young girl into a steely, bitter woman. Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley on the English television series "Downton Abbey," also makes a fine New York stage debut, hiding his character's unsavory motives behind a sunny, guileless facade. Strathairn maintains a dour disposition to the role of the doctor, while Judith Ivey brings a sweet and lively presence as Catherine's warm aunt Lavinia.



by BWW News Desk - February 4, 2013
The producers of the new Broadway revival of THE HEIRESS have just announced that the production will recoup its $3 million capitalization during the final week of performances. The final performance is on Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. (note the new early curtain time) at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC). THE HEIRESS will have played 27 previews and 117 regular performances.
by BWW Staff - February 4, 2013
The cast of Broadway's THE HEIRESS was increased by one at this past Saturday's matinee performance. Deep into the drama's second act, at perhaps the most climactic point of the show, an adorable three legged dog unexpectedly pranced onto the stage.
by BWW News Desk - January 25, 2013
The producers of the new Broadway revival of THE HEIRESS have announced that the production will now play its final performance on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. (note the new early curtain time). The previously scheduled Sunday, February 10 closing performance has been cancelled to enable Jessica Chastain, who plays the title character, to attend the BAFTA Awards (the British equivalent to the Academy Awards) where she is nominated for Best Actress on Sunday, February 10th in London. Ms. Chastain is nominated for an Academy Award and has already received Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for her performance in the film Zero Dark Thirty. THE HEIRESS is currently playing at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC).
by TV News Desk - January 17, 2013
Jessica Chastain, currently starring in Broadway's 'The Heiress', stopped by Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART last night to discuss her latest film 'Zero Dark Thirty'. Check out the appearance in full below!
by BWW News Desk - January 7, 2013
The hit Broadway revival of The Heiress has partnered with on an exclusive sweepstakes where fans can enter to win round trip air travel for two to New York City, a two night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan and a pair of tickets to The Heiress, plus a backstage tour of the Walter Kerr Theatre. For more information, go to
by BWW News Desk - January 7, 2013
THE HEIRESS' Jessica Chastain is set to appear on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" tomorrow morning, January 8, to discuss the new film "Zero Dark Thirty." Check your local listings.
by BWW News Desk - January 5, 2013
Previously, we reported that THE HEIRESS' Jessica Chastain would be missing performances on Broadway on January 10th, 13th and 27th to support her film Zero Dark Thirty at the Critic's Choice, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Now, one more date has been added to the list, Tuesday January 8th, when she will be honored by the National Board of Review.
by BWW News Desk - December 30, 2012
THE HEIRESS' Jessica Chastain announced on her Facebook page on Thursday that she will not be performing on Broadway on January 10th, 13th and 27th to support her film Zero Dark Thirty at the Critic's Choice, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Her understudy Mairin Lee will be playing the role of 'Catherine' on those dates.
by Movies News Desk - December 19, 2012
As reported by Variety, star of 'Downton Abbey' and Broadway's The Heiress, Dan Stevens is in talks to join DreamWorks' untitled Wikileaks movie, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Bill Condon.
by BWW News Desk - December 13, 2012
Currently starring in THE HEIRESS as the homely Catherine Sloper on Broadway, Jessica Chastain appeared on 'Chelsea Lately' to talk about her role as a powerful woman in the action thriller ZERO DARK THIRTY, coming to theaters Dec. 19. Click below to watch the interview!
by Stage Tube - November 9, 2012
On yesterday's episode of 'The View' on ABC, Jessica Chastain stopped by and discussed the excitement surrounding her first Broadway play, The Heiress. Check out the full interview below!
by TV News Desk - November 8, 2012
On this morning's 'Good Morning America' on ABC, Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens discussed the excitement surrounding their first Broadway play, THE HEIRESS. Check out their appearance below!
by BWW News Desk - November 7, 2012
The Heiress' Jessica Chastain & Dan Stevens will appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" tomorrow, Thursday, September 8th between 8:30AM-9:00AM on channel 7. Jessica Chastain will also appear on ABC's "The View" tomorrow between 11:00AM-12 noon on channel 7. Check local listings.
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 4, 2012
The new Broadway production of the Tony Award winning play The Heiress defied Hurricane Sandy and opened on Thursday night, November 1. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the whole team on the big night. Check out what they had to say by clicking below!
by Walter McBride - November 2, 2012
Scroll down for photos from the opening night red carpet arrivals!
by Walter McBride - November 2, 2012
Scroll down for photos from the opening night party!