Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

The Inheritance - 2019 - Broadway

Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, Matthew Lopez’s two-part play The Inheritance, asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations.

Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece "Howards End" to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.

This epic new play by Matthew Lopez marks the Broadway debut of a bold new voice in American theatre, directed by visionary two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry.

The Inheritance is a life-affirming journey of tears and laughter, through conflicts and connections, heartbreak and hope. A new play, generations in the making.


Running Time: Part 1: 3 hours, 15 min, Part 2: 3 hours, 20 min

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
243 West 47th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The Inheritance

‘The Inheritance’ Review: So Many Men, So Much Time - New York Times
Ambition and achievement are not entirely commensurate in "The Inheritance." Its breadth doesn't always translate into depth. As fine as the acting is throughout - and quietly brilliant when the extraordinary veteran Lois Smith takes the stage, toward the very end, as the show's sole female character - none of the characters here have the textured completeness of those created by Forster and Kushner. Ultimately, the play twists itself into ungainly pretzels as it tries to join all the thematic dots on its immense canvas. Yet even by the end of the overwrought second half of "The Inheritance," you're likely to feel the abiding, welcome buzz of energy that comes from an unflagging will to question, to create, to contextualize, to - oh, why not? - only connect.

‘The Inheritance’ Is a Ravishing Theatrical Work That Urges Generations to Connect and Love - Rolling Stone
The best advice about seeing The Inheritance on Broadway - which you definitely should if you're looking for a head-spinning, heart-rending theatrical experience - is to forget the hype surrounding it. And that won't be easy. Playwright Matthew Lopez, a Puerto Rican transplanted to New York City from the Florida panhandle, is fresh from London where his ardently ambitious play about different generations of gay men living in post-AIDs Manhattan won an armful of Oliviers (the Brit Tonys named after the late, great Lord Larry) and gushy reviews that called it "the most important American play of the century." Try living up to that. You can't, but it's impossible not to marvel at the incisively hilarious and deeply humane effort put forth by Lopez, director Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot), and a cast that could not be better. The Inheritance is an emotional powerhouse. It's also approximately seven hours long. That means you have to see it in two parts (the . Another gay fantasia, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, pulled it off, but unless you're J.K. Rowling's pre-sold Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you're fighting an uphill battle.


The Inheritance Broadway Cast


by Nicole Rosky - March 15, 2020
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Matthew Lopez's The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry, was set to conclude its Broadway run today, March 15, after 46 previews and 138 regular performances. Instead, the show's run ended a few days early, due to Broadway's COVID-19 shut-down.
by Alexa Criscitiello - March 10, 2020
The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales: welcomes Samuel H. Levine of Broadway's The Inheritance. This Brooklyn, NY native is making his Broadway debut at 24, playing two different characters.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 20, 2020
Producers Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions, and Hunter Arnold announced today that Matthew Lopez' THE INHERITANCE, directed by Stephen Daldry, will conclude its Broadway run on Sunday, March 15th. THE INHERITANCE began previews on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theater (243 West 47th street) on Friday, September 27th, 2019 and officially opened on Sunday, November 17th, 2019. At the conclusion of the run, the production will have played 46 previews (28 of The Inheritance and 18 of The Inheritance Part 2) and 138 performances (86 of The Inheritance and 52 of The Inheritance Part 2).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 12, 2020
The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez has announced a new community engagement initiative: the 'Lobby Series.' For four consecutive weeks, beginning February 15, audience members with a ticket to The Inheritance PART 2 that evening are invited to join a moderated discussion in the lower lobby of the Barrymore Theatre at 6:00pm.
by Alexa Criscitiello - January 29, 2020
See brand new photos from the critically acclaimed Broadway production of THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez.  
by Stage Tube - January 17, 2020
On Friday morning, actors Tony Goldwyn, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap joined the 3rd hour of TODAY to discuss their critically acclaimed Broadway show, a?oeThe Inheritance,a?? which follows the lives of gay men in Manhattan a generation after the AIDS epidemic.
by Abigail Charpentier - January 11, 2020
Matthew Lopez and Kyle Soller discuss the inspiration for their emotional, critically acclaimed, six-hour-long Broadway play, The Inheritance, and what the two-part show has in common with a Netflix series.
by Linnae Medeiros - January 6, 2020
Tony Goldwyn officially joined the company of Matthew Lopez' The Inheritance on January 5 for a four month limited engagement, and we're getting a look inside the star's first bow in the critically-acclaimed play! Check it out with the curtain call video!
by Stephi Wild - January 5, 2020
Tony Goldwyn joins the company of Matthew Lopez' The Inheritance beginning tonight, January 5, for a four month limited engagement!
by Alexa Criscitiello - December 27, 2019
BroadwayWorld has teamed up with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - December 20, 2019
THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez has announced that $59 orchestra seats and $39 front mezzanine seats are available for all Wednesday matinee, Thursday and Friday performances through February 27th for a limited time only. The production is also offering these special rates for all performance December 20th a?" January 5th. On Friday, January 3, 2020 prices will go back up. Tickets for this special deal can be purchased at, by calling 212-239-6200 or by visiting the Barrymore Theatre (243 W 47th St). No special code is required.
by Stephi Wild - December 17, 2019
The critically acclaimed Broadway production of THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez has announced a new block of tickets are now on sale through Sunday, June 7, 2020. The new block of tickets is available for purchase at, by calling 212-239-6200 or by visiting the Barrymore Theatre (243 W 47th St).
by Alexa Criscitiello - December 9, 2019
It was announced today that Tony Goldwyn (ABC's a?oeScandal,a?? Broadway's Network) will join the company of Matthew Lopez' THE INHERITANCE, for a four month limited engagement beginning performances Sunday, January 5, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - December 2, 2019
Andy Cohen gave back this Thanksgiving weekend by giving out 200 tickets to The Inheritance to constituents of New York City's LGBTQ Center, in honor of World AIDS Day, according to People.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - November 27, 2019
The Inheritance, a critically-acclaimed play has been taking Broadway by storm and now is your opportunity to see the show!
by TV - Opening Night Special - November 18, 2019
The Barrymore Theatre was the place to be yesterday as the best of Broadway came out to celebrate an epic opening day of The Inheritance- directed by multi Olivier and Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix's 'The Crown') and designed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Bob Crowley.
by Jennifer Broski - November 18, 2019
The Barrymore Theatre was the place to be yesterday as the best of Broadway came out to celebrate an epic opening day of The Inheritance- directed by multi Olivier and Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix's 'The Crown') and designed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Bob Crowley.
by Michael Dale - November 18, 2019
'He thought of all the men who died in those years and what they might have become, what the world would look like today had they been allowed to end their story on their own terms. Eric wondered what his life would be like if he had not been robbed of a generation of mentors, of poets, of friends and, perhaps even lovers.'
by Walter McBride - November 17, 2019
The Inheritance officially opened tonight on Broadway! BroadwayWorld attended the big night and we're taking you on the red carpet. Stars in attendance included George Takei, Anderson Cooper, Judith Light, Matt Bomer, Glenn Close, Jimmy Fallon, Antoni Porowski, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and many more!