Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre

 

“To hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature.” -Hamlet, act 3, scene 2

The 250-seat Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre is located at the heart of the Charles River campus at 820 Commonwealth Avenue. The intent behind the Joan & Edgar Booth theatre is exact: create a 21st century learning environment to educate the next generation of artists and engage audiences in an immersive experience.

The purposeful, flexible design of the Booth Theatre allows for the evolution of performances and a deep engagement with audiences. Through the configuration of seating risers, opening of the single trap door, installation of set pieces and drapes, and use of creative lighting, the space can be transformed to create a unique performance and audience experience. The building’s massive tipped façade serves as a mirror, coupled with a proscenium-inspired wrapper, to put pedestrians and Comm Ave on stage.

The project is funded in part by a naming gift of $10 million from BU trustee Steve Zide (LAW’86). The theatre is named after Steve’s theatre-loving wife, Janet Zide’s parents, Joan and Edgar Booth. Edgar Booth passed away recently, but Zide’s mother-in-law, Joan Booth, remains an active patron of the arts and a Broadway aficionado. 

Designed by internationally-recognized Elkus | Manfredi Architects. The construction for this complex was managed by the Bond Brothers


By the Numbers

  • $10M $10 million naming gift from BU trustee Steve Zide
  • 250 seat theatre
  • 1 motorized lighting catwalk
  • 9 motorized trusses for lighting and scenic elements
  • 450 students in the School of Theatre impacted by this new space
  • 290 parking spaces

2018 Season


Experience Booth Theatre


Season Recap 2017-18

Take a peek at a few of the highlights from this past season:

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  • BCAP - Boston Center for American Performance presents THE JOURNEY. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

  • BCAP - Boston Center for American Performance presents THE JOURNEY. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

  • BCAP - Boston Center for American Performance presents THE JOURNEY. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents RHINOCEROS. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents RHINOCEROS. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents RHINOCEROS. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents ANTIGONE. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.

  • Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents ANTIGONE. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.


Getting Here

820 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(For GPS, use 808 Commonwealth Avenue. Boston University’s Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center are located right next door.)

Accessible entrance through the Production Center doors on Essex street!

Public Transit
Accessible by the MBTA Green Line. Take the B line to the BU West station.
Accessible by the MBTA CT2 and 57 bus lines.
BU Shuttle stop M2.

Parking
Street parking is available on and around Commonwealth Avenue. BU parking lots and garages are also available. Lot F is the parking lot at Booth Theatre; garage entrance is at 128 Essex Street. This lot will open 90 minutes prior to performances. Rates will vary. Please consult bu.edu/parking for more information.