For much of our history, the public had no chance to see inside the 173-year-old mansion that has been home to The Players since its start.
Today, tours are offered for groups of five or more, led by Players with extensive docent training.
The 60-minute tour includes the room in which actors met secretly in 1913 to form the labor union Actors' Equity Association; the pool table where Mark Twain and his fellows played; displays of stage props and costumes dating to the 18th century; and an extensive, museum quality art collection. Edwin Booth’s bedroom suite offers visitors an extraordinary view of our founder's life as the most acclaimed American actor of his day.
The tour also includes the Hampden-Booth Theatre Library, part of a vital collection of books, periodicals, and other artifacts of American and British theatre history across four centuries.
Tours are moderately priced, with allowances for students and seniors. Tours may also be tailored to special interests, such as art and architecture, history of New York, American theatre history, and other subjects.
For further information, contact Docent Chair Brenda Gelles.