The Inheritance - Part 1

The Inheritance - Part 1

PLEASE NOTEThe Inheritance is performed in two parts. Find more information about The Inheritance - Part 2 here.

Written by Matthew Lopez and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance first premiered at the Young Vic in London in March 2018, winning rave reviews from the London critics. Thanks to producers Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold, a West End transfer was granted, playing the Noel Coward Theatre from September 2018 through January 19, and the production would ultimately be rewarded with an impressive total of eight Olivier Award nominations (winning four, including “Best Director” for Stephen Daldry and “Best New Play”).

Although London is its birthplace, the epic drama, separated into two parts, was seemingly born to play the New York stage. And now, courtesy of Sonia, Tom and Hunter (once again), that destiny has been fulfilled with a Broadway transfer to the Barrymore Theatre.

Inspired by E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End, The Inheritance centers on a group of young gay men, living in New York City in a post-AIDS era, asking questions about 21st century gay identity, relationships and love within the LGBT+ community, and what this current generation owes to its predecessors.

Through the character of breakthrough playwright Toby Darling, The Inheritance also examines the ins and outs of Broadway as an industry, as well as the rewards and challenges of working in such a close-knit community and the perils of mixing business with pleasure. In addition, New York hotspots such as Fire Island also play a role in this love/hate letter to the Big Apple.

With a minimalist scenic design by Bob Crowley and beautifully subtle lighting by Jon Clark, The Inheritance relies heavily on Lopez’s dialogue and the relationships brought to life by the ensemble cast, who take us on a heart-wrenching and reflective journey, accompanied by bloody marys, sweat and tears… And we guarantee you’ll be shedding the odd tear yourselves thanks to the coups de théâtre this emotionally-charged production provides.

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)

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Running time: 
3hrs 15mins (including 2 intermissions)
21 images
About The Inheritance - Part 1:

It begins with a gathering of young, gay New Yorkers. Each has a story aching to come out… Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, Matthew Lopez’s highly-anticipated 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. 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.


Child Policy:
Due to the production's adult themes, sexual content, nudity, violence and adult language, The Inheritance is suitable for ages 16 and above.
Matthew Lopez
Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hunter Arnold
Stephen Daldry
Jon Clark
Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid
Bob Crowley
Bob Crowley
Cast list:
Jordan Barbour (as Young Man 6 / Tristan), Jonathan Burke (as Young Man 5 / Agent), Andrew Burnap (as Young Man 10 / Toby Darling), Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr. (as Young Man 2 / Jason #1), Dylan Frederick (as Young Man 4 / Young Walter), Tony Goldwyn (as Henry Wilcox), Kyle Harris (as Young Man 7 / Jasper), Paul Hilton (as Morgan / Walter), Samuel H. Levine (as Young Man 1 / Adam / Leo), Carson McCalley (as Young Man 3 / Young Henry), Kyle Soller (as Young Man 9 / Eric Glass), and Arturo Luis Soria (as Young Man 8 / Jason #2)
Other info:
Music by Paul Englishby
The Inheritance - Part 1 Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 27, 2019
Opening date: 
November 17, 2019
March 11, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Barrymore Theatre

243 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street station

Latest The Inheritance - Part 1 News & Features

Tony Goldwyn & Kyle Soller in The Inheritance
The Inheritance confirms Broadway closing date
February 21, 2020

Producers of the Olivier Award-winning 'Best New Play' The Inheritance have now announced a Broadway closing date, with the production playing its final performances at the Barrymore Theatre on March 15, 2020. Upon closing, the two-part drama will have played a total of 46 previews and 138 regular performances.

John Benjamin Hickey
New York Theatre Guide at the Opening Night of The Inheritance on Broadway
November 18, 2019

Yesterday the New York Theatre Guide was on hand to celebrate the official opening of a two-part, monumental play that is hotly tipped for Tonys glory this season. Having already swept the board across the pond, winning four Olivier Awards at this year's ceremony in London, the success of The Inheritance looks to continue in the same vein with rave reviews here in the Big Apple... the place it was always meant to belong! Read Mark Shenton's 5* review here! Read our full New York Theatre Guide to The Inheritance here.

Kyle Soller in The Inheritance
A New York Theatre Guide to... The Inheritance!
November 18, 2019

Commissioned in Hartford, Connecticut, born in London, England… but always destined for New York City! The Broadway premiere of Matthew Lopez’s Olivier Award-winning ‘Best New Play’ The Inheritance is now officially open, having begun preview performances at the Barrymore Theatre on September 27, 2019. This equally hilarious and devastating masterpiece is told over the course of two parts under the Olivier Award-winning direction of Stephen Daldry and follows in the footsteps of Angels in America both in terms of its epic scope and its importance in theatre and society in general.

Kyle Soller & John Benjamin Hickey in The Inheritance
Official Broadway production photos released for The Inheritance
November 15, 2019

Producers of the Broadway premiere of Matthew Lopez's epic drama The Inheritance, which won the 2019 Olivier Award for 'Best Play' following its London world premiere, have now released official photography. Part 1 of the production began performances at the Barrymore Theatre on September 27, 2019, with Part 2 joining it from October 11, and both parts are set to celebrate an official opening this coming Sunday, November 17.

Our The Inheritance - Part 1 Review

The arrival of The Inheritance at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway is a momentous homecoming for a play that, despite receiving its world premiere in London last year (first at the Young Vic in March before transferring to the West End's Noel Coward last September), not only belongs in New York City but is also mostly set there. It speaks directly to and about a community that was on the... Read more