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30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217


One of the New York area's most important entertainment and arts venues, BAM provides a focus on avant-garde performance art and progressive dance for both the local community and those from further afield. Over 550,000 pass through its doors annually, no mean feat from having opened in 1861 and beginning performances in its present location in 1908.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Steel Hammer

    Opens Dec 02

  • Hard Nut

    Opens Dec 13

  • Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

    Opens Dec 15

  • The Glory of the World

    Opens Jan 16, 2016

  • Richard II

    Opens Mar 24, 2016

Steel Hammer

BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater

December 2-6, 2015

The legends of John Henry are various and often disputed; he's been sung about by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash. The African-American railroad worker reputedly died moments after outperforming a steam-powered drill while working on a tunnel, with his hammer still in his hand. Now Pulitzer Prize winning composer Julia Wolfe takes her 2009 opera work to BAM for a stripped back country music version, which sets out to distill the various incarnations of the tale into a definitive version.

Hard Nut

BAM Gilman Opera House

December 13-19, 2015

The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the renowned Mark Morris Dance Company are once again joining forces to bring you a Nutcracker like no other. If you're tired of the same Christmas tradition year in and year out, then the outrageous modern dance revamp that is Hard Nut is for you! Expect the spectacle of the Nutcracker ballet with a sprinkling of naughtiness and a whole lot of heart.

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

BAM Fisher

December 15-20, 2015

Conceived, written and directed by Royal Shakespeare Company alum Paterson Joseph (HBO's The Leftovers) Sancho: An Act of Remembrance is just that. An often moving, witty and always charming exploration of the remarkable life of one Charles "Sancho" Ignatius, an 18th Century actor, satirist and composer and also England's first ever British African to have the vote. As one of the most respected figures of his day, 'Sancho' takes you along on his incredible journey and provides insight into the often misunderstood British African experience at the time.

The Glory of the World

BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater

January 16-February 6, 2016

Obie and Lifetime Achievement Award-winning American playwright Charles Mee's thought-provoking and wildly imaginative work The Glory of the World is a fond examination of the multi-faceted mystic and Trappist monk Thomas Merton, a man who led a life more colorful than a kaleidoscope. This poignant and high-energy production explores the realms of his philosophies, encompassing human interaction, solitude, happiness and spirituality.

Richard II

BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater

March 24-April 29, 2016

Direct from London comes the first of Shakespeare's four War Of The Roses plays, deftly handled by the star pairing of director Gregory Doran and stage and Doctor Who star David Tennant, reprising his role once again as the unhinged monarch in his US stage debut. This New York transfer marks the 400th anniversary commemorations of Shakespeare's death, and forms part of the cycle of four Roses plays set to show at the BAM in 2016 in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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