M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly's logo shows a painted letter M with a red butterfly

Show Details

Performance Schedule


Run Dates

October 07, 2017 - February 25, 2018

Upcoming Scheduled Events

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Running Time

2:0 hrs

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Show Description


David Henry Hwang's modern classic examines the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer.

The couple's 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female as well as East and West, all while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit. This remarkable love story, encompassing international espionage and personal betrayal, is based on the real-life love affair between Bernard Boursicot (Clive Owen)and Shi Pei Pu (Jin Ha).

For the Tony Award-winning play's first Broadway return, Hwang introduces new material inspired by historical information that has surfaced since the play's 1988 premiere.


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October 07, 2017 - February 25, 2018

Wheelchair seating and assistive listening devices are always available.

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Theatre Details


Cort Theatre
138 W 48th St
New York, NY 10036

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Public Transportation

By Subway: F to 47-49 St./ Rockefeller Center

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchairs: Six ADA compliant viewing locations with companion seating. Transfer optional.

Seating: Mezzanine, balcony, and lower lounge reached only by stairs. Seats 1,083.

Elevator\Escalator: None.

Parking: Valet parking garage: Next door. No vans.

Curb Ramps: SE corner 48th St. & 7th Ave; SW corner of 48th St. & 6th Ave; Driveways on either side of theater.

Entrance: Double doors in series: 1st set (each 26.5") has one pair of automatic doors from 48th Street to ticket lobby with push-button control; 2nd set (each 26.5", attended by ushers) to Orchestra.

Box Office: Ticket lobby. Counter 43". Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32". Assistance available

Restroom: Womens and Mens: Lower level. Down seventeen steps.

Water Fountain: Rear orchestra, house left. Spout 36".

Telephone: Ticket lobby. Coin slot 54". Cord Length 29". With TTY and electric outlet.

Assisted Listening System: Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.

Visual Assistance: None.

Folding Armrests: Eleven row-end seats with folding armrests.

Reviews (3)

Both visually and intellectually, this revival is a wholesale departure from John Dexter’s original production, a decision that turns out to have been wise choosing. This M. Butterfly is every bit as memorable as the original.

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If the stagecraft makes you swoon, then this must be a Julie Taymor production, with prodigious contributions from Paul Steinberg (sets), Constance Hoffman (costumes), Will Pickens (sound), and especially from Donald Holder (lighting).

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Three decades later, M. Butterfly remains provocative and timely, with a great deal to unpack—in part because Hwang, in an unusually extensive revision of the text for its current Broadway revival, has stuffed it with new information

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