Directions & Parking

From the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), take exit 60, turn left onto NY-394/North Portage Street. Continue to follow NY-394. From the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86/Route 17) – if eastbound, take Exit 7 (Panama/Chautauqua Institution), turn left onto CR-33, then right onto West Lake Rd./NY-394. 

From the Main Gate go down the red brick walkway (down Vincent).  Once at Bestor Plaza take a left on Pratt.  Then go a few blocks and Bratton Theater will be on the left. 

Travel and Transportation
CHQ is served by the Chautauqua County Airport at Jamestown, NY (15 miles south of the Institution) via USAirways Express commuter from Pittsburgh, PA.

Other nearby airports are the Buffalo (NY) Niagara International Airport (70 miles northeast of Chautauqua) and the Erie (PA) International Airport (40 miles southwest of Chautauqua).
Privately owned transportation services for travel to and from the Chautauqua County Airport are available.



Heirloom Restaurant
Heirloom is a full-service restaurant that is available to hotel guests, CHQ visitors and guests coming from off the grounds for a great dining experience. Heirloom is open 7 days a week and is available and open to the public from June 27 through August 30.

Webb's Captain's Table Restauran
Webb's is a local lakefront eatery serving American dishes in woody, inviting surrounds with views & an upstairs deck. Located at 115 West Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757.

La Familia
A fine dining restaurant focusing on fresh seafood and farm fresh produce. Located on grounds, inside St. Elmo's.

We exist to create the meal your family builds memories around. Located at 4837 W Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757.

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Hearing Services

Bratton Theater and the Chautauqua Theater Company has recently installed a new hearing device system. The new Listen Technologies Intelligent Receivers have a range of up to 1,500 ft (457 m) and can be used all throughout the theater. Also, with the new receivers are the Intelligent Lanyard which uses an advanced driver that improves listening for individuals with hearing aids and cochlear implants. It offers a lightweight, easy-to-wear solution.

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About Bratton Theater

theater insideThe Bratton Theater was built in 1885 and is one of the oldest buildings on the grounds of CHQ. It was originally built as a schoolhouse for the summer program and accordingly, its original name was “Normal Hall”. In 2000, with the advocacy of the Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company and a successful Institutional capital campaign, a major renovation took place and the beautiful, 269 seat, newly named Bratton Theater was inaugurated. A major accomplishment in both preservation and renovation, the original laminated beam structure of Normal Hall is still in place today. 

Under the direction of architect Mitchell Kurtz, the renovation garnered several awards including:

  • An Honor Award from the US Institute for Theatre Technology

  • 2001 Adaptive Re-use/Historic Preservation Citation from the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

  • 2001 Design Award from the Buffalo/WNY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Announcing our 2017 Season


Theater Packs and Single Tickets  

Key Dates:

April 4–9: Theater Ticket Packs pre-sale period

April 10: Single ticket purchases begin

Ticket Office Hours   Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
716-357-6250  or 1.800.836.ARTS

2018 Theater Ticket Packs
A great way to support Chautauqua Theater Company, guarantee your seats and save!
Six Pack • $166.50 • Three Bratton Theater Main Stage productions and three New Play Workshops.
Five-Pack • $144 • Three Bratton Theater Main Stage productions and your choice of two New Play Workshops.
Three-Pack • $84 • Any two Bratton Theater Main Stage productions and your choice of one New Play Workshop.

2018 Chautauqua Theater Single Ticket Pricing 
Bratton Main Stage Productions  $35; Sundays $40
New Play Workshops (NPW) $25

CTC AnOctoroon webAn Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins | Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

June 29 – July 8    Purchase Tickets

In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an "octoroon" woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself. In this hilarious and incisive new play- winner of The Obie Award for Best American New Play- Branden Jacobs-Jenkins jabs at the history of slavery and identity in America. Age: 16+ Strong adult language and content. 

CTC Airness webAirness by Chelsea Marcantel | Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

July 14 – 29     Purchase Tickets

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already within us. The writer of the beloved 2016 NPW “Tiny Houses” returns to CTC with her newest play, straight from her triumph at The Humana Festival of New Plays. All ages welcome, some adult language. 

CTC IntotheBreeches webInto the Breeches! by George Brant | Directed by Laura Kepley

August 11 – 17     Purchase Tickets

Providence, 1942. With the men of the Oberon Play House away at war, Maggie (the Artistic Director’s wife) decides to take charge and direct an all-female production of Henry V. Written by award winning playwright George Brant (Grounded, 2012 Smith Prize) and directed by Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Laura Kepley, Into the Breeches follows a passionate, if amateur, group of theater artists looking at Shakespeare’s valiant warriors in a new light. This hilarious and moving backstage comedy, explores how theater can bring a community together in hard times and perhaps even expand our idea of what community is. All ages welcome.

free Shakespeare in the parkFree Chautauqua Shakespeare in the Park

As You Like It by William Shakespeare | Directed by Andrew Borba

Rosalind and her cousin Celia journey through the Forest of Arden to find safety, and eventually love. Along the way they meet a rag-tag group of rebels in the woods, the lovesick poet Orlando, the melancholic philosopher Jacques, and the witty clown Touchstone. All ages welcome!

June 24  | Bestor Plaza | 5 p.m. 

June 28  | Allen Park, Jamestown  | 7 p.m. 

July 18  | Southern Tier Brewery  | 6:30 p.m. 

August 1  | Southern Tier Brewery  | 6:30 p.m. 

August 2  | Lakeside Park, Mayville | 6:30 p.m. 

August 15  | Allen Park, Jamestown | 7 p.m. 


The New Play Workshop

July 30 - August 4

Two brand new plays performed in repertory.

New Play Workshop #1 | Untitled Russia Play by Lauren Yee
July 30 – August 1   Purchase Tickets

Two young Russian men try to find their way after the fall of communism. An absurd comedy about art, love and advertising in the dawn of capitalism. Age: 14+ Adult language.


New Play Workshop #2 | Jump by Charly Evon Simpson
August 2 – 4   Purchase Tickets

After a death in the family, Fay finds unexpected solace on a bridge. A poetic drama about family, loss and the kindness of strangers. Age: 16+ Adult content.


The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey | Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

August 19 - August 21     Purchase Tickets

A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by a CTC Conservatory alumni, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by a mass shooting, and their journey to healing. Age: 14+ Adult content.