Chautauqua Theater Company unveils program plans for the 2021 season, including three mainstage productions at the open-air Performance Pavilion on Pratt Avenue, a modified version of the renowned New Play Workshops.
Bratton Theater General Information
Bratton Theater will not be open to the public during the 2021 Season. For this season only, it will serve as a private rehearsal space for the Chautauqua Theater Company.
All tickets (Free–$25) are not available for purchase at ticket.chq.org. Lawn seats are free but require reservations. Tickets for seats under the Pavilion roof are $25.
Accessibility information for Pavilion on Pratt
- Most seats at the pavilion are accessible, but please refer to our ticketing office for further instructions.
- Scooter parking is available.
- Accessible restrooms will be available near the Pavilion Tent.
Accessibility Information for Bratton Theater
Access to Bratton Theater’s main entrance on Pratt Avenue requires navigating several sets of stairs. Scooters and wheelchairs can easily enter the front lobby area using the ramp at the rear of the building on Wythe Avenue.
There are a limited number of accessible parking spaces o the rear of Norton Hall, on Root Avenue, and in the Main Lot. A valid state-issued accessible parking permit is required to park in these spaces, and standard parking rates apply.
- To drop off a guest with mobility challenges, a temporary drop-off pass can be obtained at any gate. We recommend entering through the Welcome Center Main Gate or the Turner Gate. All guests entering the grounds are required to present a valid gate pass or opera performance ticket.
- The Institution provides regularly scheduled complimentary transportation service in the Main Lot and on the grounds during the season. Take the North bus or the Lake Tram for Bratton Theater.
Accessible restrooms are in the lobby.
When the building is open for performances, the assistive listening system will be available. Bring your own equipment or use our complimentary equipment, available for loan during the performance. Please ask an usher for assistance.
- Bratton Theater uses a radio frequency (RF) Assistive Listening System. The equipment is coil-compatible as long as the guest has a compatible jack/patch cord. Most users own several different sizes just in case. The system is also helpful for guests who need hearing assistance but don’t have a hearing aid.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Assistive Listening Systems
About Bratton Theater
The 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.
“Last summer CTC shifted to producing online due to COVID-19, and offered a robust virtual education program to our Conservatory. Although we are returning to produce in-person this summer, we received such great feedback that we decided to move forward with our virtual programming that we now call “CTC Academy.”
The Academy offers virtual workshops and masterclasses designed to bring high-quality arts enrichment to current Acting students from various institutions and at varying stages in their training. For the second year, CTC will offer a curriculum of courses, taught virtually, to a conservatory of approximately 30 actors.”
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