Park Avenue Armory
Built in 1880, the Seventh Regiment Armory, also known as Park Avenue Armory, is a historic National Guard armory building on the Upper East Side. It offers a performance space that supports works that are not always the best fit for traditional performance venue, making it an exciting place to visit for the arts. In visiting the space, I love that the period rooms in this space are open for patrons to visit and experience, making it more than just a performance venue.
This weekend caught two amazing shows, one was Giselle at BAM, and I was expecially fortunate to catch Robert Icke’s modern interpretation of Hamlet after a sold out run on West End with Alex Lawther in the lead. I don’t plan to do reviews in my blogs, so this is a post about the space.
The building is imposing all the way from the outside to all the areas within, all of which are open and accessible.
This is what the stage looked like, you can see the seats reflected in the background –
The seating is interesting given the space, and changes based on the show. For Hamlet, this is what it looked like when you walked in, and then you make your way around this to climb the stairs to your seats.
All in all, definitely worth a visit if you get an opportunity to experience a show here.