Water for Elephants on Broadway

Plan Your Visit

Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street
(between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036

By Subway

Times Square-42nd Street Station: Served by the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, and W subway lines.

42nd Street-Bryant Park Station: Served by the B, D, F, and M subway lines.

By Car

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Imperial Theatre SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.


Where is the show playing?

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS performs at the Imperial Theatre at 249 West 45th Street in New York City. The Imperial is just east of 8th Avenue.

What is the running time?

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is 2 hrs 40 minutes including a 20 minute intermission.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets start at $50.

What is the maximum number of tickets one person can purchase?

To purchase 10 or more tickets, contact our group sales partner by calling 1-800-BROADWAY x2 or visiting Broadway.com.

Are rush or lottery tickets available?

A limited number of tickets will be available for every performance for $45 each through the WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Digital Ticket Lottery at rush.telecharge.com. Entries start at 12am, one day before the performance, and winners are drawn the same day at 10am and 3pm. Winners will be contacted by email and have 3 hours to purchase up to two tickets for that day’s performance. Locations and number of tickets based on availability; seats may be partial view.

A limited number of $49 rush tickets are available for purchase in person at the Imperial Theatre box office on performance days. Limit of 2 per person, available on a first-come, first-served basis, when the box office first opens (10am Monday to Saturday and Sunday at 12pm). Subject to availability.  Tickets may be located anywhere in the theatre, including partial view.

Is there an age recommendation?

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Are there any sensitive topics addressed in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS that audience members should be aware of?

Based on the critically acclaimed and bestselling novel of the same name, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is a story of love, adventure and intrigue within a traveling circus. The story deals with sensitive and mature themes including abuse, neglect, and harm to both animals and people. There are no live animals in the production, but rather they’re portrayed by puppets and the harm they experience is indicated, but not seen onstage.

How long is this show playing on Broadway?

Tickets are currently on sale through ​​September. Additional performances may be announced at a later date.

Will food and drinks be served at the show?

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

What should I wear?

While some theatregoers do get dressed up for their visit to the theatre, you are welcome to wear what makes you most comfortable. Keep in mind that the theatre is kept cool year-round, so you may want to wear layers.

Does the production use smoke and haze?


Does the Imperial Theatre have wheelchair access?


Are there elevators in the theatre?