The Heiress


"Jessica Chastain is close to perfect in her Broadway debut!"

"Dan Stevens is dashing!"

"A masterful production from Moises Kaufman! Everything you want in a class A revival!"

"They don’t write ‘em like this anymore. Romance, money, lies, manipulation…this play has it all!"


Set in 1880s New York society, and based on Henry James‘ novel Washington SquareThe Heiress tells the tale of a shy, plain heiress, her emotionally abusive father, and the crafty fortune hunter whose romantic advances set this psychological drama off and running. This successful revival on Broadway was remarkable for many reasons. It starred an actress who crossed the country on her days off to reap Hollywood’s finest awards for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. It also co-starred a British heartthrob featured in “Downton Abbey,” whose 7.9 million American viewers clearly added attention to this already high-profile Broadway production. But what became abundantly clear during The Heiress‘s limited engagement was that the real star of the show was the play itself, intriguing audiences with its timeless and compelling plot.

Theatre: The Walter Kerr Theatre
Opening Date: November 1, 2012

SMP’s Favorite Moment

Jessica Chastain’s nightly transformation from “Hollywood IT girl” to plain Catherine Sloper.

Read the Play

The Heiress is available from Dramatists Play Service, and can be purchased here.  The source material, Henry James’ novel Washington Square can be purchased here.


Jessica Chastain

Catherine Sloper

Dan Stevens

Morris Townsend

David Strathairn

Dr. Austin Sloper

Judith Ivey

Lavinia Penniman


Ruth and Augustus Goetz


Moisés Kaufman