Two people stand side by side, one with their arm around the other.

The Inheritance Part 1

A Canadian Stage Production

Written By Matthew López
Directed by Brendan Healy

An epic new play, generations in the making

The Inheritance reimagines E.M. Forster’s Howards End as a contemporary portrait of the generation after the height of the AIDS crisis.

In contemporary Manhattan, Eric and Toby are 30-somethings who seem to be in love and thriving. But on the cusp of their engagement, they meet an older man haunted by the past and a younger man hungry for a future. Chance meetings lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations collide—with explosive results.

Sweeping the 2020 Tony Awards, The Inheritance is a modern masterpiece presented in two parts.

Stop the clocks. Here is the play of this year, of last year, and quite possibly next year as well. – The Evening Standard
The most important American play of the century – The Telegraph

Looking for some bonus programming to go with your ticket to The Inheritance? We've got you covered! You're invited to attend:

  • April 3rd post-show talkback at 4:15pm in the Bluma lobby with members from the cast of The Inheritance: Hollywood Jade, Landon Nesbitt and Breton Lalama. 

  • March 22nd pre-show event at 7:15pm in the Bluma lobby for a Pre-Show In Conversation Event with experts from Fife House and Toronto People with AIDS Foundation



This production contains content which may be sensitive in nature, including sexual content, nudity, haze and mentions of addiction, sex work, abuse, suicide, and the AIDS epidemic. 

Written by

Directed by

Associate Director

RBC Emerging Artist Directing Intern

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Design and Composition

RBC Emerging Artist Costume Design Intern

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Apprentice Stage Manager

Accent Coach

Casting Consultant


Fight Director

Stunt Coordinator

Intimacy Director

  • Siobhan Richardson

The Inheritance is generously underwritten by Jim Lawrence & David Salak and by Paul Maranger & Robert Brown.


The Inheritance is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The Inheritance was originally commissioned by Hartford Stage (Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). The world premiere was performed in London at the Young Vic, Part One on March 2, 2018, and Part Two on March 9, 2018. This production was supported by Nattering Way LLC and Sonia Friedman Productions.

The Young Vic production was presented in the West End by Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hunter Arnold with Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, 1001 Nights Productions, Greg Berlanti, Brad Blume, Shane Ewen, Rupert Gavin, Robert Greenblatt, Marguerite Hoffman, Mark Lee, Peter May, Arnon Milchan, Oliver Roth, Scott Rudin, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Bruno Wang, Richard Winkler, Bruce Cohen/Scott M. Delman.

The Inheritance transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre in the West of London, with a first performance of Part One on September 21, 2018, and of Part Two on September 28, 2018.

The Inheritance opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, with a first performance on November 17, 2019. The New York production was presented on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions, Hunter Arnold, Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, 1001 Nights Productions, Robert Greenblatt, Mark Lee, Peter May, Scott Rudin, Richard Winkler, Bruce Cohen, Mara Isaacs, Greg Berlanti & Robbie Rogers, Brad Blume, Burnt Umber Productions, Shane Ewen, Greenleaf Productions, Marguerite Hoffman, Oliver Roth, Joseph Baker/Drew Hodges, Stephanie P. McClelland, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Caiola Productions, Mary J. Davis, Kayla Greenspan, Fakston Productions, FBK Productions, Sally Cade Holmes, Benjamin Lowy, MWM Live, Lee & Alec Seymour, Lorenzo Thione, Sing Out, Louise! Productions, AB Company/Julie Boardman, Adam Zell & Co./ZKM Media, Jamie deRoy/Catherine Adler, DeSantis-Baugh Productions/Adam Hyndman, Gary DiMauro/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Ronald Frankel/Seriff Productions, John Goldwyn/Silva Theatrical Group, Deborah Green/Christina Mattsson, Cliff Hopkins/George Scarles, Invisible Wall Productions/Lauren Stein, Sharon Karmazin/Broadway Factor NYC, Brian Spector/Madeleine Foster Bersin, Undivided Productions/Hysell Dohr Group, UshkowitzLatimer Productions/Tyler Mount.

Canadian Stage is working with non-CAEA community members and are working with our community partners, Casey HouseACTPWA to play a vital role in the company’s production of The Inheritance Part One

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