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The Crafton-Preyer Theatre

The Crafton-Peyer Theatre is the main performance venue for the University Theatre. The theatre is named for Jesse Allen Crafton (1890-1966), founder of the Department of Speech and Drama, and for Carl Adolph Preyer (1863-1947), pianist/composer and faculty member for 56 years.

The Crafton-Preyer features reserved seating for 1130 patrons.

Seating Charts:
Standard Seating (PDF)
Expanded Main Floor (PDF)
Mezzanine/Balcony (PDF)

Food is not allowed in the Crafton-Preyer. Bottled or lidded drinks are allowed. KU Dining sells wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages before curtain and during intermission of Crafton-Preyer performances.

Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager. In most cases, latecomers will be seated in the balcony and allowed to take their assigned seats at intermission.

The Crafton-Preyer Theatre is available for rental by campus and outside organizations during limited windows of time each season. For more information visit Facility Use and Technical Specifications.


COVID-19 and Our Production Season

In accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines and in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our patrons, students, faculty, and staff, all upcoming performances by the University Theatre and University Dance company have been postponed or cancelled. The box office has been in contact with all ticketholders for Indecent and Urinetown to arrange for refunds or credits toward future performances. We will post more information regarding future perfmances here as it becomes available. Please email us with any questions to theatretickets@ku.edu. Thank you for your past and future support of Theatre and Dance at KU!

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