Crafton-Preyer Theatre

Students perform in a scene from "Much Ado About Nothing"

Located in Murphy Hall on the KU campus, the Crafton-Preyer Theatre is the main stage for the Department of Theatre & Dance.

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 up to 1130 patrons.

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 most Crafton-Preyer performances.

Latecomers are 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.

Seating Charts

Image of Crafton-Preyer Mezzanine and Balcony SeatingImage of Crafton-Preyer Orchestra Seating