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In the last quarter century, Philadelphia has witnessed a huge growth of professional theater activity, and more than 125 productions now originate in Philadelphia in a season. Philadelphia has become a vibrant, diverse and distinctive theater town.
More than 20 professional theater companies produce an enormous variety of events for all tastes and ages through a season running year-round. We have a particularly strong range of mid-sized companies that perform a wide repertory from avant-garde to musicals, from recent hit plays to original scripts, from classics to children’s theater. Numerous smaller theaters specialize in adventuresome work culminating each September during the Fringe Festival.
Vivid and emotional stories by William Shakespeare
Always contemporary, always relevant, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s productions create the vitality of the play and reflect modern day hopes and fears.View More
Philly’s longest-running comedy show
ComedySportz, Philadelphia’s longest-running comedy show, is improv comedy played as a sport, an interactive show with fans shouting out suggestions and even joining the “players” on the “field.”View More
More than 50 years of breathtaking performances
Captivating and inspiring, The Pennsylvania Ballet ranks as one of America’s foremost regional ballet companies. Each new season brings a combination of classical performances, world premieres and timeless traditions, including the beloved holiday performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.View More
Contemporary performance space for live entertainment and film
The Prince Theater in Center City is a contemporary space for live entertainment and film screenings in Philadelphia.View More
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
September 9-24, 2016View More
For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.
The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people
November 4 – 15, 2015View More
The only festival of its kind in the world, the 14th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of real life. Artists and everyday people from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal stories and experiences.
Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution
July 16, 2016View More
Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.
Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom
June 20View More
Historic Germantown celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, with its seventh annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 20.
Performance space and community gathering place
Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda is now a smoke-free and drink-free space for world, soul, hip-hop, rock, jazz and experimental music. When bands aren’t playing, the socially conscious venue hosts movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.View More
Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront
FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.View More
The Main Line’s first art center
Established as the first art center on the Main Line, the Wayne Art Center comes complete with state-of-the-art studios, galleries and a gallery shop.View More
Historic home of independent cinema in the center of Jenkintown
For more than 100 years, the Hiway Theater has been a cultural fixture in the center of Jenkintown.View More
Award-winning entertainment just off the Delaware River
Since 1986, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bucks County’s premier professional regional theater, has provided award-winning entertainment, including dramas, comedies, musicals and world premieres.
Housed in a renovated movie house, the 300-seat theater has brought some of the biggest names in theater to Bucks County, including Gregory Peck, Micki Grant and Adrian Pasdar.View More
A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City
Performers and companies from across the globe converge in University City to share theater that goes beyond simplistic themes and cartoon-like characters.View More
A unique social club and event space in Northern Liberties
One of the most unique spaces in the city, Ruba Club Studios is a 100-year-old social club and bi-level event space in the Northern Liberties housing a vintage Cabaret bar, dance floor and stage on the lower level and a theatrical stage upstairs.View More