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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.

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  • Prince Theater

    Contemporary performance space for live entertainment and film

    Prince Theater in Center City.

    The Prince Theater in Center City is a contemporary space for live entertainment and film screenings in Philadelphia.

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  • 2015 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    September 3-19, 2015
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    July 11
    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.

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  • Juneteenth Festival

    Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom

    Germantown is an apt place to celebrate the end of slavery.

    June 20
    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.

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  • The Rotunda

    Performance space and community gathering place

    The Rotunda hosts live music, movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.

    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.

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  • First Person Arts Festival

    The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people

    Poet Sonia Sanchez

    November 4 – 15
    The only festival of its kind in the world, the 13th 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.

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  • Pennsylvania Ballet

    More than 50 years of breathtaking performances

    Company Member Caralin Curcio in Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella.

    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.

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  • The PFS Roxy Theater

    Home of independent cinema in Rittenhouse Square

    The PFS Roxy Theater in Rittenhouse Square.

    The new home of the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the The PFS Roxy Theater brings top independent cinema to Rittenhouse Square.

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  • FringeArts

    Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The permanent home of FringeArts 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.

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  • Wayne Art Center

    The Main Line’s first art center

    The Wayne Art Center comes complete with state-of-the-art studios, galleries and a gallery shop.

    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.

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  • Hiway Theater

    Historic home of independent cinema in the center of Jenkintown

    The Hiway Theater has been a community destination in Jenkintown for more than 100 years.

    For more than 100 years, the Hiway Theater has been a cultural fixture in the center of Jenkintown.

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  • Bristol Riverside Theatre

    Award-winning entertainment just off the Delaware River

    The 300-seat theater has brought some of the biggest names in theater to Bucks County.

    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.

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  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

    The Phillie Phanatic stops by the International Children’s Festival 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.

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  • Ruba Club Studios

    A unique social club and event space in Northern Liberties

    Ruba presents weekly entertainment and provides a nightly experience that has kept locals coming back for decades.

    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.

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  • Plays and Players Theater

    100 years of theater in Philadelphia

    Plays and Players Theater has been performing in Philadelphia for more than 100 years.

    For more than a century, Plays & Players has been devoted to bringing quality theater experiences to Philadelphia audiences.

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