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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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  • 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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  • Pennsylvania Ballet

    Celebrating 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.

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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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  • Fringe Festival

    Celebration of thought-provoking productions

    High-energy acrobatics of “Sequence 8”

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by Fringe Arts is the event to catch each September.

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  • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    Premier performance space at the University of Pennsylvania

    As one of the nation’s premier urban performing arts centers on a university campus, Annenberg puts on all genres of cultural performance. Jazz, world music, dramatic touring theater and local Philadelphia artists make the venue a place toexplore “adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues and timeless ideas.”

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  • Mandell Theater

    Drexel University’s main performance space

    Mandell is Drexel University’s primary space for student theater, music and dance productions.

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  • The Rotunda

    Performance space and community gathering place

    Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda now comprises two spaces that host arts and cultural events.

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  • Rave Cinemas

    Popcorn movie central

    The beauty of this mainstream movie theater is that the points loss due to lack of edgy, obscure art-house fare is nullified by the fact that you can purchase alcoholic beverages inside and bring them to your seat.

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  • Laff House

    South Street’s intimate comedy club

    South Street’s long-running comedy club pulls in comics both local and national to cut it up in an intimate setting.

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  • Shubin Theatre

    A cozy venue hosting regional and touring performing arts shows

    A throwback to South Street’s bohemian origins, the intimate Shubin plays host to live dance, theater, music and every other performing art imaginable.

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