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A Theater for Every Taste

Theater fans, musical-lovers and performing arts enthusiasts will all find something that speaks to them in Philadelphia. With a wide variety of theatre companies and performance groups converged around Center City, it’s almost impossible to find yourself looking at a weekend with nothing to do. Take a look at these Philadelphia favorites, and start making plans for the titles that catch your interest.

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Housed in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company has become a well-known nesting ground for new productions. Their run of highly successful world premieres includes Terrence McNally's Golden AgeUnusual Acts of Devotion and three-time Tony Award-winner Master Class. Philadelphia Theatre Company's 2016-2017 season just concluded with a widely celebrated production of James Lecesne's The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

Walnut Street Theatre

As America's Oldest Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre is yet another way to experience our country's storied past. Come for Broadway favorites such as Mamma Mia! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, take your kids to a plethora of creative originals or check out the rarer offerings performed at Independence Studio on 3. You'll be in good company at a theater that has been graced by the likes of Groucho Marx, Ethel Barrymore and Audrey Hepburn, and an audience of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette. 

FringeArts

FringeArts is known for its unexpected, progressive and cutting-edge performances that offers the audience dance, theater and music they've never seen before, and never even thought possible. FringeArts is experimental art at its best, inviting worldwide recognition and acclaim. Come this summer for a First Person Arts StorySlam or the Martha Graham Cracker Caberet.

Wilma Theater

Wilma Theater's ambitious 2017-2018 season will bring together a re-imagined Spanish classic, a revival of Stew and Heidi Rodewald's Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange and the world premiere of Christopher Chen's Passage, a timely and demanding work inspired by E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. Known for its beautiful stage and consistent excellence, you can't go wrong at the Wilma.

1812 Productions

Looking for a laugh? 1812 Productions is quirky, funky and America's only professional theater company dedicated entirely to comedy. Housed a few blocks away from Rittenhouse Square Park on Delancey Place, 1812 Productions quickly made a name for itself with its premier performance of The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) and co-founder Jennifer Childs has released a bevy of a highly regarded original pieces. Get early tickets for October's Buyer & Cellar or for the 12th iteration of 1812's signature political comedy, This Is The Week That Is.

Orchestra, Ballet, Opera and Shakespeare

What's a great city without the classics? Whether you're looking to introduce Shakespeare to your children, welcome the holiday season with a viewing of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, take in the world premiere of a brand new opera or immerse yourself in a Tchaikovsky violin concerto, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra, all in Center City, welcome you into their halls for world class performances of all of your favorites.