More than 20 professional theater companies produce an enormous variety of events

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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Independence After Hours
A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history
Through October 21, 2017 (select dates)
Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.
2017 Fringe Festival
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
September 7-24, 2017
For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features tons of must-see performances each September.
Prince Theater
Contemporary performance space for live entertainment and film
Home to the Philadelphia Film Society, the Prince Theater is a contemporary performing arts venue in the heart of Center City featuring live performances and film screenings.
Bastille Day Festival
at Eastern State Penitentiary
Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution
July 15, 2017
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.
Hedgerow Theatre
Challenging theater in an 1840s gristmill
Hedgerow offers the opportunity to watch emerging actors grow under the mentoring experience of veteran actors and directors.
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City
May 18-20, 2017
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival brings professional theater from across the globe, created specifically for children, to the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
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.
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.”
First Person Arts Festival
The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people
November 5-18, 2017
The only festival of its kind in the world, the 15th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of people and the stories they have to share. Artists and everyday individuals from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal experiences on stage.
Pennsylvania Ballet
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.
Juneteenth Festival
Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom
June 17
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 17.
The Rotunda
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.
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.
Wayne Art Center
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.
Hiway Theater
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.
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