Don’t want to head to New York City just to see a broadway or theatrical show? Are you looking to see broadway or a theatrical performance in Philly? Boasting some of the finest theaters in the country, you don’t want have to travel too far to see a great show. This list takes you through 5 must-visit places to see a theatrical show in Philly.
Walnut Street Theatre
Started in 1809, The Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest theatre in America located right in the heart of Philly in Washington Square. It is a National Historic Landmark and the Official Theatre of the state of Pennsylvania. From musicals, comedies, dramas, and children’s shows, there’s always something happening here.
The venue has been home to performances from world-renowned artists like the Marx Brothers and Audrey Hepburn. Take a look at their season calendar and find something that interests you. Fun fact: There are over 50,000 season ticket holders for The Walnut Street Theatre, which makes it the most subscribed theatre company in the world.
The Shubert Organization built The Forrest Theatre in 1927, and today it is owned and operated by the Shubert Organization. It has hosted several hundreds of productions since it started, including Broadway comedies, dramas, musicals, along with Yiddish theatre, orchestras, and dance programs.
One of the most popular theatrical venues in Philadelphia, the Forrest Theatre boasts a wide variety of Broadway shows. A list of upcoming shows can be found on their website.
Formerly known as the Sam S. Shubert Theatre, The Merriam Theater was founded in 1918 and was recently purchased by the Kimmel Center (located just steps away from the Merriam Theater on Broad Street). The Merriam Theater is well known as a continuous location for Broadway shows touring through the country.
Keeping the Broadway tradition alive with long-running musicals and newer hits, the theatre is a popular choice in Philadelphia with its 1,842-seat capacity, along with retaining some of its old-world charm. Get more information on Merriam Theater here.
For renowned Broadway shows, famous musicians, art events and much more in Philadelphia, Kimmel Center is one of the top places to go. Sitting on a whole block in the city, it boasts a 150-feet high glass roof. Named after philanthropist Sidney Kimmel and owned by the Kimmel Center Inc, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Curtis Institute of Music, call this home.
With a keen focus on education, the center offers plenty of other programs in addition to concerts and performances. For Broadway and theatrical performances, many of the events are at the Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall), or their Academy of Music Theatre (next door) and under the Kimmel Centers’ organization. For events and tickets to upcoming shows, check out their website.
Arden Theatre Company
Established by Terrence J. Nolen, Aaron Posner and Amy Murphy in 1988, Arden Theatre Company in old city is a more boutique and a relatively newer entrant to the Philly entertainment scene. It features a 360 seat main stage theatre and a 175 seat studio theatre. A full-service theatre and educational arts center, the theatre enjoys a strong reputation for artistic excellence throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Subscriptions are available for upcoming performances with information on all performances available here.
There’s no dearth of theatre options in Philadelphia, so take a look at what’s on offer during your visit and don’t miss a show to experience all of the theater options Philly has to offer.