Seattle theatres for live performing arts are vibrant and thriving. The Emerald City is recognized as one of the country's great theatre centers with nationally known groups producing world-premieres and new works. Dozens of venues host live shows from Broadway hits to one-act plays, children's theatre, comedy, dance, music and just about anything that suits your fancy.
I love the Seattle performing arts scene! We are one of the major locations for Broadway previews - a way to test run a show before opening on Broadway.
One of my favorites was Hairspray at the 5th Avenue Theatre just before it opened in New York. We knew it was going to be a hit because it brought the house down here in Seattle!
Whatever your taste in theatre or music, one of our Seattle theatres or performing arts groups is sure to please. It's one of the top things to do when it's raining in Seattle - lose yourself in the magic of a live show!
For a look at upcoming shows and what's playing now see the Seattle Theatre Calendar.
Paramount Theatre Seattle
Built in 1928 as a "movie palace", the Paramount is one of the best Seattle theatres to see world-class Broadway shows, jazz concerts, comedy, and even silent movies with pipe organ accompaniment.
Moore Theatre Seattle
The Moore is the oldest remaining Seattle theatre and a beautiful historic landmark. It is still a vibrant and functioning theater featuring touring shows and musicians, as well as local dance, comedy, and musical groups. Free tours of the Paramount and the Moore are well worth your time if you like theatre.
5th Avenue Theatre Seattle
Another one of the Seattle theatres that is an historic landmark, the 5th Avenue hosts locally produced musical theatre classics, national touring musicals, and premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows in a truly magnificent, you-gotta-see-it theater modeled after Imperial China architecture.
This is one of our intimate little Seattle theatres that produces great shows that exercise the imagination.
Showbox SoDo Theatre
1700 1st Avenue South
The Showbox Sodo is a large venue for live music located in the SoDo (South of Downtown) district. It's a converted warehouse featuring wood beams and brick architecture, open ceiling, a large floor for dancers, and two bar areas for drinkers. It hosts rock, hip-hop, and alternative music acts such as Deftones, Heart, Phoenix, Paul Van Dyk, Everclear, Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, The Used, David Cook, and more.
Showbox at the Market
1426 1st Avenue
The Showbox at the Market is a smaller, more intimate venue than its spinoff, Showbox SoDo. Housed in a beautiful art-deco building and founded in 1939, Showbox at the Market has hosted a wide variety of live music over the years. Duke Ellington, Gypsy Rose Lee, Al Jolson, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Devo, Snoop Dogg, Dave Matthews, Robin Williams, Children of Bodum, Death Cab For Cutie, and many others.
ACT Theatre Seattle
700 Union Street
A nationally recognized Seattle theatre company dedicated to presenting the best in contemporary theater. Their production of Dicken's A Christmas Carol is fabulous and a Christmas tradition.
Seattle Repertory Theater
155 Mercer Street
Seattle Rep produces classic comedies, recent Broadway hits, and new dramas as one of the nation's largest regional theater companies. Shows are performed at the Bagley Wright Theatre and the Leo Kreielsheimer Theatre.
Unexpected Productions, Theatresports
1428 Post Alley
Unexpected Productions has been performing comedy improv since 1983. Their current home is the Market Theater at Pike Place Market. Their regular show is Theatresports, Seattle's longest running show. It turned 25 years old in June, 2008. UP also does improv classes, corporate shows, parties, fundraisers, and personalized shows as well. Be sure to check out the famous Gum Wall when you go to the Market Theater!
Seattle Children's Theater
201 Thomas Street
Located at Seattle Center, SCT provides professional theatre experiences for children of all ages.
200 University Street
The beautiful Benaroya Hall covers an entire city block and hosts symphonies and visiting musicians from around the world as well as providing a home for our own Seattle Symphony.
201 Mercer Street
One of Washington's largest theatre arts institutions, Intiman Theatre productions have won many awards including several Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and Tony Awards. Watch for their summer theatre festival in July and August, 2013.
Seattle Public Theater
7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N
Founded in 1988, Seattle Public Theater was chosen to be the resident theater company at the historic Bathhouse on Green Lake. Shows for the 2011-2012 season include The Cryptogram, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Back Back Back, and This Wide Night.
Seattle Theatre Group
911 Pine St.
STG is a non-profit organization that operates three of our historic Seattle theatres, the Paramount, the Moore, and the Neptune Theatres. They present more that 370 shows each year, most taking place at The Paramount and The Moore. Seattle Theatre Group also has a great Education and Community Program which offers classes and workshops for all ages of students and community members. Be sure to take advantage of their free tours of The Paramount and The Moore!
1500 Summit Ave.
Founded in 1992, Theater Schmeater produces six mainstage shows each year and a Free Family Show in the Park each summer in Volunteer Park. Their mission is to "produce great plays simply and foster a love of theater as an art form in future audiences." To this aim, it is their policy to admit patrons 18 years of age and under for free!
Book It Theatre Seattle
Seattle Center House
305 Harrison Street
Book-It Repertory Theatre's mission is to "transform great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspiring its audiences to read." They also have an educational outreach program whose mission is to promote the joy of reading and inspire the imagination.
Broadway Bound Children's Theatre Seattle
Broadway Bound gives children ages 5-18 the opportunity to perform on stage in professionally produced shows in front of live audiences. They produce about three shows per year.
Artswest Theatre Seattle
4711 California Ave SW
Located in West Seattle, this is a very nice little theatre that is well-maintained and hosts art displays by local artists on the walls. 2011-2012 performances include Amy's View, Evil Dead: The Musical, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, All Through the Night, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, and Exit, Pursued by a Bear.
Stone Soup Theatre
4029 Stone Way North
One of our smaller Seattle theatres in the neighborhood of Wallingford, Stone Soup is dedicated to the presentation of the one-act play. The 2011-2012 season includes A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Compleat Wks of Willm Shkspr (Abridged), and The Young Man from Atlanta.
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