Seattle has been a city in love with drama since the days of vaudeville. The Seattle community's desire for exceptional live theater is met by a number of dynamic venues and companies. In total there are 29 professional theatre companies, 56 fringe theatre companies and 7 theatre schools in the greater Seattle area! Some of the most popular places to catch some live drama:
1308 5th Avenue, 206-625-1900
The 5th Avenue Theatre's lavish Chinese interior (modeled after architecture found in the Forbidden City, the temple of Heavenly Peace and the Summer Palace) provides a bold setting for both locally produced musicals and the best of touring Broadway. Opened in 1926 as a vaudeville stage, the 5th is a Seattle entertainment landmark. Today the theatre is the home of the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company, a non-profit organization serving more than 300,000 annually.
Read more: http://www.fifthavenuetheatre.org
700 Union St, 206-292-7676
Comprised of two main stages and two smaller performance spaces, ACT Theatre has been dedicated to presenting new plays since 1965. Each year ACT produces comedies, dramas, contemporary classics and special engagements.
Read more: http://www.acttheatre.org
||The 5th's Chinese-inspired design|
201 Mercer St, 206-269-1900
Founded in 1972, INTIMAN Theatre produces both classics and contemporary works. Many plays that have premiered at INTIMAN have gone on to enjoy incredible national success. INTIMAN is dedicated to presenting the work of innovative writers, directors, designers and performers.
Read more: http://www.intiman.org
301 Mercer St, 206-441-2424
Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States. For many seasons PNB has had the nation's largest per capita dance attendance. Each year the company presents over 90 performances at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and on tour, including the beloved winter tradition of Nutcracker.
Read more: http://www.pnb.org
911 Pine St, 206-467-5510
The Paramount is one of the Seattle's most versatile performing arts venues. Opened in 1928 as the city's largest movie palace, the theater has since hosted a wide variety of shows, concerts and plays. The modern theatre features a fully automated convertible floor system that transforms the auditorium space into an elegant ballroom. In addition to nationally touring musical and comedy acts, the theater hosts a Broadway series of plays and musicals each year.
Read more: http://www.theparamount.com
201 Thomas St, 206-441-3322
Seattle Children's Theatre is proud to produce new works and classics of children's literature for the stage. Their primary goal is to provide affordable public performances to families, and the STC Drama School offers a variety of drama classes throughout the year.
Read more: http://www.sct.org
||Seating at the Paramount Theatre|
155 Mercer St, 206-443-2222
Founded in 1963, Seattle Repertory Theatre has been known for its high production and artistic standards. The Rep's emphasis has been on the production of plays with significant dramatic and literary worth. Seattle Rep produces a season of plays on two stages along with educational programs and new play workshops.
Read more: http://www.seattlerep.org
1500 Summit Ave, 206-324-5801
Theater Schmeater is dedicated to finding the great plays of our time. Presenting 5-6 main stage shows and 5-6 late night productions each year, the company is dedicated to presenting works from underrepresented voices. Theater Schmeater is also dedicated to cultivate a love of theater in youth: their Free Classics in the Park presents the great plays of classical literature for families to enjoy, and throughout the year those under eighteen are admitted free to any production.
Read more: http://www.schmeater.org