Theater in Philadelphia

Whether you enjoy full-fledged big time productions, or small, community based theater, our city offers some of the finest performing arts this side of Broadway - the Academy of Music, Forrest Theater, Walnut Street Theatre and Merriam Theater. Or attend a performance at one of our acclaimed local theater companies such as the Arden, the Wilma or Suzanne Roberts Theater. Reserve your seat for big name concerts at the Wells Fargo Center, or travel across the bridge to see A-list performers at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. Philadelphia is home to great jazz, folk and rock venues such as World Café Life, Chris’ Jazz Café, Union Transfer and the Filmore. Whatever your taste in theater, music, or the creative arts, the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square is standing backstage to show you where to find the spotlight. Stop by the concierge desk in the lobby for a weekly guide to area performances. Our concierge team would be happy to book your tickets.

If you love the arts, be sure our packages that cater to culture: The "With Arts" Package which includes tickets to The Franklin Institute and Barnes Museum. Or, our Kimmel Center Package offering complimentary overnight valet parking.

Local Philadelphia theater venues include:

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The $265 million glass-enclosed facility on the Avenue of the Arts is home to Verizon Hall (2,500-seat concert hall); Perelman Theater(650-seat recital theater); and Innovation Studio (2,688 square foot black box theater). Also residing at the Center includes the renovated and upgraded Academy of Music (2,900 seats) which is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Merriam Theater (1,841 seats) which is owned by the University of the Arts and offers student activities and projects approximately 10 weeks a year.

The Academy of Music

A concert hall and opera house located at Broad and Locust Streets. It was built in 1857 and is the oldest opera house in the United States that is still used for its original purpose. Known as the "Grand Old Lady of Broad Street," the venue is the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The Academy was home to the Philadelphia Orchestra from its inception in 1900 until 2001 when the orchestra moved to the new Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Arden Theater

Arden Theater Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers – on the stage, in the classroom and in the community. The Arden Theater Company is a full-service professional regional theater, offering the highest quality theatrical and educational productions and programs to the artists, audiences and students of the greater Philadelphia region.

Forrest Theater

Built in 1927 by the Shubert Organization, the Forrest has played host to hundreds of theatrical productions over the years, including Broadway musicals, comedies, dramas, Yiddish theater, dance programs, Gilbert & Sullivan productions, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Walnut Street Theatre

Standing at the corner of Ninth and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia for two hundred years, Walnut Street Theater's National Historic Landmark structure has housed two centuries' worth of American popular entertainment. This is the oldest theater in the U.S. and has been staging performances since 1809.

Prince Music Theater

Since its founding in 1984, as the American Music Theater Festival, their mission has been to nurture and develop the unique American art form of music theater of the highest artistic caliber over a wide aesthetic range. Since 1999, the Prince Music Theater has sparkled as a state-of-the-art theater, located at Broad & Chestnut in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, offering live performance and film events in two performance spaces

The Trocadero Theater

The Trocadero Theater, opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870, is a historic theater, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the years, it has offered musical comedies, vaudeville and burlesque.