Welcome to the Cape & Islands Theater Page!
The Cape & Islands have a rich history of compelling, diverse and entertaining live theater. In fact, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the staging of Eugene O’Neill’s first play, Bound East for Cardiff, in Provincetown, an event that’s widely considered to be the birth of modern American theater. From O’Neill to Tennessee Williams to five time Tony winner Julie Harris, many of the theater’s greatest luminaries have lived and worked here. That storied tradition continues today, and we’re fortunate to have 21 theaters on Cape Cod and 2 each on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
These 25 not-for-profit live performance venues work hard all year long to bring you the best in entertaining, engaging and illuminating theater. There’s always something enjoyable on a stage near you and there’s nothing quite so magical as live theater. We’re lucky that so much of that magic is nearby, affordable and easily accessible to all. The magic awaits you, so please… See a Show Soon at One of Our Amazing Theaters!
Check out some of the great shows out there by clicking here.
For a map of all of the theaters, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
The Academy Playhouse
The Academy of Performing Arts, Inc.
120 Main Street, Orleans
508-255-1963 (Box Office) • 508-255-3075 (Business Office) www.apacape.org
Recognized as a premier center for the performing arts in the heart of Orleans on Cape Cod, The Academy of Performing Arts is proud to offer upwards of 9 major main stage productions, concerts, children’s matinees and new works on a year-round basis showcasing guest and local artists. Bound only by its limitless imagination, The Academy Playhouse is well known for its mix of offerings from Broadway Musicals and comedies to thought provoking drama. The Academy School offers summer workshops in musical theater, drama and dance as well as year-round classes and private instruction.
Barnstable Comedy Club
The Barnstable Comedy Club is one of the oldest community theaters in Massachusetts! We are a community theater, with a big emphasis on the word ‘Community.’ Everyone is welcome at The BCC! In general we perform four main productions per season, as well as other special events such as The Annual Barnstable Village Holiday Stroll, staged readings, and acting and directing workshops. As the oldest living community theater on Cape Cod, we strive to bring excellence to all of our patrons, volunteers, members, and community.
Buzzards Play Productions
Buzzards Play is a nonprofit performing arts collaborative. Our mission is to provide a broad range of quality entertainment and education for the entire family! We aim to inspire, encourage & enlighten through creative art. Our goal is simple: Experience, Enjoy, Imagine all that you are capable of and share your talents.
Cape Cod Community College
Performing Arts Program
Tilden Arts Center
2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable • 508-375-4044 • www.capecod.edu
The Tilden Art Center at Cape Cod Community College is a hub of education for the fine and performing arts. The facility houses a 600-seat proscenium theater, a 150-seat “black-box” theater, two art studios, and the Higgins Art Gallery. Exhibits, classes, musical, dance, and theatre productions by 4Cs Department of Arts & Communication, as well as guest performing groups, can be enjoyed year-round.
Cape Cod Theatre Company
Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre
105 Division Street, West Harwich • 508-432-2002 • www.hjtcapecod.org
Recently renamed to reflect the breadth of our offerings, the Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre carries on the vital mission of our HJT roots as a year-round center for theater arts education and entertainment for all ages. Join us for a class, open mic night, or main stage production. Air conditioned. Wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening available.
The Cape Cod Theatre Project
The Cape Cod Theatre Project develops new American plays and presents these innovative and exciting works before they go on to full performances on stages across the country. The Project, now in its 22st year, brings together writers of new plays with professional directors and actors – often directly from Broadway – for staged readings in an intimate setting. After only 20 hours of rehearsal, actors perform with scripts in hand and a suggestion of sets and costumes and writers beneﬁt from the input given by the directors and actors as well as a post-performance audience discussion.
The Cape Playhouse
Cape Cod Center for the Arts
820 Route 6A, Dennis Village • 508-385-3911 • www.capeplayhouse.com
The NY Times said, “It’s where Broadway goes to summer!” Take a 19th century meetinghouse, one extraordinary history, and 89 seasons of top-notch professional theatre and it’s easy to see why the Cape Playhouse is one of the country’s most beloved summer theatres. The Cape Playhouse combines the best theatrical works with performances from the nation’s finest actors. “America’s Oldest Professional Summer Theatre” is located on the lovely 23-acre Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis Village, and offers the wildly popular Theater for Children every Thursday and Friday morning in July and August.
Cape Rep Theatre
508-896-1888 • www.caperep.org
3299 Route 6A, Brewster • P.O. Box 1305, Brewster, MA 02631
Cape Rep Theatre enjoys a reputation for professional, exciting, thought provoking theater and produces a full season of classic drama, contemporary plays and musicals. In addition, Cape Rep strives to develop and produce new work of local and regional playwrights. The company performs in two theaters nestled in the woods 800 feet beyond the entry on Route 6A: an Indoor Theater runs May through November and an Outdoor Theater operates in the summer.
The Chatham Drama Guild
The Chatham Drama Guild is the Cape’s second oldest continuously operating theater venue. For over 75 years we have provided excellent family entertainment in a ﬂexible and exciting theater space. We welcome you to our fully air-conditioned and charming theater for what promises to be a heart warming and artistically satisfying season of music and comedy. Our bar is open before the show and during the intermission for all performances for your added convenience and pleasure.
The College Light Opera Company
Highfield Theatre • 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
CLOC an independent not-for-profit educational theatre, presents 9 fully staged musicals and operettas each summer, and is made up of from across the country performing in full orchestra. Founded in 1969, CLOC provides young talent a chance to begin a career in music theatre. The group consists of 32 talented singers, a fine 18-piece orchestra, and 12 dedicated technicians. CLOC is the largest resident theatre company in the United States, and one of the only summer theatres that performs with a full pit orchestra.
Cotuit Center for the Arts
P.O. Box 2042, 4404 Falmouth Road (Rte. 28), Cotuit
Box Office: 508-428-0669 • [email protected]
For tickets: www.ArtsOnTheCape.org
Cotuit Center for the Arts is a year-round, non-profit community arts organization providing education, performance, and exhibition. Our theatrical mission is to provide a stage on which directors, actors, playwrights and others may hone their craft and grow as artists while entertaining and enriching the community in which we live. Cotuit Center for the Arts prides itself on the professional-quality work it produces. Our aim is to produce dynamic work that begs to be shared. Let us entertain you!
Elements Theatre Company
Elements explores the vitality of the word and the deepest truths present in the text by storytelling with imagination, honesty, and authenticity in both classical and modern works. The transformative work to become the text with a new and fresh perspective- to inhabit another world and live another’s life – is both our pleasure and privilege. Elements Theatre Company performs year-round at Rock Harbor, Orleans and tours regularly.
The Eventide Theatre Company
Gertrude Lawrence Stage
Dennis Union Church, Route 6A, Dennis Village
508-398-8588 • www.eventidearts.org
Since 1998 Eventide has presented award-winning community theater concerts, lectures, and mixed media events. Eventide performs on The Gertrude Lawrence Stage, built and named in 1954 in memory of famed stage actress Gertrude Lawrence. Lawrence lived in East Dennis and was married to Richard Aldrich, a producer and Managing Director at The Cape Playhouse. Eventide provides an encouraging, supportive environment for actors, songwriters and playwrights leading to excellent, creative, and thought-provoking performances that stimulate and educate Cape audiences of all ages and is well known for its songwriting competition and the Kaplan New Playwrights/New Plays Competition.
Falmouth Theatre Guild
PO Box 383, Falmouth Ma 02541
508-548-0400 • www.falmouththeatreguild.org
Falmouth Theatre Guild has brought the best of Broadway to the Upper Cape for more than 50 years. Presenting a wide of theater that entertains, enriches and educates the diverse population of Cape Cod. Falmouth Theatre Guild produces a broad range of theatrical productions of the highest quality; to provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theater production and management; to celebrate the achievements of our volunteers and staff; to provide value for our many supporters, and to join with other community theaters for mutual assistance and enrichment.
Harbor Stage Company
15 Kendrick Avenue, Wellfleet, MA
(508) 349-6800 • www.harborstage.org
A theater by the sea that’s right on the edge. The Harbor is an artist-run ensemble dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of challenging live performance on the Outer Cape. We do great shows at fair prices for the right reason.
Island Theater Workshop of MV
Oak Bluffs, MA
508 693 2769 • www.itwmv.org
ITW was founded in 1968 by Mary Payne as a summer workshop for children. Now going into its 48th year, Island Theatre Workshop and all of its programs continue to offer adults and children alike an education and a place to stretch their imaginations in a fun and nurturing environment for all.
Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse
Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is the island’s only professional year-round theater. On the Patricia Neal Stage and in the Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby, the off-season is the on-season for local events, poetry, music, film, theater, children’s programs and more. Please visit our website to find out what’s going on at the Playhouse.
776 Main Street, Chatham
508-945-1589 • www.monomoytheatre.org
The Monomoy Theatre offers a season of eight productions of musicals, comedy and drama, while providing an invaluable training ground for the exceptionally talented students from professional theatre training programs in all aspects of theatre with skilled faculty and professional guest artists from around the world. Enjoy the intimacy of this charming theatre in the heart of Chatham.
Payomet Performing Arts Center
We are a non-profit performing arts organization committed to gradual and sustainable growth in order to remain true to our core mission: to produce exciting professional live music, theatre and humanities events rooted in strong social values. We believe in our audience. Our artistic decisions are greatly influenced by the eclectic tastes of our outer Cape audience, seasonal visitors as well as year-round residents. For this reason, we describe Payomet programming as “outside the box and inside the community.”
Peregrine Theatre Ensemble
P.O. Box 533, Provincetown MA 02657
(774) 538-9084 • www.PeregrineTheatre.com
Peregrine Theatre Ensemble is a professional performing arts company aiming to continue the tradition of quality theatre that has enriched the unique culture of Provincetown for decades. Our goal is to produce works that are developed through a dedicated artistic process and reflect a wide array of theatrical genres. We strive to cultivate and educate audiences of all ages through performance, workshops, and classes, and foster artistic relationships with other nonprofit organizations, resulting in increased sustainability for the Provincetown community.
Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival honors Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide. The Festival contributes to the cultural wealth of Provincetown by celebrating Williams’ connection to Cape Cod, his evolving international importance and his avant-garde spirit.
The Provincetown Theater
238 Bradford Street, Provincetown
Box Office: 508-487-7487
The Provincetown Theater Foundation manages a state-of-the-art facility which is home to The Playwrights’ Lab and continuing a legacy of playwriting and theatrical production that began with the original Provincetown Players in 1916. Our mission is to sponsor new play development and productions by contemporary American artists, present professional and non-professional productions, provide educational and training opportunities for youth and adults and maintain the theater as a year-round performing arts venue for the Cape Cod community.
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
Centre Stage at 2 Centre Street
Bennett Hall at 62 Centre Street
508-228-4305 • www.theatreworkshop.com
Theatre Workshop continues to be a vital resource for all who live in and visit Nantucket—as it has been since its founding in 1956. We create jobs, support local merchants and provide entertainment that sustains Nantucket’s historic downtown. We excite, inspire and challenge our community, fulfilling our mission to be Nantucket’s public theatre. Please join us in celebrating our 60th anniversary season!
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT)
2357 Route 6, Wellfleet
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater has earned an international reputation for its award-winning productions. WHAT presents a robust schedule of “continually adventurous theater” (Boston Globe), as well as thought-provoking, year round programming. For complete listings, please visit what.org
White Heron Theatre Company
The White Heron Theatre Company is a professional repertory theatre on Nantucket Island. White Heron is the performance arm of the Nantucket Theatre Institute, an educational, performance and development organization designed to advance the art and practice of transformational theatre.
Woods Hole Theater Company
68 Water Street, Woods Hole
P.O. Box 735, Woods Hole, MA 02543
508-540-6525 • www.woodsholetheater.org
The Woods Hole Theater Company, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, has been in residence in Woods Hole since 1974. Its purpose is to engage in and promote the cultural growth of the community of Woods Hole and vicinity. WHTC operates year round, producing a wide variety of plays at affordable prices. Its traditional home is the Woods Hole Community Hall of 1878.
Friends of Cape & Islands Theater Coalition
The Friends of the Cape & Islands Theater Coalition is a group of dedicated volunteers, theater goers and donors who support the Coalition and its 26 nonprofit member theaters. The Friends work to raise community awareness of the wonderful and varied live performance theaters in our region, and they raise funds to help the Coalition fulfill its mission to promote our local theaters and performing arts community. To enjoy the benefits of being a member of Friends, including discounts to shows, please visit www.capecodlive.org. Individual Member: $25. Dual: $40. Family: $60.