Atlanta is one of the best cities in the country for live entertainment. Not many cities can say they have permanent companies for opera, ballet, and theatre, but you can find it all in Atlanta. Touring Broadway shows also often find their way to Atlanta. The city’s performing arts venues are mostly located in Midtown Atlanta: the Fox Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, and the Ferst Center for the Arts are all in the area.
The Fox Theatre is Atlanta’s top destination for Broadway shows. The theater originally opened as a movie palace in the late 1920s. Its ornate design was inspired by Far East religious temples. The movie palace eventually closed, but the Atlanta community stepped in to raise over three million dollars to save the theater, which currently runs as a non-profit. The Fox frequently ranks in the top three theaters in terms of ticket sales, cementing its place as one of the country’s best places for theatre. Upcoming shows at the Fox Theatre include The King and I, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Rent, and Hamilton.
The Alliance Theatre, which won a Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2007, runs shows for all ages. Adults can see stage productions of Shakespeare in Love, or Candide, while families with young children can enjoy shows like The Jungle Book and Alice Between. Alliance even has shows for kids who are too young to sit through a full-length play. The Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young puts on shows aimed at children five years old and younger. Kids are able to take part in shows like Dinosaur! and Play the Play with Cat the Cat, and the theatre says its shows for young children help overcome age, developmental, and language barriers.
Where’s the best place to catch a show in Atlanta?
The Fox Theatre is called the “Fabulous Fox” for a reason. The old movie palace is a beautiful place to see all kinds of performances. But if you can’t find a babysitter, or if you want to make sure you’ll find a show your kids can sit through, The Alliance Theatre, which is part of the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, might be a better option.
What shows are in Atlanta this weekend?
To check out the Atlanta theater scene for this weekend, scroll up to the listings at the top of this page.
Atlanta Theatre Tips and Tricks:
- The Horizon Theatre company puts on special holiday-themed plays from mid-November to the end of the year. 2017’s holiday plays include The Santaland Diaries by famous essayist David Sedaris and Madeline’s Christmas.
- The Fox Theatre recommends arriving at least 30 minutes before a show is scheduled to start (and this is a good rule in general).
What show should I see while I’m in Atlanta?
Atlanta is the home of the Center for Puppetry Arts, the largest puppetry theatre non-profit in the world. As you can imagine, the theatre puts on kid-friendly puppet performances of stories like Charlotte’s Web, but they put on shows geared towards older audiences as well.
How much are tickets to shows in Atlanta?
Atlanta is one of the top theater destinations in the country, with a wide variety of venues and performances. Fans of all types are able to find a price point they’re comfortable with. For a look at ticket prices for upcoming theater, scroll to the top of the page and see events today, this weekend, and this week
What shows should I see in Atlanta?
There are shows in Atlanta for every type of theatre fan. You can scroll through the listings above to see what’s playing, or visit our Theater Page to see theater playing anywhere.