Whether it’s seeing an excellent rendition of Romeo & Juliet or singing along to the chorus in Hamilton, spending a few hours at the theater is always a delight. Some cities are far more well-equipped for a theater experience than others, and though we may be biased, we think Boston does it best!
Imaginations Expanded, Emotions Tickled, and Eyes Ablaze With Wonder: The Best of Boston Theater
Charming rows of brownstones, early colonial architecture, a plethora of delectable restaurants to dine at; the ambiance for dinner and a show is impeccable throughout the city. Now the question begs, where to catch a show? As you might imagine, the options are plentiful. To help you narrow down your choices, take a glance at this list of our favorite theater venues in Boston.
Shakespeare on the Common (Free)
Performed annual on the Parkman Bandstand in Boston Common, Shakespeare on the Common has been pleasing crowds each summer for over 20 years. The 2019 schedule has not yet been released, but it won’t be hard to catch a show as there’s a performance almost every day. From Romeo & Juliet to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare on the Common is always an absolute delight. You’ll get to enjoy the warm summer air and feel the happy energy of the audience. There’s nothing quite like a Boston summer, and we hope you get a chance to experience it!
Boston Opera House
An opulent interior draped in red and gold hues; the Boston Opera House is the epitome of a classy evening out. The venue hosts the region’s most acclaimed Broadway shows, Boston Ballet performances, and a myriad of other cultural presentations and concerts. During the holiday season, it’s become a tradition for many a Bostonian to get dolled up and catch a rendition of The Nutcracker. It’s truly a magnificent sight to behold on its own, well worth a visit next time you’re in town!
Cutler Majestic Theater
Emerson College enhanced the Boston theater community when they purchased the elegant Beaux Arts style Theater back in 1983 and restored it to its original magnificence. Originally built in 1903, Cutler Majestic Theater is one of the most aesthetically pleasing theaters in the city. It’s recognized as a Boston Historic Landmark and features a range of performing arts shows from ballet to theater.
Boston Playwrights’ Theater
One of Boston’s smaller theater’s, The Boston Playwrights’ Theater is the venue to choose if you’re interested in seeing a brand new play. The mission of this particular theater is to support new, and seasoned, playwrights in writing and producing their plays. Since the theater is located at Boston University, you can kill two birds with one play! Enjoy the show and get a chance to experience BU!
Without a doubt, Company One is among the most innovative and unexpected theater companies. The mission of the company is to build community at the intersection of art and social change. As such, you can expect every production to be thought-provoking and call into question what is just, equal, and innovative. Not a new company by any means, this year marks its 20th season!
American Repertory Theater
No Boston theater list is complete without a nod to neighboring Cambridge and its iconic Harvard University, which is where the American Repertory Theater is housed. Known as A.R.T., this theater seeks to explore the best works from around the globe and across the ages.
As you can tell by now, you’ll need a few days in Boston to take in as many of these theater venues as possible! Stay in the center of all the action at Copley Square Hotel. From the Hotel, you’ll be able to easily walk to a number of delicious restaurants before heading out to see a show. Each theater will be either a short walk, Uber, or public transit jaunt away!