Theater in Cleveland
Restaurants near Playhouse Square
Are you looking for somewhere to eat before or after the theater? Cleveland's Playhouse Square is experiencing a restaurant renaissance.
Live Theater in Northeast Ohio
Cleveland boasts the largest theater community between New York and Chicago. In addition, the city is home to the oldest African-American theater in the US (Karamu) and the critically-acclaimed Cleveland Play House, a theater that draws top actors, directors, and writers from all over the world.
The Hungtington Playhouse, in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, began in 1958 in the former carriage barn of the John Huntington Estate, part of the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Today, the 246-seat theater produces seven plays each season, from early May through December.
Great Lakes Theatre Festival
Great Lakes Theatre Festival is a permanent theater compnay, based at Cleveland's Playhouse Square. GLTF began in the 1950s as a Shakesperean troupe, but has expanded to add works from other classic playwrights. They produce five unique productions each season.
Cleveland's New Hanna Theater
The historic Hanna Theater, built in 1921 and located at Cleveland's Playhouse Square, is undergoing a $20 million face-lift. The 500-seat theater (down from its current 1400 seats) make-over is being spear-heading by the architectural firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky, whose other work includes renovations to St. Stanislaus Church, the Idea Center at Playhouse Square, and Beachwood's Maltz Museum o…
Chagrin Valley Little Theater
The Chagrin Valley Little Theater, located in the village of Chagrin Falls about 45 minutes east of Cleveland Ohio, is one of the oldest community theaters in the country. The theater company, founded in 1930, produces a full schedule of dramas, comedies, and musicals each year.
The Porthouse Theatre, in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio, offers professional live summer theatre in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Blossom Music Center.
Karamu House,located in Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood, is the oldest African-American theater in the United States. Founded in 1915, it has been the launching site for such diverse actors and playwrights as Langston Hughes, Ruby Dee, Robert Guillaume, and countless others. In addition to its theater, Karamu runs a day care facility and cultural arts classes for all age groups.
The Beck Center for the Arts
The Beck Center for the Arts, located ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland in Lakewood, Ohio, is the area's largest cultural arts center. The Beck produces a full schedule of dance, theater, and visual arts events throughout the year as well as holding arts classes for students of all ages.
Playhouse Square is Cleveland's theater district. Home to the opulent, restored State, Ohio, Palace, and Allen Theaters, Playhouse Square is second only to Broadway.
The Cleveland Play House is America's oldest regional theater company and its oldest regional theatre. They offer a regular schedule of dramas, comedies, and musicals, many of which are world premieres.