The Cleveland Play House, established in 1915, was America's first professional theater company. It is also the country's oldest regional theater.
The Play House, based at the Allen Theater in Playhouse Square, produces a regular schedule of comedies, drama, and musicals throughout the season, including frequent world premieres. Some of theater's biggest names have played here, including Hal Holbrook, Tom Hanks, and Ed Asner.
More than Theater:
The Cleveland Play House's mission includes more than performance. It's also dedicated to education. The Play House's popular children's theater program, called the "Curtain Pullers", was founded in 1933. The Play House also conducts adult acting classes and workshops as well as a professional actor training program in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University.
Hotels Near the Cleveland Play House:
Out-of-towners can stay at the Wyndham Hotel Playhouse Square (check rates), located right across the street from the theaters, or the Ritz Carlton (check rates) and the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel at Public Square (check rates).
Visiting the Cleveland Play House:
The Cleveland Play House is located in downtown Cleveland, at Playhouse Square. Ample (fee-based) parking is available behind the theater and on the streets surrounded the theater. Performance tickets can be obtained at the Play House box office, by telephone, or online.
Cleveland Play House
Allen Theater Complex
1407 Euclid Ave.
The Cleveland Play House commissioned a new theater complex on Euclid Ave, which was completed in 1983. The building, designed by architect Philip Johnson, includes the 744-seat Bolton Theatre, the 503-seat Drury Theatre, the 147-seat Brooks Theatre, and the 322-seat Baxter Stage. In addition the the theaters, the building has a great rotunda lobby that frequently hosts art exhibits.