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Alliance Theatre

Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE

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One of the largest and most prominent theaters in the Southeast, the Alliance Theatre was the recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award for its commitment to excellence. A host of events, from free acting workshops to post-show expert panels and special family nights, make visiting the Alliance Theatre an experience that goes beyond just seeing a show. It’s a top-notch professional theater that creates a genuine community experience.

The Alliance has been the launching pad for three very different shows that went on to Broadway: Alfred Uhry’s semi-autobiographical play The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Disney’s Aida (scored by Elton John and Tim Rice), and the musical version of The Color Purple. This diversity is reflective of the Alliance’s varied programming, which features plays and musicals of every stripe, while staying true to the hometown crowd by including many Southern-themed works.

Alliance Theatre Information

  • Venues: The Alliance uses two performance spaces: the Alliance (770-seat) and Hertz (200-seat) stages. The Alliance shares the Woodruff Center with the 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and the High Museum of Art
  • Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from MARTA buses 37 and 110 at Peachtree Street NE/16th Street NE)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 11 shows per season. Performances throughout the week, though often dark on Mondays
  • Ticket Prices: Vary, but signing up for both the Alliance’s Email Club and monthly The Insider e-newsletter allows you to get extra discounts and promotions
  • Subscriptions: Alliance Stage Series (4 mainstage productions: $105–$210); Turner Series on the Hertz (4 new intimate shows at the Hertz: $130–$140); Family Series (2-play $10–$45; 3-play $15–$80); Impromptu Pass (flex-pass to see all of the shows when you want to see them, as many times as you want to see them: $199); Discovery Pass – for ages 35 or younger (allows you to see as many Alliance Stage, Hertz Stage, and Family Series shows as you want for only $25 per month plus all the benefits of being a Season ticket holder)
  • Educational/Community Outreach: The Company’s renowned Theatre for Youth produces two shows (one intended for elementary-school audiences and the other for middle-school students) each season. The Theatre for Youth’s latest endeavor, the Collision Project, gets high-school students directly involved in the creative process by immersing them in a classical text, used as a jumping-off point for the students to devise their own original play with the help of a playwright. On the collegiate level, there is the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, which accepts submissions from students in playwriting programs across the country. At the conclusion of the competition, a winning play is produced at the Alliance.