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Charleston, South Carolina

Footlight Players

20 Queen Street

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The Footlight Players are Charleston’s oldest theater company, formed in 1931 as a means of staging a group of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. They hold court, and performances, in a cavernous old cotton warehouse on Queen Street that was converted into theater space in the late 1980s.

In recent years, productions have ranged from Susan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer-winning Topdog/Underdog to the satiric The Bible: The complete Word of God (abridged), presented as part of the Footlight’s Late Night Series. The Footlight also conducts the Charleston Acting Academy, an acting school for students in the area interested in pursuing a career in acting or film.

Footlight Players Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (a 3-minute walk from CARTA buses 20, 30, and 211 at Meeting Street/Queen Street)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: 5 shows per season with multiple performances of each
  • Ticket Prices: Mainstage shows $26 Adults; $22 Seniors; $15 Students; $12 Children (12 and under). Late Night Series $10 on Thursday; $15 on Friday and Saturday
  • Subscriptions: Range from $68 – $132. Student and Senior discounts are available.