The Huntington Theatre, founded in 1982 (just two years after the American Rep), is the other big kid on the block in Boston. It has a well-deserved reputation for not just taking on edgy work, but for having an older audience base.
In addition to offering generous ticket price discounts to college aged patrons, the theater also hosts College Nights for the matriculated crowd. Students who want to spread the word can join the Huntington Student Ambassador Program.
For people who have some relevant experience, the Huntington Literary Office takes on a few volunteer readers each season who help read and evaluate the many play submissions that the company receives. If you’re lacking the right credentials for that job, but would still like to be on the ground floor (literally), the Huntington also takes on volunteer ushers, who get to see the show for free.
Although the Huntington’s productions are generally very positively received and audiences love the ambience of the old theater where the company performs most of its shows, some people hesitate to spend the money for a subscription. So it’s worth noting that unlike many other theaters, the Huntington offers a money-back guarantee to its audience members: If you attend your first show and aren’t satisfied, you can turn in your remaining tickets for a full refund.
Huntington Theatre Company Information
- Other Venue: Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $30–$75; $25 tickets for people aged 21–35 who sign up with the 35 Below/Pay Your Age program, $12 student tickets, limited number of free first-come first-served tickets, groups of 10 or more get 20% off
- Subscriptions: Subscription packages allow you to choose four-seven shows that you want to see. Subscribers save up to 50%. The theater also offers a special FlexPass subscription that allows you to pay a flat rate of $50 per ticket. Student subscription (25 and under with ID) is $15 per play. B.U. faculty/staff/alumni get to deduct $10 from each play in their subscription; seniors and military personnel deduct $5 per ticket. Benefits include free ticket exchanges.