Celebrating its 200th birthday in 2009, the Walnut Street is the oldest theatre in the United States. With its extraordinary history and theatrical pedigree (and an illustrious alumni featuring Edwin Booth to Katharine Hepburn to Marlon Brando) Walnut Street has endured war, depression and financial endangerment to remain one of Philadelphia’s most resilient and gallant theatre companies.
Now operating three full yearly seasons, The Walnut Street’s mainstage offers elaborate productions of large scale musicals and plays (Miss Saigon, Oliver! and Amadeus have been recent favorites) while its Independence Studio on 3 presents the best in contemporary small cast production, and its Walnut Street Theatre for Kids offers family fare for ages 12 and under. Walnut Street also produces a thriving theatrical academy, and a touring outreach company specializing in performances at local schools.
Walnut Street Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Very good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $10–$70, day-of-show tickets $35–$40 for all mainstage production, $10 and $30 standby tickets also available, discounts for people 24 or younger, military, and members of the entertainment industry, discounts available for groups of 15 or more
- Subscriptions: Five-Play subscriptions $85–$195, $130–$330 for opening night, $90–$130 for seniors and anyone 24 or younger.