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Asheville Theatre, Plays & Performing Arts

Also see: Events | Art Tours & Festivals | Live Music and Dancing | Civic Center | The Orange Peel | Fringe Festival
Asheville boasts a number of acting companies and theaters. The summer season is the busiest with plenty of performing arts to choose from!
Brevard Music Summer Festival
Top Pick: Brevard Summer Music Festival: Choose from 80 public concerts, staged operas and musicals during a seven week period (mid June through early August) at their campus in Brevard, 32 miles from downtown. Read more about Brevard Music Center.

Flat Rock Playhouse Flat Rock Playhouse
North Carolina's State Theatre in Flat Rock presents the best of Broadway musicals, comedy and drama from May through December. Located 29 miles south of Asheville near Hendersonville.
Read more about Flat Rock Playhouse and see what's playing next.

Asheville Community Theatre Asheville Community Theatre
The longest running community theatre group in town with superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals in their theatre downtown.
Go to their Web site.

Asheville Symphony Asheville Symphony
An impressive season of classical, pops and choral works in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown at the Civic Center.
Go to their Web site.

Altamont Theatre

Altamont Theatre Company
Altamont Theatre Company is downtown Asheville’s professional black-box musical theatre featuring world-class performers, up-close and personal, in its intimate 120-seat space. Located at 18 Church Street.
Go to their Web site.


diana wortham theatre Diana Wortham Theatre
This 500-seat theatre is host to more than 150 performances annually by professional touring artists and local arts organizations. It is an intimate theatre with exceptional acoustics and sightlines. Located at 2 Pack Square in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Go to their Web site.

independent films asheville Fine Arts Theatre
Downtown's only cinema is dedicated to first-run and independent films. See fine films not necessarily shown in the larger commercial theaters in the wonderfully renovated older movie house. Located in downtown Asheville at 36 Biltmore.
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Montford Park Players Shakespeare Festival
North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival presents free theatre in a park near downtown Asheville all summer long. Join them for their summer season under the stars and enjoy quality classic drama in a delightful outdoor setting with its entertaining and educational quality productions of Shakespeare and other great playwrights. The free performances are held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford starting at 7:30 p.m.
Read more about the Shakespeare Festival.

NC Stage NC Stage
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville
, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville. In addition to our own season of plays, they host other local theatre, dance, and music.
Go to their Web site.

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre is located at Mars Hill College, 18 miles north of downtown. This traditional summer-stock theatre's season runs mid-June to mid-August.
Go to their Web site.

Anam Cara Theatre Company

Anam Cara Theatre Company
See eclectic, avant garde theatre aimed at building community, sparking dialogue, and promoting progressive social change. Located in West Asheville, they produce several mainstage shows per year in addition to a variety of smaller productions. Some are collaboratively created original works and all of which are singular, inventive, envelope-pushing and of the highest quality.
Go to their Web site.


Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective
This hard-working, non-profit group works with performance artists and groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world. Shows are at the 65-seat black box BeBe Theatre at 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville.
Go to their Web site.


University of North Carolina-Asheville Theatre
2013-2014 Mainstage Season, tickets: $10/person

  • Sorting Trash, written by Dan Gordon. Sorting Trash is a smart comedy that follows the life of Emily Barcus, a thirty-something woman trying to cope with the woes of her messed up family. Oct 10-12 at 7:30 PM and Oct 13 at 2 PM.
  • Columbinus, written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, . looks at issues of alienation, bullying, hostility and social pressure in high schools and culminates with what happened at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999. A discussion will be held after each performance. The dates are Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 PM and Nov 24 at 2 PM.
  • Shakespeare's immortal comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream on April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 PM and April 6 at 2 PM.

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More Theatre, Music and Dance near Asheville

Parkway Playhouse
The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville is the longest continually-operating seasonal theater in North Carolina. Ticket prices for adults range from only $15-$20 per show. For information, call (828) 682-4285 or visit: www.parkwayplayhouse.com.

Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance: Asheville’s own professional contemporary ballet company. Terpsicorps is currently a summer organization, hiring in critically acclaimed dancers from such well respected dance companies as Pittsburgh Ballet, Balletmet, American Repertory Ballet, and the Nashville Ballet.  
Go to their Web site

Blue Ridge Orchestra: Comprised of accomplished amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians who volunteer their time in an effort to make orchestral music more accessible to the community.
Go to their Web site.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre: This modern dance company presents a diverse repertory, both traditional and experimental. Their performances take place in the Diana Wortham Theatre or their dance studio downtown.
Go to their Web site.

Asheville Lyric Opera: This professional opera company brings several fantastic productions to town each year. Most are presented in the Diana Wortham Theatre.
Go to their Web site.

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre: HART’s main stage performances are in the James Auditorium, a 255-seat traditional proscenium space that operates April through November. In the winter, productions shift to the 75-seat Feichter Studio Theatre for a second season of more experimental work. Located in Waynesville.
Go to their Web site.

     
     

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