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Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street
Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Cross Street: 9th Street
215.574.3550
Hours Of Operation
Tuesday through Friday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Memorial Day, Independence Day, The 3rd full week in August for summer break, Labor Day - On Thanksgiving the Wenesday through Sunday, Christmas and New Year's.

The Walnut Street Theatre, founded in 1809, is America's Oldest Theatre. It is also the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania, and a National Historic Landmark. With more than 56,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world. When the theatre opened its doors on February 2, 1809, the pounding of hooves mingled with the shrieks of delight from the crowd as teams of horses circled a dirt riding ring. A few years later, an 80-foot dome was added to the theatre, making it the tallest structure in Philadelphia at that time. The theatre's career as an equestrian circus did not last long, however,Walnut Street Theatre Play and by 1812 the building had been converted to a legitimate theatre, featuring a real stage where the ring had stood. The Walnut's first theatrical production, The Rivals, had President Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in attendance on opening night.

In 1820, Edwin Forrest, a young Philadelphian who would have a profound impact on American drama, made his professional debut on the Walnut stage at age 14. In 1828 John Haviland, the most prominent architect of his day, designed major renovations to the interior and exterior of the building. The present façade is based on his original design.

  • General: Call 215.574.3550 for pricing
  • The production and presentation of professional theatre they encourag training and development of artists and the cultivation of diverse audiences
  • Groups: Special discounts are available for groups of 15 or more for regular Walnut Street Theatre Mainstage, Independence Studio on 3 and Walnut Street Theatre for Kids productions. Discounts are available for individual shows and season subscriptions.

    For more information please call the Group Hotline at 215-574-3550, ext. 4, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

  • Casting:Walnut Street Theatre is first and foremost dedicated to the casting and employment of local Philadelphia-based actors. Each of our Mainstage and Studio productions begin with local auditions, which are by appointment only. In addition to holding local auditions for each production, we also participate in Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia's Annual Auditions each year.
  • Donate: As a non-profit theatre, the Walnut relies on the generosity of thousands of contributors to help us provide our community with the finest theatre and t heatre education. These donors, known as "Angels," support our wide range of programming—from our Mainstage to our Studio to our educational initiatives.

  • Behind The Scene: Then check out our Behind the Scenes Photo Tour and learn more about the public spaces, administrative and production departments, and what goes on behind the scenes to make it all come together. From our lobbies, offices and rehearsal halls to the tech booths, dressing rooms, and scene and prop shop, this photo gallery will give you an inside look at Walnut Street Theatre.
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