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Performing Arts

While Seattle is well known as the birthplace of grunge, we’re also home to more traditional musical delights, such as one of the world’s most recorded symphony orchestras and our renowned Seattle Opera, both of which enchant audiences year after year with their compelling performances. This “City of Music” offers more than eighty clubs and venues presenting live music on a regular basis, allowing you to choose anything from a sizzling jazz trio to your new favorite rock band. We’re also recognized as one of the county’s great theatre centers.

Groups like Seattle Repertory TheatreACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre offer everything from world-premieres and new works to award-winning interpretations of the classics. The historic Paramount Theatre and the Moore Theatre host touring concerts and Broadway shows, while over fifty other theatres produce inspired work by emerging artists. And that’s just the beginning. From the grand artistry of Pacific Northwest Ballet to a poetry reading in the most intimate setting, Seattle will set the stage for you.

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

The Merry Wives Of Windsor

7/7/2017 through 7/23/2017

Embraced by audiences as one of Shakespeare’s most delightful plays, this most merry and English of comedies centers …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

7/25/2017 through 7/30/2017

Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, …

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The Emperor’s New Clothes


A delightful and humorous adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale about two scoundrels who promise to weave …

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Ron Funches


Ron Funches is a very funny stand up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor. You just …

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Fred Armisen


Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that run the gamut …

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Welcome to Braggsville

Now through 7/2/2017

Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson, is a darkly funny, astonishing, razor-sharp satire of contemporary American issues …

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Sweeney Todd

Now through 7/1/2017

Stephen Sondheim’s bloody masterpiece Sweeney Todd, a worldwide success since its Broadway premiere in 1979, tells the tale …

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The Legend of Georgia McBride

Now through 7/2/2017

After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it’s now or never …

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Now through 7/2/2017

(IM)PULSE is a two-part dance theatre work that will explore acts of violence perpetrated against gay and LGBTQ …

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