Fall 2018 Theater Season in Connecticut Last Updated 8/18

Drama! Music! Tap dancing! The fall theater season is in full swing at Connecticut’s performing arts theaters. From Broadway shows you know, to stunning new plays you’ll love, to holiday favorites come to life, you’ll find great options for theater all over the state. Here are just a few of the many theaters and their larger productions running now through December. Follow each theater’s link for ticket information.

The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, Hartford

Fiddler on the Roof
November 6-11, 2018
A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

Hamilton
December 11-30, 2018
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

 

Downtown Cabaret, Bridgeport

The Christmas Elf 2
November 10-December 23, 2018
The Christmas elf is back. With new adventures and new challenges, our hero must enlist all the help he can get to save Christmas for everyone.

Annie
November 30-Decmber 30, 2018
Based on the popular comic strip, this perfect family-friendly musical has become a worldwide phenomenon.

 

Hartford Stage, Hartford

Henry V
October 11-November 11, 2018
In Shakespeare’s Henry V, shortly after gaining the throne, Henry must decide whether or not to embark on a war that could solidify his reign—or bring his country to its knees.

A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas
November 23-December 29, 2018
Come see one of Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!

 

The Goodspeed, East Haddam

The Drowsy Chaperone
September 21-November 25, 2018
The rags-to-riches story of America’s beloved stage, screen and radio star bursts to life as a Ziegfeld Follies-style extravaganza. Family, fame and fate are center stage in Will’s rise from obscurity to stardom.
 

Goodspeed Musicals — The Norma Terris Theatre, Chester

A Connecticut Christmas Carol
November 30-December 30, 2018
Some of the most beloved storytellers in Connecticut history come alive for a yuletide gathering you won’t forget. Famed actor and local legend William Gillette leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Dickens’ holiday classic in the 1920s. Local heroes Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and P.T. Barnum make spirited appearances opposite Gillette’s Scrooge in a highly theatrical twist on a family favorite. 

 

Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton

Queens of the Golden Mask
October 31-November 18, 2018
Set in Alabama in 1962, this haunting new play about a group of mothers and daughters takes us from church picnics and summer camp to the secrets and hypocrisy that lie just beneath the surface. A world premiere.

Coney Island Christmas
December 13-23, 2018
Coney Island Christmas introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.

 

Little Theater of Manchester, Manchester

Kiss Me, Kate
November 2-18, 2018
With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, Kiss Me, Kate combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare.

 

Long Wharf Theater, New Haven

The Roommate
October 10-November 4, 2018
A comedy about what it takes to re-route your life, and what happens when the wheels come off.

Paradise Blue
November 21-December 1, 2018
Dynamic, sultry, and spiced with humor, Paradise Blue is a new American classic you’ll want to experience.

 

Palace Theater, Waterbury

Rudolph
November 30-December 1, 2018
Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

 

Shubert Theatre, New Haven

A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 23, 2018
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they put on their own Christmas play and ultimately discover the true meaning of the season.

A Christmas Carol
November 24-25, 2018
Charles Dickens’ story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who discovers the true meaning of Christmas with the help of Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, captures all the warmth, goodwill, and musical memories of the holiday season.

Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas
December 8, 2018
This new Christmas sequel will feature the five ladies we have all come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip and just let their hair down during the craziest of times: THE HOLIDAYS!

The Wizard of Oz
December 27-30, 2018
Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the colorful sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects.

 

Warner Theater, Torrington

Disney's Newsies
November 3-11, 2018
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 8-16, 2018
A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a staple of the holiday season in America. It’s funny how a simple premise can resonate through the generations, but it is and will remain symbolic of how the quest for the best gifts or prettiest tree often distracts us from the important things during the festive period.

 

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport

Thousand Pines
October 30-November 17, 2018
Nothing feels the same since the day Thousand Pines Junior High School was on every news channel and in everyone’s hearts. Six months after a student brought a gun to school and killed his classmates, the families of the children who died struggle with their need for answers and closure. This important and riveting new drama brings the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse stage.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
December 5-22, 2018
Grammy-nominated pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek shares the gripping, biographical tale of her mother’s escape from Vienna in 1938. When the young Jewish piano prodigy finds her dreams threatened by the looming war, she escapes to England on the Kindertransport. Ms. Golabek tells an incomparable true story while interweaving the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and even a little Gershwin in this elegant and beautiful production.

 

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven

The Prisoner
November 2-17, 2018
Two-time Tony Award winner Peter Brook, widely hailed as the most influential director of the 20th century, and his longtime collaborator Marie-Helene Estienne examind the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production.