Great Stages of Connecticut Last Updated 11/16

Connecticut is home to six of the best regional theaters in the country — together producing an amazing array of fresh interpretations of the classics as well as new plays and musicals. It also boasts many other inviting venues that present touring shows. So you'll never be far from a night (or a day) out at the theater when you're in Connecticut.

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Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton

Connecticut theaters have always enjoyed a lively history in summer stock. In 1930, this still-busy venue became the first self-supporting summer theater in the nation.

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Westport Country Playhouse, Westport

The Playhouse opened in 1931 in a red barn in an old apple orchard in Fairfield County and has been going strong ever since, these days as a year-round venue creating its own productions.

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Shubert Theater, New Haven

The Shubert celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2014 and has hosted more than 600 tryouts of Broadway-bound productions, including “Oklahoma,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “South Pacific,” and stars such as Marlon Brando, Julie Andrews, Henry Fonda and the Marx Brothers.

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Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam

Goodspeed opened as a professional musical theater in 1963 and has produced more than 250 musicals, exported 18 productions to Broadway - including Annie, Man of La Mancha and Shenandoah - and produced 72 world premieres.

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Hartford Stage, Hartford

Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals. Over the years, the stage has been home to 68 world and American premieres, including “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway,” winner of four 2014 Tony Awards.

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Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven

Long Wharf began its life in a food terminal facing New Haven Harbor. In the years since, it’s become a force in the regional theater movement, bringing more than 30 productions to Broadway, including “Wit,” “The Shadow Box,” “The Gin Game” and “The Changing Room.”

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Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven

Yale Rep, always closely associated with the Yale School of Drama, was founded in 1966 and remains dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classics. It has produced over 100 premieres, including two Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford

Founded in 1964 in honor of America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright (and New London native), the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is a vibrant and multifaceted force in American theater.