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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

Kathleen Madigan


Stand-up comedian and TV personality Kathleen Madigan will take her tour to Seattle for a one-night stop at …

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An Improvised Christmas Carol

Now through 12/23/2023

Based on your suggestions, improvisers will weave Dickens’ tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious ways.

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Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza!

12/2/2023 through 12/23/2023

On Saturday evenings in December, join Sarah Hanchar and Christine Riippi, members of Unexpected Productions’ ensemble, as they …

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A Very Electric Christmas

Now through 12/31/2023

This electrified tale follows the journey of a young bird named Max and his family as they embark …

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Now through 12/27/2023

Stroll through the liveliest lobby in town and settle in for the holiday treat of the season. From …

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Now through 12/27/2023

Based on the beloved, timeless film, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas comes just in time for the holiday season. …

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MJ The Musical

12/7/2023 through 12/17/2023

Created by Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the …

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Little Women

Now through 12/17/2023

Kate Hamill’s (Pride and Prejudice, 2017) fresh and lively adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel will bring …

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Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue

12/6/2023 through 12/10/2023

Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue allows audiences to relive the heartfelt hilarity of the four ladies who never …

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