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Best Theatres In Maine: A Guide To The Top Local Theatres

A guide to the top venues in Maine, how to buy tickets, and more!

Best Theatres In Maine: A Guide To The Top Local Theatres

BroadwayWorld prides itself on our vast and expansive coverage of theatre in over 250 cities all over the world.

We know our readers love to take in theatre when they travel, be that just to another city, or abroad to another country.

To help them out, we're working with our local theatre experts to launch theatre guides in all our local cities!

Check out our list of some of the top venues to check out when visiting Maine below, including Maine State Music Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Portland Stage and more!

Maine State Music Theatre

Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Road, Brunswick ME, 22 Elm St., Brunswick, ME (offices) 207-725 8769, www.msmt.org

Having recently celebrated its 60th anniversary season, MSMT has become not only the crown jewel in Maine's professional theatre circuit, but also functions as a leading regional theatre on the national scene. A destination for summer visitors from places far away, the Equity company performs four main stage musicals at the Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus, three Theatre for Young Audience shows, three concert stagings, co-productions with other local professional companies like Portland Stage and The Public Theatre, and offers numerous free public outreach activities, in addition to fielding one of the most prestigious artist training programs in the country. Repertoire ranges from classic to modern musicals and new works, all lavishly produced and stunningly staged.

Ogunquit Playhouse

10 Main St., Ogunquit, ME 207-646-5511 www.ogunquitplayhouse.org

With its venerable eighty-plus-year-history, Ogunquit Playhouse is one of Maine's cultural jewels and a cornerstone of America's theatrical heritage, commonly regarded as one of the last of the great Summer Theatres from the Straw Hat Circuit still producing traditional live musical theatre. Ogunquit Playhouse offers five musicals in a season that runs from May- October, followed by a Christmas show in Portsmouth. The range of its repertoire is versatile; offering Broadway standards, new works, and works in development, and its historic venue in picturesque beach town Ogunquit is worth a visit in itself.

The Good Theater

76 Congress St., Portland, ME 207-835-0895 www.goodtheater.com

Good Theater is a professional theater company dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions that are uplifting, inspiring, and life affirming. The company presents a mixture of comedies, dramas and musicals, and In recent years, has debuted a number of Maine premieres. Good Theater is in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland.

Portland Stage

25 A Forest Ave., Portland, ME 207-774-0465 www.portlandstage.org

Portland Stage is a leading Equity company producing, seven main stage plays, plus an annual co-production of a musical with MSMT, in addition to a studio series and a developmental works series. The company devotes a great many of its resources to producing new works, as well as to its intern program and Theater for Kids offerings.

Mad Horse Theatre

24 Mosher St., South Portland, ME www.madhorse.com 207-747-4148

Mad Horse Theatre Company is a resident, professional theatre ensemble that produces plays in an intimate black box space. Their choice of repertoire, which features new work as well as classic and contemporary pieces, is thought-provoking and dedicated to illuminating human relationships and issues.

Snowlion Repertory

7-518-9305 www.snowlionrep.org

Repertory Company is a small professional company that devotes itself to creating, developing, and producing theatrical works of cultural, ethical, and spiritual value, bringing new and newly-imagined musicals and plays to the stage. Snowlion Rep produces shows in venues throughout greater Portland.

The Public Theatre

31 Maple St., Lewiston, ME 207-782-3200 www.thepublictheatre.org

An Equity company, Lewiston's The Public Theatre is committed to bringing high-quality professional theatre to a Central Maine public at affordable prices. Popular with local theatre-goers, the Public produces an October - May season of mostly contemporary plays with an emphasis on comedies. In 2019 it will offer its first co-production with MSMT of a musical, Grease.

Penobscot Theatre Company

131 Main St., Bangor, ME 207-942-3333 www.penobscottheatre.org

Performing in the Bangor Opera House, Penobscot Theatre Company is a professional year round company producing a wide variety of plays and musicals each season.

Theater at Monmouth

796 Main St., Monmouth, ME207-993-9999 www.theateratmonmouth.org

Housed in the historic neo-Gothic Cumston Hal and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Theater at Monmouth is a year-round Equity repertory company that produces theme-based summer seasons focused on Shakespeare and the classics with a few contemporary works and musical offerings. In addition to its summer repertory, TAM fields through Education Tours, annually reaching over 15,000 students state-wide.

Portland Players

420 Cottage Rd., South Portland, ME 207-799-7371 www.portlandplayers.org

The venerable community theatre produces a season of four musicals and one drama with local talent.

Lyric Music Theater of Portland

176 Sawyer St., South Portland, ME 207-799-1421 www.lyricmusictheater.org

Another venerable community theatre, Lyric devotes itself entirely to musicals, producing a six-show season with local talent.

Lakewood Theatre

76 Theater Rd., Madison, ME 207-474-7176 www.,lakewoodtheater.org
One of America's oldest summer theaters Lakewood producies nine shows, including plays and musicals, every summer in a dinner theatre setting. including comedies, dramas and musicals.

Biddeford City Theater

205 Main St., Biddeford, ME 207-282-0819 www.citytheater.org

A community theatre group in residence at the historic Biddeford Opera House, the company produces five ambitious plays and musicals.

Hackmatack Playhouse

538 School St., Berwick, ME 207-698-1807 www.hackmatack.org
One of New England's most charming and quaint summer theatres, Hackmatack plays and musicals performs in a barn setting during the summer months.

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