RVA’s Performing Arts: Just One More Facet of Our Creative Culture
The Richmond region is truly a bastion of creativity and art. Its culture is deeply rooted in rich history and diversity. You feel it and see it, as evidenced by the 100+ building-size murals! But, there’s so much more than eye candy to behold. Richmond’s performing arts scene is extensive with truly something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Here are just a handful of the many offerings you’ll be glad you explored!
Here, you’ll find art exhibitions, concerts, plays and musicals, modern and classic dance performances, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, and so much more! It’s truly an unparalleled opportunity to experience the arts, entertain new ideas, and experience first-hand all the best this community has to offer. The center utilizes the unique features of the old Glen Allen School by bringing together the best in visual, literary and performing arts with impeccable programming. On any given week, a visitor may experience concerts by nationally known artists, and so much more. The center is a vital community resource for creativity and education in the visual and performing arts.
Is comedy your thing? If so, then you must check out the Coalition Theater, located in the Arts District of Downtown Richmond. Home to RVA’s best comedy shows, improv and stand up classes and more, the theater was voted “Best Comedy Group” by Style Weekly several years of the last decade. The small non-profit theater is dedicated to supporting live comedy and it relies on donations to support the space, shows, training, and other outreach.
This authentic 16th-century tudor-style manor home was originally built in England and was transported to Richmond, VA, and rebuilt brick by brick in 1926. With this unique history, it serves as the perfect host to the The Richmond Shakespeare Festival, produced by the Quill Theater and performed in the courtyard. Year-round programming also highlights the gardens, and the lifestyle of the period.
With a long-standing history at the center of RVA’s theatre scene, the Virginia Repertory Theatre creates professional productions of a wide variety of comedies, dramas, and musicals for adults and, sometimes, special children’s performances. As Central Virginia’s largest non-profit, professional theater company, it boasts four distinct venues, an educational touring arm, and an annual audience of over a half million people!
This professional theatre company takes pride in being the leading performing arts company in the Mid Atlantic, producing high quality, transformational programming that is rooted in LBGTQ+ experiences along with the development and celebration of queer artistry. The Robert B. Moss Theater is their home and one of the landmarks in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood.
This landmark Art Deco building in Eastern Henrico, hosts a variety of musical and theatrical performances as part of the Henrico County Recreation and Parks Department’s cultural offerings.
You can catch performances of touring Broadway shows, the Virginia Opera, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Ballet, and more at the historic Dominion Energy Center and the iconic Altria Theatre.
The cornerstone of the Dominion Energy Center is the fully renovated and restored, grand and historic Carpenter Theatre, with its 1,800 comfortable seats, state of the art acoustics, and brilliant lighting, including fiber optics (wait until you see the ceiling’s sparkling stars)! The theater’s revival falls squarely on the work of the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, whose mission is to provide diverse local and world-class performing arts and education experiences for students of all ages in order to strengthen the cultural and economic vitality of Greater Richmond.
Richmond’s Altria Theater, located across from the historic Monroe Park, west of downtown, is nestled in the middle of the VCU campus and now plays host to a variety of events, including Broadway productions, The Richmond Forum speaker series, concerts, comedians, children’s theater, and so much more. Chock full of history, the Altria was originally known as the Mosque Theater when it opened in 1927. The City purchased it from the Shriners in 1940 and much later (1994-95) embarked on a renovation to restore its splendor. The Altria is truly one of the best known and most striking buildings in Richmond. With amazing acoustics, it ranks among the most popular stages for theatrical and musical performances, and has hosted some of America’s greatest entertainers.
These and so many more unique Richmond-based venues provide artists, performers, and audiences with countless opportunities for enjoyment.
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