Charleston’s Theater Scene


Charleston is a hub of culture, history, and style. This is evidence by the variety of theaters interspersed through the Peninsula. The Charleston theater scene offers venues that range in size, from intimate to grand, and performance, from play to musical. If you’re looking for a contemporary drama to accompany a romantic dinner or comedy to entertain and enjoy, Charleston’s theater scene has it.

Theater 99
– Photo courtesy Theater 99

Theater 99 on Meeting Street is best known for improv comedy and is an annual host to Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto. The Footlight Players on Queen Street is a top-notch theater school that is open to actors of all ages. Formed in 1931, the Footlight Players perform out of cotton warehouse built circa 1850. Visitors of Charleston can also experience theatrical history at The Dock Street Theater located on Church Street. The Dock Street Theater is known as America’s oldest theater, having opening on February 12, 1736. It has made a name for itself by putting together such classics as A Christmas Carol and Charlotte’s Web in a beautifully restored building.

Dock Street Theater
– Photo courtesy Julia Lynn, Post & Courier

In addition to these local options, guests are welcome to attend College of Charleston three campus theater spaces with sensational performances from up and coming actors on their way to Hollywood and Broadway. For those interested in schedules of upcoming shows, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable concierge team to customize a trip that works with your schedule.

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