The arts in Maine, especially live theatre have always been vibrant. Nearly every region has a community theatre, college theatre, and professional acting companies. In fact, with our help, you could find a show to attend every night of the week! Here’s a few venues to help you get started on your mission to find the best theatres in Maine.
1. Portland Stage Company
Being Maine’s largest fully professional, non-profit theatre is a tough title to acquire. The company produces dozens of full scale productions, operates out of two spaces (a 288-seat proscenium theatre and a 70-seat Studio Theatre), and manages a number of festivals and programs throughout the year. Portland Stage has been the nurturing grounds for some of the greatest productions, playwrights, and artists from Maine in the last 30 years.
Box office hours: Labor Day through Independence Day = Mon-Sat 1PM-7PM; Independence Day through Labor Day = Mon-Fri 1PM-4PM
Portland Stage Company
25A Forest Avenue,
Portland, Maine 04101
2. Freeport Factory Stage
One of Maine’s newest venues for live theatre, Freeport Factory sits in the heart of Freeport and is one of the few with a year-round season. The stage is a 90-seat black box theatre that produces everything from original plays and musicals to popular full-length dramas and comedies. It’s a must-attend for the truest of theatre-goers who like their shows to be a bit more intimate.
Tickets: Online or at the door 90 minutes before show.
5 Depot Street
PO Box 13
Freeport, ME 04032
3. Penobscot Theatre Company
The northeastern-most point in Maine is not the most populous region in America. Consequently, Penobscot Theatre Company is a gem of live theatre in the Bangor region that is alive with artistic creativity. Making their home in the Bangor Opera House, this company produces half a dozen full-scale productions between August and May. To put it simply, if you’re willing to take the trip out to eastern Maine, a show at PTC will be an unforgettable experience.
Box office hours: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. [Monday - Friday]; 12 noon – curtain time [Performance Saturdays & Sundays]; Two hours before performance times
Penobscot Theatre Company
131 Main Street,
Bangor, Maine 04401
4. Schaeffer Theatre (at Bates College)
Bates College has one of the United States’ top undergraduate programs for theatre arts. You can see their (frequently) award- winning productions year-round. The college sits conveniently off the Maine Turnpike in Lewiston, Maine. Support College theatre with some of the best that Maine youngsters have to offer.
305 College Street,
Lewiston, Maine 04240
5. Acadia Repertory Theatre
The Maine Coast contains dozens of theatre, dance and opera companies that provide quality entertainment for vacationers and locals alike. Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park is one of the most famous vacation destinations in the state. So why shouldn’t it also be home to great theatre? Acadia Repertory Theatre makes its home in the intimate 148-seat theatre of Masonic Hall. Providing multiple shows each summer, Acadia Repertory Theatre is a great stop for entertainment while enjoying your summer on the Maine coast.
Box office hours: Tue-Sun, 10:30AM – 10:30PM
Ticket Prices: Regular $23; Senior/Student/Military $18; Children $10
1154 Main Street,
Mount Desert, ME 04660
6. Ogunquit Playhouse
“America’s Foremost Summer Theatre.” Founded in 1933, Ogunquit Playhouse is one of the oldest summer theatres in America. Their seasons begin in May and produce some of the best musical theatre in Maine.
Box office hours: 9AM – 5PM or show time.
10 Main Street
7. Pickard Theater (at Bowdoin College)
Home to Bowdoin College’s Department of Theater and Dance and the Maine State Musical Theater, Pickard is a 600-seat proscenium stage. If you are looking for quality live theatre at a good price check out the programs at Bowdoin College.
Box office hours: Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM
1 Bath Rd
Brunswick, Maine 04011
8. Celebration Barn Theater
Celebration Barn is a fully-staffed theatre training facility. They have nurtured some of America’s finest touring performers. Each summer, the company produces a full season of shows that feature professional artists, students, and faculty of Celebration Barn’s training program. If you are looking for live shows in a number of diverse styles, check out what Celebration Barn has on stage this summer.
Celebration Barn Theater
190 Stock Farm Road
South Paris, ME 04281