January 2nd, 2017
When the weather gets chilly, there’s nothing like curling up for a good show in a cozy theatre near your Edgewater apartment. Luckily for Edgewater residents, the Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest continuously operating theatre in the English-speaking world and the oldest in the United States, is only two and a half miles from home at 825 Walnut Street on the corner of S. 9th Street in the Washington Square West neighborhood.
With more than 55,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world, and for good reason – it hosts performances on three venues, the Mainstage, for the company’s primary and larger productions, the Independence Studio on 3, a studio located on the building’s third floor for smaller productions, and the Studio 5 on the fifth floor, which is rented out for independent productions.
Currently planned for this season is The Wizard of Oz running until Jan. 8, Laughter on the 23rd Floor running until March 5, The Importance of Being Earnest running until April 30, Saturday Night Fever running until July 16 and much more.
If you’re interested in learning more about this legendary theater’s history, they also host one-hour $10 tours of the venue that offer a behind-the-scenes look at how they put their shows together using the best talent from Philadelphia, New York and beyond. Participants may have an opportunity to visit a rehearsal hall or, when possible, stand on the same stage that hosted so many stars and even a presidential debate.
The Walnut Theatre
825 Walnut St, Philadelphia