From familiar classics to thrilling new productions, immerse yourself in the theater in San Francisco. These places are what makes theater so vibrant and special in San Francisco.

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April 7, 2020
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San Francisco has long been an artistic and cultural hub, engaging audiences of all kinds and attracting some of the most visionary artists in the world. Theater in San Francisco is no different. When we don't have to shelter in place to #flattenthecurve, these are the places we love to visit that make theater so vibrant and special in San Francisco.

Due to COVID-19, a number of these productions may have been rescheduled or canceled. Contact the theaters for more information.

American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary St.)

Internationally recognized for its bold productions, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has welcomed more than seven million people and staged more than 300 productions since its first season in 1967. A.C.T.'s education and outreach programs have developed creative talent that's fueled the theater's creative engine for more than half a century.

This year's anticipated shows at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater include "Toni Stone" (Mar. 5-29); Richard O'Brien's "The Rocky Horror Show" (Apr. 23-May 17); and "Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone Part 2" (Jun. 4-28).

Bay Area Musicals (77 Van Ness Ave.)

Founded by local theater professionals and community leaders, Bay Area Musicals (BAMSF) has been dedicated to the craft of the American musical since 2014. They pride their productions on exhibiting diverse cultures, showcasing local and national talent, and cultivating original pieces from conception to premiere right here in San Francisco. "The Full Monty," "A Chorus Line," and "In the Heights" are the musical productions on stage in 2020.

BroadwaySF (Various Theaters)

BroadwaySF's live entertainment experiences are performed at premier San Francisco venues like the Orpheum Theatre, Golden Gate Theatre, Davies Symphony Hall, and Marines' Memorial Theatre. See Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" during its extended run through May 2020. With eight productions slated to hit BroadwaySF's stages in 2020, there's plenty of theater to be excited about.

The Curran (445 Geary St.)

For nearly a century, The Curran has housed some of the biggest productions in theater history and remains a historic San Francisco theater. More recently, they've welcomed incredible productions, including "Eclipsed", "Soft Power", "The Jungle", and many others. The Curran's intimate 1,600-seat theater makes the audience feel encapsulated in every production, a feature that contributes to its reputation as a premiere theater venue. Enter the magical world of wizardry and see "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" during 2020.

Magic Theatre (Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd.)

Magic Theatre produces plays that reflect the rich diversity of the city and world we live in. They create robust plays that question humanity and have been dedicated to creative risk for more than 50 years. In 2020, see "Don't Eat the Mangos," a funny tragedy about staying true to yourself and your roots, and "Escaped Alone," a story about three old friends rekindling their relationship.

San Francisco Playhouse (450 Post St.)

Since 2003, San Francisco Playhouse has been an intimate theater setting for audiences to experience professional theater. They're a creative hub for actors, directors, and theater lovers. Shows to be excited about this year include the Bay Area premiere of "Tiny Beautiful Things" and the world premieres of "Born in East Berlin" and "Primary User".

Strand Theater (415 Geary St.)

The Strand had its much-anticipated opening in Spring 2015, featuring a revamped, 283-seat theater space. Known for its broad range of productions each season, theatergoers can expect to see cabaret, specially commissioned new works, performances by A.C.T.'s M.F.A. Program and Young Conservatory students, and more. This season, see "Gloria" (Feb. 13-Apr. 12), a comedy that explores how to cope with trauma and the tales we tell one another to escape.

Word for Word (450 Florida St.)

Word for Word is a performing arts company that creates original works of classic and contemporary fiction, reimagining the traditional musical theater form. Word for Word has received critical acclaim for productions like "Hundred Days", "The Lucky Ones", and "Weightless".

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