Theater

Buffalo Takes Center Stage

The diversity and abundance of performances, put on by nearly 25 professional theaters, makes it easy to find something to see in and around Buffalo. The MusicalFare Theatre stages new and classic musicals. Torn Space Theatre breaks ground with the avant-garde. At the Alleyway Theatre the work of up-and-coming playwrights are on the marquee.

Shows & Musicals for Every Season

The Theatre of Youth’s plays for young people unfold at a restored movie house in the historic Allentown neighborhood. See productions rooted in African American traditions at the Ujima Theatre Company. In the summertime, join the crowd bringing picnics to sit on the lawn and take in the Bard’s comedies and tragedies at a Shakespeare in Delaware Park performance.

From Contemporary to the Classics

West of the city, the Lancaster Opera House continues a tradition of live entertainment that began in 1897. The Kavinoky Theatre’s restored 1903-recital hall on the D’Youville University campus is an elegant, vintage setting. Baroque grandeur suits the Broadway shows at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, a gilded former movie palace on Main Street. For a more intimate production, consider its neighbor on the block, the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Performances suit any proclivity – from murder mystery comedy to a Stephen King movie-turned-play, a Jane Austen interpretation, golden-era shows like Guys and Dolls and the cutting edge. Let us entertain you.

Erie County Theater Companies

With 22 professional theater companies in the Buffalo area, there’s no shortage of show-stopping performances to enjoy. View some of our favorites below!

Buffalo: It's Showtime!

Buffalo: It’s Showtime!

Alleyway Theatre

Alleyway Theatre

American Repertory Theatre of Western New York

American Repertory Theatre of Western New York

Brazen-Faced Varlots

Brazen-Faced Varlots

Buffalo United Artists

Buffalo United Artists

Desiderio's Dinner Theatre

Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre

D'Youville Kavinoky Theatre

D’Youville Kavinoky Theatre

First Look Buffalo Theatre Company

First Look Buffalo Theatre Company

Irish Classical Theatre Company

Irish Classical Theatre Company

Jewish Repertory Theatre

Jewish Repertory Theatre

Lancaster Opera House

Lancaster Opera House

MusicalFare Theatre

MusicalFare Theatre

O'Connell & Company

O’Connell & Company

Paul Robeson Theatre

Paul Robeson Theatre

Raices Theatre Company

Raices Theatre Company

Road Less Traveled Productions

Road Less Traveled Productions

Second Generation Theatre

Second Generation Theatre

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Shea's 710 Theatre

Shea’s 710 Theatre

Shea's Buffalo Theatre

Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

Theatre of Youth

Theatre of Youth

Torn Space Theater

Torn Space Theater

Ujima Theatre Company

Ujima Theatre Company

Upcoming Shows & Musicals

The Wiz

03/04 – 03/09

Shea’s Buffalo

THE WIZ returns “home” to stages across America in an all-new Broadway tour, the first one in 40 years. This…

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Shucked

03/25 – 03/30

Shea’s Buffalo

SHUCKED is the Tony Award®&winning musical comedy The Wall Street Journal calls “flat out hilarious!” And nobody knows funny like…

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A Beautiful Noise – The Neil Diamond Musical

04/08 – 04/13

Shea’s Buffalo

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY OF A BROOKLYN KID WHO BECAME A CHART-BUSTING, SHOW-STOPPING, AWARD-WINNING AMERICAN ICONCreated in collaboration with Neil…

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

05/02 – 05/18

Shea’s Smith Theatre

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring celebrated Buffalo drag queen, Vanna Deux.  This award-winning cult favorite tells the story of…

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Back to the Future: The Musical

06/24 – 06/29

Shea’s Buffalo

Winner of the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, four WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical, and the Broadway…

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