The Theatres of the NoBo Region

By Keith Spencer

It may not be snowy, but it has certainly been cold these last few weeks. Are you looking to get out of the house, but keep warm? Do you love drama, comedy, or music? Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or just enjoy an evening at the show, you’re sure to have a memorable experience this winter, visiting one of these wonderful theatres from across the NoBo region.


The Stoneham Theatre

Stoneham, MA

Stoneham Theatre is the premier professional theatre north of Boston, offering the best in live entertainment in an inviting setting right in the heart of Stoneham Square. From the convenience of the many fine restaurants to the ample free parking, a trip to the Stoneham Theatre is an enjoyable experience

The Stoneham Theatre is also the only company founded within the past ten years ranked by the Boston Business Journal among the area’s ten most popular performing arts organizations.

After sitting abandoned for nearly a quarter century, The Stoneham was reborn and reopened in December of 2000. The exterior marquee replicates the original box style installed in 1930, and the rear stage wall still contains the original 1917 screen wooden surface of the Stoneham movie theatre originally housed in the building. It is now painted black and silver.

Consistently praised by critics and audiences alike, the Stoneham Theatre invites laughter, often evokes tears, but always provides a good time for all.

For more information, visit the Stoneham Theatre website.

The Stoneham Theatre

Main Street

Stoneham, MA

Upcoming Performances

Romeo & Juliet : March 1, 2012 – March 18, 2012

The Full Monty: April 12, 2012 – May 6, 2012

I Capture the Castle: May 24, 2012 – June 10, 2012


The North Shore Music Theatre

Beverly, MA

There aren’t many NoBo residents that haven’t visited the North Shore Music Theatre at some point in their life. Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England. More than 250,000 patrons visit the theatre annually, earning the theatre both a regional and national reputation for artistic achievement.

The theatre’s lights went dark in June of 2009 after owners announced a temporary turned permanent closure due to severe financial problems. North Shore Community Arts Foundation went bankrupt and the theatre property was put up for auction.

In February of 2010, Bill Hanney purchased the property, announcing that NSMT would continue to produce an annual musical subscription series as well as their annual production of A Christmas Carol. The theatre also continues to feature celebrity concerts and children’s programming throughout the year.

North Shore Music Theatre

62 Dunham Road

Beverly, MA 01915

Upcoming Performances

Seussical: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:00AM


Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts

Newburyport, MA

The Firehouse Center for the Art is a 195-seat theater on the waterfront of downtown historical Newburyport, offering national, regional and local live performances at affordable prices. The theatre opened in 1991, and has been a hallmark of local culture and arts, drawing patrons from the communities throughout the NoBo region.

The historic building that housing the Firehouse Center was built as a market house and lyceum by the citizens of Newburyport in 1823. It hosted many distinguished speakers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Daniel Webster and Oliver Wendell Holmes. It would go on to serve as the Central Fire Station from the mid 1800’s until 1980.

Last season, the Firehouse produced Boxed In, by Stephen Faria. Forbidden Newburyport, written and directed by Suzanne Bryan, and the New Works Festival. Their programming is quite broad-based, and includes not only theatrical performance, buts also dance, music, art, and a school show series

For more information, please visit their website.

Firehouse Center for the Arts

Market Square

Newburyport, MA 01950


Upcoming Performances

Proof by David Auburn: March 8-11 and 15-18

George Winston Concert: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:30PM

Hamlet: Friday, March 23, 2012

Tiger Saw/Mara Flynn: Saturday, March 24, 2012


Shalin Liu Performance Center

Rockport, MA

Completed in June 2010, the Shalin Liu Performance Center is the premiere chamber recital hall North of Boston. The Shalin Liu Performance Center is heralded as intimate, beautiful, and magical. As the New York Times proclaimed, “The Shalin Liu Center [is]… beautiful to the eye as well as to the ear…

The Shalin Liu combines state-of-the-art acoustics with breathtaking ocean views. Built by Rockport Music for the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, the organization has been able to extend its artistic influence throughout the year.

The Concert Hall is a true chamber music facility that is ideal for small chamber ensembles while their Reception Hall is a beautiful event space with dramatic ocean views available to the community and private individuals for the most exclusive or special events.

For more information, please visit their website.

The Shalin Liu Performance Center

37 Main Street

Rockport, MA  01966

Upcoming Performances:

Larry Coryell: Sunday, February 19, 4 pm

Schubert’s Winterreise with tenor William Hite and pianist Gilles Vonsattel: Friday, February 24, 2012 8PMCárdenes-Williams-Deveau Trio playing Piano Trios by Franz Schubert: Saturday, March 3, 8 p


The Winthrop Playmakers and Playhouse

Winthrop, MA

The Winthrop Playmakers and Playhouse is a non-profit theater company founded in 1938. Dedicated to developing quality theatrical productions at affordable price, the Winthrop Playmakers keep theatre accessible to the NoBo communities.

The group produces three large-scale musicals and two plays each season. Additionally, The Playhouse is host to a variety of events each year, such as benefit performances for local charities, concerts, cabarets, and poetry readings.

The Playhouse has quickly becoming a center for a variety of arts endeavors benefitting and featuring the community.

To learn more about the Winthrop Playmakers and there playhouse, visit their site.

The Winthrop Playmakers Playhouse

60 Hermon Street

Winthrop, MA 02152

(617) 539-1175

Upcoming Performances:

The Boys Next Door: February 17, 18, 19

The Laramie Project: April 27, 28, 29 and May 4, 5, 6

The Music Man: Aug, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Aug 9, 10, 11, 12


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