Where to See Live Theatre in Memphis

The arts community is a vital part of the vibrancy of Memphis. In addition to multiple dance companies, museums & galleries, public art, opera, and symphony orchestras, there’s also a robust live theatre scene. 

Here’s where you can see everything from musicals to dramas to improv to new plays to classics.

Downtown Memphis Theatres

A group of Memphis students on stage with their hands up, taking on Broadway.

Founded in 1928, the Orpheum is a world-class performing arts organization. Their mission is to enhance the communities we serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. 

This is where you’ll find Broadway shows, national and international tours, concerts, movies, and much more. 

An orchestra performing on stage in a large auditorium.
Photo: Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts is a venue for touring productions, local dance companies, opera, jazz, and more. The incredible acoustics also make it the perfect home to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. 


This is Memphis’ only African-American repertory theatre, and Hattiloo is known for their high-quality performances and programming across the city. 

Circuit Playhouse includes Playhouse on the Square, the Circuit Playhouse, and TheatreWorks@TheSquare. It is one of the oldest and most beloved professional theatre companies in Memphis that focuses on nurturing all theatre roles, accessibility to theatre in Memphis, educational activities, and outreach. 

A group of dancers performing on a stage.
Cabaret at Playhouse on the Square. Photo by Bill Simmers

A theatre with a resident company of professional actors who appear in shows year round. Auditions are open to the public.

The home stage for several smaller theatre, dance, and improv companies.

Also the venue for Playhouse on the Square’s NewWorks@TheWorks Series.

East Memphis

Theatre Memphis

A group of people performing Abba's hits on stage in Mamma Mia!
Photo by Carla McDonald. Courtesy of Theatre Memphis.

A community theatre with a full-time professional staff that produces an average of 10-12 plays on their mainstage, The Lohrey Stage, and their blackbox, The Next Stage.

Performance venue often featuring international artists, dancers, and musicians.

University of Memphis – Michael D. Rose Theatre

Home of the University of Memphis Theatre Department, the Michael D. Rose Theatre is used for university performances, lectures, and more. Many events and performances throughout the year are open to the public. 


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Photo: Germantown Performing Arts Center

Performance venue featuring art exhibits, educational activities for all ages, and community events in addition to theatrical performances.

Germantown Community Theatre has been a Memphis theatre staple for over 50 years. They provide live theatre summer camps, educational opportunities for Midsouth families, playwright competitions, and more. 

TN Shakespeare Company is a local, professional theatre company specializing in the works of William Shakespeare, Southern writers, and classic writers. 

Bartlett theatres

A group of musicians performing on stage.

The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (BPACC) is a local theatre committed to providing many diverse culture experiences. They also provide a location for business meetings, seminars, parties, and more. 

The Harrell Theatre is run by the Collierville Arts Council and focuses on performing, visual, and musical arts. The theatre also offers dance classes, talent contests, and art events.

Did we miss your favorite company? Let us know in the comments.

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