The Arden is a regional theater success story—the company, which started in 1988, has become one of the major players in Philly and beyond, with two buildings, multiple stages, and often full houses. A thoughtful moderation is part of the recipe—there’s a welcoming, something-for-everyone vibe about both venues and productions. More traditional and less-out-there than the Wilma, more cerebral and diverse than the Walnut, Arden can be relied on for strong work in both musicals and plays. Their hugely popular children’s shows are among the best in kids theater in town.
Philadelphia is home to dozens of thriving theater companies, providing an abundance of options for every type of showgoer. Do you prefer cheerful musicals or something more cutting-edge? In the mood for a comedy or would something darker hit the spot? Maybe you’re looking for arty things to do in Philadelphia with kids? We put together this comprehensive guide to local theater companies so you’ll know exactly who to seek out the next time you’re in the market for show tickets. If you’re going the fancy route, with a show at, say the Kimmel or Walnut Street Theatre, top off your night with a nice dinner at one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. If you’re looking for more of a bargain, throw back some pre-show drinks at a local bar for happy hour. Philadelphia is brimming with options for a perfect, well-rounded night at the theater. Live it up!