Theaters and Performance Venues in Hampton Roads

There’s something magical about seeing a story acted out before your very eyes, and when the actors, director, and crew are all your friends and neighbors the experience is that much more electric.

In Hampton Roads we have plenty of smaller community theaters, often volunteer-run, which put on amazing shows and work hard to provide inexpensive entertainment to our community.

If you’re looking for something fun and a little different to do, why not check out one of our local theaters and performance venues? If you’re a budding actor, director, or volunteer these venues are often in need of volunteers, too!

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The American Theatre
125 E Mellen St, Hampton, VA 23663
(757) 722-2787
This charming theatre located in Phoebus has just fewer than 400 seats and has earned an enviable reputation as “Hampton Roads’ favorite performing arts venue.”

Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium
99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, VA 23666
(757) 825-2700
The Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium & Theatre brings our community an exciting venue for performing arts, lectures, films, symposia and other kinds of professional events. The auditorium & theatre is conveniently located in Templin Hall on our Hampton campus, just 30 minutes away from Williamsburg and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.

The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
4205 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-1490
The goal of The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center is to offer our community an exciting and diverse schedule of visual art exhibitions focused primarily on the creations of artists living and working in Hampton Roads and the state of Virginia.

Newport News

Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts
1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 594-8752​
In just 11 years, Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has become an international force, presenting the finest cultural attractions in the world. Nearly 2 million people from around the world have experienced more than 600 hundred performances in our acoustically superb theaters.

Peninsula Community Theatre
10251 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 595-5728
Located in Historic Hilton Village, this award-winning community theatre presents a full-slate of musicals, dramas and children’s theatre throughout the year.


Benjack Studio Theatre at the TR Dance Center
325 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 626-3262
The Benjack Studio Theatre is an intimate performance space which is adaptable to a variety of presentations. Seating capacity is 120 in a convertible black box setting. Complete with lighting, sound, risers and seating the space is ideal for presenting dance, theater and music.

Crispus Attucks Theatre
1010 Church Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-6464
Located on Norfolk’s historic Church Street, one of the oldest thoroughfares in the city, the Attucks Theatre was originally known as the “Apollo Theatre of the South.”

Generic Theater
215 St Pauls Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23501
(757) 441-2160
For over 30 years, Generic Theater has been producing innovative plays you won’t see anywhere else. Every time you see a play down under Chrysler Hall the seating configuration may change, allowing directors, designers and actors exciting new choices.

Harrison Opera House
160 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 627-9545
The Harrison Opera House, is the official home of the Virginia Opera in the Ghent district of Norfolk.

Hofheimer Theatre
1584 Wesleyan Dr., Norfolk, VA 23502
(757) 455-3200
The fine arts series at Virginia Wesleyan College offers an exciting array of events for the College community and all of Hampton Roads.

Little Theater of Norfolk
801 Claremont Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507
(757) 627-8551
This local theatre features regular shows of all genres and for all ages.

The Venue at 35th
631 W 35th St, Norfolk, VA 23508
(757) 469-0337
It’s about giving artists a safe place where they can learn and grow and experiment and teach others. It’s about giving our community a space to experience and appreciate local art .

The Wells Theatre
110 East Tazewell Street , Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-6464
The Wells Theatre is a performing arts venue located in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. It has housed the Virginia Stage Company since 1979.

Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
700 Park Ave #111, Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 823-2061
Nestled right on the Norfolk State University campus, the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center is one of the area’s premier concert halls and is known as a great local place to see concerts and theatre. The Wilder Performing Arts Center looks to promote the diverse arts scene and entertain NSU students and the community.

The Barry Robinson Theater and Fine Arts Center
443 Kempsville Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502
(757) 455-6100
The Barry Robinson Theater and Fine Arts Center is an independent, organized, and permanently established non-profit education/arts institution in Virginia, with open participation.


Portsmouth Little Theatre
1401 Elmhurst Ln, Portsmouth, VA 23701
Live community theater with a season that runs from September to May. Located inside Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. Performances on weekends for the run of the individual show. A variety of different offerings including, but not limited to, music, comedy, and one act plays.

Willett Hall Performing Arts Center
3701 Willett Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23707
(757) 393-5460
Willett Hall is a 2,000-seat entertainment facility with outstanding acoustics. It proudly features concerts, guest speakers, theatrical performances, musicals and dance performances.


Smithfield Little Theater
210 N Church St, Smithfield, VA 23430
(757) 357-7338
Let SLT’s stage be your stage. SLT community theatre of Smithfield, VA brings music, comedy & drama to life.


Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts
110 Finney Ave, Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 923-0003
The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts has come to resounding life! We invite you to share the excitement of our next season. Experience world class performances as actors, entertainers, musicians and dancers grace our stage. Witness the mastery of visual artists in our gallery space. Learning something new, participate in a variety of art classes, involve your children, meet friends for lunch or dinner or host a party, or even a banquet! Join us as we celebrate the cultural arts in Suffolk.

Virginia Beach

Little Theater of Virginia Beach
550 Barberton Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-9233
Our mission is to educate and to provide our community with quality live theatrical experiences at affordable prices, while developing and showcasing local talent. Located 6 blocks from the oceanfront, The Little Theatre of Virginia Beach has been serving Hampton Roads since 1948.

Regent University Theatre
1000 Regent University Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 352-4245
The Regent University Theatre has been serving our local community for more than 30 years by providing inspiring and thought provoking entertainment of the highest caliber. Productions range from Broadway musicals and the classics, to touching dramas and modern comedies. Audiences are delighted as they watch emerging young artists bring these stories to life.

The Simon Family Jewish Community Center
5000 Corporate Woods Dr #100, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 321-2338
The Mission of the Simon Family JCC is to provide a common meeting ground promoting Jewish unity, Jewish continuity, and the enrichment of the Jewish and the general community


Kimball Theatre
424 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 565-8588
Located in Merchants Square, the Kimball Theatre is the outlet that links our past with the present. Enjoy live performances, plays, and featured films. Discuss the arts with Patrick Henry or relax to the soothing jazz of the talented musicians from the College of William & Mary. Stop by the Kimball Theatre today to witness creativity and inspiration—unfolding right here in the heart of Williamsburg.

Phi Kappa Phi Memorial Hall
601 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 221-4000
The Mainstage Theatre has a seating capacity of 763, with 486 seats on the main floor and 277 seats in the balcony.

The Williamsburg Players
200 Hubbard Ln, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-1679
The Williamsburg Players is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to provide the best in community theater.

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