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October 25th, 2018

SF Theatre Guide: Plays & Musicals

Art & Culture

Conveniently located atop Nob Hill, Stanford Court Hotel overlooks San Francisco’s spectacular surrounding skyline. It’s also located just blocks from the city’s active Theatre District. Guests can take a seven-minute walk to catch a Broadway production at one of our local historic theatres.

Looking for a night of theatre while in the city? Here’s a comprehensive look at the city’s best theatre companies, from pre-Broadway musical productions to offbeat, local theatre.

Golden Gate Theatre

Originally a vaudeville house, this historical theatre was recently reopened after being closed for refurbishment. It’s elegant and true to its original splendor, though the lighting system and air conditioning has been completely updated. The Golden Gate Theatre has seen award-winning national tours, as well as Broadway productions. 1 Taylor St., Tenderloin

Upcoming shows: Waitress (Oct. 11-Nov. 11); A Bronx Tale (Nov. 27-Dec. 23); Hello, Dolly! Starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley (Feb. 19-March 17).

SF Playhouse

The San Francisco Playhouse is a non-profit theatre company that has been praised by the New York Times for their consistent, high-quality work. The company produces classic musicals in a more intimate setting and with a smaller price tag than competing theatres. 450 Post St., Union Square

Upcoming shows: Graveyard Shift (Oct. 10-Nov.3); Mary Poppins (Nov. 14-Jan. 2)


American Conservatory Theater

This nonprofit theatre company doubles as an acting school that produces classical and contemporary theatre. Watch young actors take on complex roles, with plays mostly performed at the vintage Geary Theatre. 415 Geary St., Union Square

Upcoming shows: Men on Boats (Oct. 17-Dec. 16); A Christmas Carol (Dec. 6-29)

The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum sees the hottest Broadway shows on the market. For a full-out show with large sets, careful costuming and larger-than-life performances, see what’s playing at The Orpheum. 1192 Market St., Civic Center

Upcoming shows: Bat Out of Hell (Dec. 4-23); Hamilton (February).

The Curran Theatre

Like other theatres on the list, the Curran is a historic SF theatre built in the 1920s that has recently been restored to its original luster. It’s also home to more pre-Broadway productions in the city, including “A Chorus Line” revival (2006) and “A Hugh Jackman Performance” (2011). 455 Geary St., Union Square

Upcoming shows: Dear Evan Hansen (Dec. 5-30)

Magic Theatre

The Magic Theatre is a small but daring theatre company that’s been continuously operating in San Francisco for over 50 years. They foster new playwrights, such as Sam Shepard, who won a Pulitzer for his play “Buried Child” in 1979. In recent years, the theatre has increased its call for up-and-coming playwrights, so keep an eye out for what’s coming out at Magic. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina St., Marina District

Upcoming shows: The Resting Place (through Nov. 4); Virgin Play Festival (Dec. 1-16)


Stanford Court Hotel is conveniently located near the city’s theatre district. See our special offers for the best rates available.


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