Florida's 10 Best Live Theater Venues!

A rendition of your favorite production is only made better by the atmosphere that Florida’s excellent theaters provide. Whether you’re looking to see a feel-good show, a serious drama or something in between, each of our picks is bound to entertain any crowd. Here are the 10 best places to see live theater in the state. 

1. Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando, FL

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater was founded in 1989 and has been wowing its patrons ever since! Known as one of the most praised Equity playhouses in the south, these thespians impress theatergoers with their high quality and big-name productions.

2. American Stage Theatre Company, St. Petersburg, FL

This critically-acclaimed St. Pete theatre company tells expressive stories to their audience with every performance. Connoisseurs and newbies alike will enjoy every tale the American Stage has to share!

3. Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville, FL

Founded in 1973, the Hippodrome’s goal to present some of the highest quality and thought provoking modern theatre is still very apparent today.  They offer live plays on the Main Stage as well as an art-house cinema to view independent films, documentaries and more.

4. Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, FL

With professional plays and children’s theatre, Riverside Theatre puts on some of the best adult and kid-friendly productions you’ll find in Florida. If you’re interested in giving acting a shot, they also have classes for all ages and levels!

5. Ghostbird Theatre Company, Fort Myers, FL

Originally a resident company at an art center in Downtown Fort Myers, Ghostbird Theatre Company now creates unique shows that are inspired by the multiple locations they perform at throughout Lee County. Their engaging and unique shows are unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.

6. GableStage at the Biltmore, Coral Gables, FL

Shows at the GableStage are performed in hopes of incorporating concepts and subjects that are relevant to the diverse Miami community.  In addition, their wonderful educational program targets students from underserved communities and provides them with an outlet to critically think and learn! 

7. Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, FL

Since its opening, the Asolo Repertory Theatre has successfully reflected Sarasota’s impressive arts scene through their top-notch productions. With three separate stages, there are always plenty of shows to choose from.

8. Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando, FL

Hoping to find a live theatre venue that’s great for the little ones? Then head over to the Orlando Rep for some of the most charming shows that those of all ages will adore. This makes a perfect activity for a family night out.

9. Micro Theater Miami, Miami, FL

“Fast, good and cheap. That’s our point,” states Micros Theatre Miami’s website. For the low price of $5, a maximum of 15 audience members and a quick 15-minute show time, there’s really no excuse not to check out this inimitable experience. This theater aims to share their culture and create an artistic ambience to enlighten and inspire.

10. Sonnentag Theatre at the Icehouse, Mount Dora, FL

This hidden treasure of a theater is located in the quaint town of Mount Dora and used to be an ice plant. Here you’ll be able to watch plays from a diverse variety of genres that are guaranteed to move you. 

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