Performing Arts

Symphony. Opera. Ballet.

Broadway-bound musicals. Black-box experimental theater. Shakespeare in the park.

From the great masterpieces of music and dance to the first productions of emerging playwrights, the arts in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley embrace both the old and the new, with performances nearly every weekend of the year.

On the stage of the Delaware Theatre Company on the Wilmington Riverfront, new dramatic works alternate with revered classics and new productions in previews on Delaware regional stage before heading to the Great White Way. OperaDelaware, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and First State Ballet all stage major productions at The Grand Opera House, as well as smaller, intimate performances in venues throughout the area.

Two upstart theater groups - City Theater Company and Bootless Stageworks - stage unconventional, thought-provoking, occasionally splatter-filled productions, from zombie musicals to one-act festivals focusing on local playwrights. The Wilmington Drama League boasts John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom"), Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation"), and Keith Powell ("30 Rock") among its recent alumni, and in the summer, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival invites you to picnic on the grounds of the historic Rockwood Mansion and Park and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars.

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