We’re spotlighting 10 Charleston theaters

Enjoy plays and shows around town.


Visit the Sottile Theatre downtown.

Photo by @themikeledford, @collegeofcharleston

We’re putting Charleston’s lively performing arts scene in the spotlight. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, here are 10 theaters and performance venues around town, plus shows to mark on your calendar.

34 West | 200 Meeting St. #100 | Shows are written by 34 Wests own actors and designers. Check out plays like “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I’m Still Standing.”

Dock Street Theatre | 135 Church St. | Known as “America’s first theater,” Dock Street is home to Charleston Stage performances including “JFK and Inga Binga.”

Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre | 164 Church St. | Charleston’s only live comedy mystery theatre presents productions like “Sherlock’s Other Brother by a Southern Mother.”

Sottile Theatre | 44 George St. | CofC’s theater has reopened after a major renovation project. Get dressed up for Charleston Opera Theater’s “Grande Serenata.”

Theatre 99 | 280 Meeting St. | This improv comedy hub offers shows including “Laughway to the Weekend” and “Take the Funny and Run” weekly.

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Catch a show at the historic Dock Street Theatre.

Photo by @james_simpson_photography

Charleston Gaillard Center | 95 Calhoun St. | The center was named after a previous mayor of Charleston and hosts Broadway musicals such as “Jagged Little Pill.”

Queen Street Playhouse | 20 Queen St. | Home of the Footlight Players, this is the city’s original theatre company. Catch shows including “The Mountaintop.”

James F. Dean Theatre | 133 S. Main St., Summerville | See the Flowertown Players perform at this historic theater and experience musicals like “Boundless.”

Holy City Magic | 49 1/2 John St. | See where the magic happens with performances by magicians including Howard Blackwell and Gogo Cuerva.

PURE Theatre | 134 Cannon St. | This professional regional theater features diverse artists and audiences. Experience the world premiere of “Septima.”

Heads up: This isn’t a comprehensive list. Know of another spot we should highlight? Shoot us a message.

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