If you’re well-acquainted with the attractions and institutions that make Lancaster, PA, a unique place to visit, play, and live, you’re likely familiar with the Fulton Theatre—the city’s fantastically historic yet thoroughly modern performing arts venue.
If not, it’s time to meet the “Grand Old Lady of Prince Street” in today’s post!
About Lancaster’s Fulton Theatre
Home to the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, as well as a regional destination for well-produced popular musicals and stage plays, the Fulton first came to life way back in 1852 as a community center for meetings, lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances.
Though it’s had a few reincarnations over the years, including a stint in the mid-20th century as a movie house, today’s Fulton Theatre is one of the best live performance stages in perhaps the entire USA. (It is, after all, reportedly the oldest working theater in the nation.) And, the Fulton rounds out the slate of stellar theatrical venues Lancaster has to offer, which also includes Sight & Sound Theatres and the American Music Theatre (AMT).
Feeling like a show? The current 2019/2020 season is chock full of familiar favorites within the Mainstage Series, as well as family-friendly delights in the Eichmann Family Series and critically acclaimed works in the Studio Series.
Get your tickets today for the best seats in the house!
This regional premiere staging of Dame Agatha Christie’s perennially popular 1934 murder mystery novel has been adapted by Ken Ludwig with a shot of humor that’s sure to shake off your winter “blahs.” Join everyone’s favorite Belgian PI, Detective Hercule Poirot, as he works to solve the case aboard the elegant Orient Express passenger train, which just so happens to be snowbound along its route through Europe.
- Show dates: Closing soon! January 14 – February 9, 2020
With music and lyrics by 1980s pop sensation Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is the quintessential 21st-century American musical. Based on an inspired-by-true events 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots premiered in Chicago in the fall of 2012 and opened on Broadway in spring 2013 to mixed reviews at first. Though an underdog, the show became an award-winning smash hit.
The story follows Charlie Price’s unfortunate inheritance of his father’s failing shoe factory and the unlikely turnaround he manages with help from a drag performer named Lola, who needs some high-heeled “kinky” boots. Anyone who has ever experienced the weight of parental expectations will love this musical, a regional premiere performance here in Lancaster.
- Show dates: March 3 – March 29, 2020
Who in America isn’t endlessly intrigued with the disastrous sinking of the RMS Titanic during her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912? While the tragedy has inspired scores of fictional stories about the Titanic’s crew and passengers—many of whom in first class were well-known socialites and celebrities of the time—few have explored the factual story of the ship herself. That’s the impressive feat this musical accomplishes with breathtaking sets and memorable music!
- Show dates: April 14 – May 10, 2020
A fantastic summer blockbuster, Jersey Boys features the unforgettable “golden oldies” hits of the 1960s by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This musical explores the beloved pop group’s rise to superstardom, their eventual breakup, and their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. You’ll be singing along to all your classic favorites like “Dawn,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You!”
- Show dates: June 2 – July 12, 2020
Eichmann Family Series
What happens when the famous Seven Dwarfs are actually seven important historical figures? Well, the classic Snow White tale we all remember is just a little bit different! Kids of all ages will love this retelling, which packs a great message about finding true happiness.
- Show dates: March 14 – March 28, 2020
Be transported under the sea for an incredible all-musical adventure! Join Mermaid Melody and her friends Bobell the frog, Turtell, and Flutter the butterfly as they try to stay out of trouble with villainous Seaweed the sea witch.
- Show dates: April 25 – May 9, 2020
It may be “a tale as old as time,” but this staging of the classic fairytale is interactive and carries a very modern message. It’s not technology that will unlock all of your dreams, but imagination and creativity!
- Show dates: June 13 – July 11, 2020
Billed as “a divinely outrageous comedy,” An Act of God explores what might happen if God returned to Earth to rewrite the Ten Commandments for our social media-obsessed culture. Playwright David Javerbaum asserts that this play began as “a series of tweets” before evolving into the irreverently funny book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, and then into the play itself. Naturally.
- Show dates: February 11 – March 1, 2020
At the end of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier returns to his family’s once-grand home to find ruination and abandonment, save for two of his former slaves. The soldier, whose family was Jewish, shares the first Passover following the war’s end with the now-freed Simon and John. The three men together contemplate their new realities and the painful memories of their extraordinary past as enslaver and enslaved.
- Show dates: March 24 – April 11, 2020
The autobiographical story of (Pennsylvania native) cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s early life and process of self-discovery, this groundbreaking musical is based on Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. Narrated by adult Alison and told in a series of vignettes, Fun Home explores themes surrounding family relationships and how the people closest to us shape our lives and experiences.
- Show dates: May 12 – May 31, 2020
How About Dinner to Go with that Show?
Don’t forget that Lancaster is also home to a delicious restaurant scene that rivals much larger metropolitan regions. Before you check out the next great show at the Fulton Theatre, you’ll want to be sure to grab a bite at one of our favorite downtown eateries!
Not a Lancaster Local? It’s Time to See What You’ve Been Missing!
Here at Explore Retirement Living, our goal is to bring attention to Lancaster County’s best-kept secrets, as well as its most prominent attractions. We hope to entice those considering a move in retirement to see how Lancaster is growing and discover why our area is such a fantastic place to live!