Walnut Street Theatre to Add 400-Seat In-the-Round Theatre | Playbill

Industry News Walnut Street Theatre to Add 400-Seat In-the-Round Theatre Groundbreaking on the $39 million expansion plan will begin in spring 2020.
A rendering of the new Walnut Street Theatre

Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre has unveiled its $39 million expansion plan, set to begin groundbreaking in spring 2020 with a completion date scheduled for 2022. The centerpiece of the expansion project is a 400-seat-theatre in the round, which will be the first of its kind in the region.

Another key aspect of the plan will be an expansion of Walnut's robust education programming, which currently serves over 150,000 students, teachers, and families each year. Former rehearsal halls will be converted into the first dedicated education
spaces in Walnut's history, including three new classrooms.

The multi-faceted project, which will provide over 35,000-square-feet of additional space, also includes a fully renovated lobby and box office, two new rehearsal halls, and a public restaurant.

“For over two centuries the Walnut has adapted to the needs of its community,” states Walnut Street's president and producing artistic director Bernard Havard. “This is the latest re-invention of the theatre that so many in the Greater Philadelphia area call home, and guarantees that generations to come will also be able to make the Walnut their theatre home.”

For more information about the expansion, visit TheFutureLivesHere.org.

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