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Houston's Most Notable Theater Companies

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Updated: 13 January 2017
When it comes to theater in Texas, some may be under the impression that a flight ticket must be purchased in order to see a ‘real’ show. Rest assured, this is certainly not the case when it comes to this dynamic city. In truth, Houston is part of a refulgent art scene and has been for years. Brace yourself for theatre that will transform, inspire, move, and captivate audiences. Discover the top five theatre companies in Houston. Your expectations will be exceeded.
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Alley Theatre

If the Alley Theatre gave an acceptance speech for the infinite awards and stellar reviews given to them, it would be a worthy show stopper. The building’s brutalist architecture by Ulrich Franzen is iconic, and yet inside is where it all happens. Anticipate theatre of the highest caliber. Seasons vary from classics like Shakespeare to the rarely performed, contemporary and provocative productions. The Alley is the only LORT theater in Houston, which explains why playwright Tennessee Williams and British actress Maggie Smith have graced the premises. The Alley has it all, including a Tony award!

Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 220 5700

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Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater is a true gem of Houston. What started as one woman’s dream is now a popular haven for serious theater lovers. Situated in the heart of Rice Village, the recently renovated building is home to incredibly talented actors, directors, and production artists. Main Street has rightfully been praised for being the first American theatre company to undertake the epic three-part Tom Stoppard play The Coast Of Utopia. It is worth noting that they have a stunning ability of mastering a playwright’s text humbly from the page to the stage. Prepare to fall in love.

Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 524 6706

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For those who love musical theatre, there is no place like Theatre Under The Stars. TUTS brings national Broadway productions right to Houston’s doorstep, so no need to book a flight to New York or London. With star-studded seasons and everyone’s favorite musicals, prepare to be dazzled, bewitched and thoroughly entertained. For those craving something a little more avant-garde, TUTS Underground is worth looking out for. Theatregoers have the option to grab a bite at Artista restaurant before a show – dessert will be waiting at intermission.

TUTS, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 558 8887

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The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre is renowned for being the largest African-American theatre company in the Southwest. With a powerful mission of educating and inspiring audiences, Ensemble has evolved and flourished since the days of being a touring company (which operated out of one man’s car). This outstanding company is dedicated to the preservation and accurate portrayal of the African-American experience. Unlike some theaters, they tell it like it is. Ensemble is a key component of Houston’s diverse art scene and never fails to deliver something beautiful.

The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 520 0055

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Stages Repertory Theatre

Located near the Eleanor Tinsley Park, Stages Repertory Theatre has this knack for delivering sensational and riveting performances. With raving reviews and awards from Broadway World and the Houston Press, Stages is renowned for its excellent season selection. From the modern retelling of classics to hilarious comedies and spine-chilling plays, expect to see, hear and feel it all. With two stages, cozy surroundings and vibrant performances, Stages will never let you down.

Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 527 0220