Live Theater in Lancaster PA

March 18, 2022

theater with audience laughing

We’re happy to say that live theater in Lancaster PA is alive and well!!  Great news since one of the many things we all desperately miss after the year we’ve had is LIVE theater.  There are are many reasons to visit Lancaster County.  One that might surprise you is the number, variety and quality of Lancaster theater & performance venues that visitors can enjoy. We have theaters featuring musical, dramatic, spiritual & comedy productions, as well as dinner theater & interactive experiences.  Take a look and then book your overnight stay at the Historic Smithton Inn!

10 Live Theaters in Lancaster PA

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Here’s a list of the Historic Smithton Inn’s 10 favorite Lancaster PA Theaters with links and a list of upcoming performances:


Sight & Sound Theater:

Source: Sight & Sound

Lancaster PA’s #1 tourist attraction and home to epic biblical productions.

  • [Now – December, 2022] David.  With original music inspired by the Psalms, DAVID is a state-of-the-art theatrical experience for the whole family. Witness one of the most legendary Bible stories as it comes to life with spectacular special effects, massive sets, and live animals in this brand-new stage production.


This blog is all about Live Theater in Lancaster, PA

American Music Theater:

Lancaster PA theater
Source: Rebecca Gallagher

Central PA’s live entertainment destination! Enjoy an unforgettable experience with a concert or Broadway Style production.

There are too many events scheduled at American Music Theater to list every one of them.  They’ve lined up everything from Country, Rock & Pop bands, Comedy acts and Magic shows.  Our best advice is to click on the calendar link below to see what’s scheduled during your stay with us.

  • CLICK HERE – To see AMT’s Full Event Calendar


Dutch Apple Dinner Theater:

Source: Dutch Apple Dinner Theater

Dutch Apple Dinner Theater is the premier dinner theater in Lancaster PA.  All their shows are entertaining musicals that appeal to guests of all ages.  Take a look at the current menu being served for lunch & dinner!

  • [Feb 25 – April 16]: Singing in the Rain!
  • [April 22 – May 14]: Rock of Ages
  • [June 3 – June 25]: Great Balls of Fire – The Music of Jerry Lee Lewis
  • [July 1 – August 6]: The Little Mermaid
  • [August 12 – September 17]:  Chicago the Musical
  • [September 23 – November 12]:  Saturday Night Fever
  • [November 18 – December 31]:  Elf the Musical


Ephrata Performing Arts Center:

Source: Ephrata Performing Arts Center

EPAC has been producing and performing high quality, award winning productions for the last 25 years.

  • [March 17 – March 26]: Hedda Gabbler
  • [April 28 – May 14]:  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • [June 16 – June 25]: The Crucible
  • [July 28 – August 13]:  The Spongebob Musical
  • [September 8 – September 17]: Amadeus
  • [October 13 – October 29]: The Color Purple
  • [December 2 – December 18]:  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jr.

The Fulton Theater:

Source: The Fulton Theater

Experience professional, Broadway-quality musicals, comedies and dramas at Lancaster value in this beautiful National Historic Landmark Theatre.

Main Stage
  • [February 22 – March 27] – Sound of Music
  • [April 5 – May 1] – Smoky Joe’s Cafe
  • [May 17 – June 12] – Man of La Mancha
  • [June 28 – August 7] – Jersey Boys
Studio Series
  • [March 29 – April 16] – Sweat
  • [May 31 – June 26] – Five Guys Named Moe
Family Series
  • [March 12 – March 26] – Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crowned Jewel
  • [April 16 – April 30] – The Little Mermaid
  • [May 28 – June 11] – Shrek



Source: Prima Theater

Classical and contemporary concerts in a stunning facility.

  • [March 25 – April 9]: Murder Ballad (A steamy rock musical thriller!)
  • [June 17 – 25]:  Queen / Journey Tribute

Since PRIMA adds new events all the time, if the dates above have passed, click here to see their current shows.

Magic & Wonder Show:

Source: Discover Lancaster

Award winning illusionist!  You’ll think you’re in Vegas!!

  • [Now – December 31]: Brett Myers and his cast explore both real and imagined worlds that spark wonder in all of us.


The Ware Center at Millersville:

Source: The Ware Center

The Ware Center is Lancaster’s premier performing arts center. Located on Lancaster’s famous Gallery Row.  Their mission is to foster creativity, learning, and understanding in Lancaster County.

  • The Arts at Millersville has started scheduling performances again!!  Because new events are being added all the time, CLICK HERE to see what’s currently scheduled.


Mount Gretna Theater:

Source: Mount Gretna Theater

The Mount Gretna Theater is an open-air Playhouse with  nearly 130 years of history!  For top-quality theater in a unique, outdoor venue, this is the place to be!!

  • [June 9 – 12]: Honky Tonk Angels
  • [June 23 – 26]: Sondheim on Sondheim
  • [July 14 – 23]: Matilda the Musical
  • [August 4 – 7]: Around the World
  • [August 25 – 28]:  Elvis, My Way


Hershey Theatre:

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Located in downtown Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The magnificent Hershey Theatre® is the area’s premier performing arts center.  See the finest in touring Broadway shows, classical music,  and world-renowned entertainers.

  • [March 25]: Lewis Black – Off the Rails
  • [March 26]: Brothers Osborne:  We’re Not For Everyone
  • [April 1 – 3]: Blue Man Group
  • [April 10]: The Beach Boys – 60 Years of the Sounds of Summer
  • [April 22]:  Whose Live Anway?
  • [May 3 – May 8]:  Hairspray
  • [May 17]:  Theresa Caputo Live
  • [May 21]:  Chelsea Handler:  Vaccinated and Horney Tour
  • [May 22]:  Hershey Theater Apollo Awards
  • [May 31]:  Ray LaMontagne:  The Monovision Tour
  • [June 14]:  The Masked Singer National Tour
  • [July 26 – July 31]:  Anastasia
  • [October 8]:  A Night of Stars (Ballet)
  • [November 6]:  The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine’s Sleeping Beauty

Unwind For a Weekend Getaway at The Historic Smithton Inn

The Red Room wiht handsewn Amish Quilt After seeing a fantastic Live Theater performance in Lancaster, PA, come home to a comfortable room at the Historic Smithton Inn. It’s the perfect bed and breakfast for a weekend escape! Above all, our charming accommodations are a place to relax and unplug with your significant other.

Book one of our Garden Rooms and enjoy a spacious sitting area with a fireplace and a writing desk. Then take a hot shower in your private bathroom and put on one of our high-quality robes before nestling up by the fire. Above all, we make a delicious breakfast each day!  Menus can include cinnamon apple baked French Toast, or Italian Crustless Quiche. We bet it will be your favorite part of the day!

Book your stay today and have the perfect Lancaster PA weekend getaway at the Historic Smithton Inn!

We hope this list of Live Theater in Lancaster PA inspires you to book your getaway today!

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