BEST Phoenix Theaters (Plays, Shows, & Event Entertainment!)
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PHOENIX THEATRES, PLAYS & SHOWS

Phoenix is a hot spot for exciting live performances of all forms-- from ballets and musical performances to comedies and illusion shows. Phoenix theater shows provide unique experiences at many local performance centers, no matter if you're looking for a date night out, entertainment for the evening, or a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary. Phoenix shows are of the highest caliber, performed by the finest performers in the industry. No matter your taste, there's a theater in Phoenix that matches your style and exceeds your expectations!

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carnival of illusion magical Phoenix theater show

Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Old-World Magic

If you’re looking for something out of the norm that will test your limits of imagination, CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION is THE place for you! This top rated illusion performance has theaters in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Tucson and is well known throughout the state for their magic and mystery. This Vaudeville-inspired show is performed by two award-winning entertainers, Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed. Their boutique theatre style is both up-close and intimate. The performance isn’t the only thing that will leave you breathless as the parlours are not your typical décor. From the moment you step through the theater doors, your journey of enchantment has begun. Warning: CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION has sold out hundreds of show in a row. Don’t wait until the last minute for tickets as you’ll find. . .they’ve disappeared. Check their ticket availability now!

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Mesa Arts Center with two violinists dressed in baroque costume

Mesa Arts Center

The arts are alive and well in Mesa at the Mesa Arts Center. This award-winning arts complex houses four stages, a multitude of art galleries, classrooms, art studios and much more. With an eclectic variety of performing and visual arts available throughout the year, a trip to the Mesa Arts Center is sure to equal a great day filled with inspiration. If you are planning to see a show at the Mesa Arts Center, arrive early and give yourself time to view the latest art exhibit at the Museum and maybe even spend a little time at the museum store stocking up on those great little last minute gifts for all your artsy friends...free of sales tax, compliments of the Mesa Arts Center Foundation!

Tempe Center for the Arts with theater, plays, and concerts

Tempe Center for the Arts

If your time in the Greater Phoenix area includes a visit to Tempe, then stop in at the Tempe Center for the Arts for music, live theater, comedy, magic and more! This arts center on Town Lake promised plenty of free parking and some delightful local and visiting talent. Come in for some Friday night comedy or maybe some Art After Work (no experience necessary!). Are you a local songwriter looking to share some of your latest hits, then check out the Songwriters Showcase. Or check the calendar for one of Arizona's favorites, CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION. There's a lot going on at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Ballet Arizona with a ballerina floating across the stage

Ballet Arizona

The Ballet Arizona theater is the perfect place for ballet lovers. The innovative and provocative theater hosts outstanding classical and contemporary ballet performances-- from seasonal favorites like the Nutcracker to the most popular, including Cinderella. With professional choreography, live orchestra, stunning production and design, Ballet Arizona is incomparable to any other ballet performance center in Phoenix. The energetic and highly talented dancers offer premiere performances-- making Ballet Arizona not only one of the best Phoenix theaters for shows in Phoenix but in Arizona as well. You can even join the theater by enrolling in the School of Ballet Arizona, where you’ll truly make ballet come alive!

Chaos Comedy is a fun improv comedy night in Phoenix packed with a group of blondes in black t-shirts.

Chaos Comedy

If you’re ready to laugh until you cry, Chaos Comedy is the place for you. This live theater in Phoenix is home to great entertainment in the Valley. With improv shows and top performers you’ll find out for yourself why Chaos Comedy is known as the best improv show in Phoenix. Grab a date or a group of friends for a night of laughing. The performances here are guaranteed to be more exciting than anything you’ll find on TV!

Arizona Theatre Company hosts classic and contemporary plays in Phoenix including the musical Hair.

Arizona Theatre Company

The Arizona Theatre Company touches lives through the power of Phoenix live theatre. With the largest seasonal subscriber base in Arizona for performing arts, the plays in Phoenix at the Arizona Theatre Company offer a rich variety of classic and contemporary plays. There are even musical works. Drawing more than 130,000 visitors each year with shows in Phoenix and Tucson, you’ll have a great time watching some of the best live performers in the industry. Whether you’re heading to the theater by yourself, with a date or a group of people, the performances are bound to create the perfect evening!

The Torch Theater presents unique live theater in Phoenix with large groups of actors on stage.

The Torch Theatre

If you love improv, head to Arizona’s finest professional improv theatre, The Torch Theatre. Each performance is one-of-a-kind and completely unique from another. Performed by the community’s top actors, poets, dancers, comedians and more, you’ll see up and coming performers grow their dreams on stage right before your eyes. Each performance offers a challenging and entertaining show you won’t find anywhere else. Check out the vibrant and diverse community of Phoenix shows at The Torch Theatre!

A wonderful chamber music evening with five musicians in beautiful costumes on stage.

Phoenix Chamber Music Society

The Phoenix Chamber Music Society is committed to bringing the finest chamber music to the Valley. If you love music or a relaxing evening of live theater in Phoenix, you have to check out the Phoenix Chamber Music Society. The concert venue offers a diversity of musical performances throughout the year. No matter when you visit, you’ll benefit from restaurant discounts-- perfect for a couple’s night out on the town. Save time by booking your tickets online!

The Celebrity Theatre features big name entertainers like Donny Osmond soloing.

Celebrity Theatre

If you’re looking for a place with soul, history and excitement, the Celebrity Theatre is the place for you! Located in one of the most intriguing historic landmarks in Phoenix, it’s a one of a kind concert venue, featuring the biggest names in the business! You’ll have the ultimate entertainment experience as there’s an extremely rare revolving stage, so you’re never more than 70 feet away! With an intimate atmosphere and state-of-the-art sound system, the acoustic excellence provides you with world-class entertainment. With a full list of events, there will always be a great live performance you’ll love!

Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre features loads of laughs.

Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

With their current remodel now complete, you will find a new and improved Improv. You'll also find great top-name comedy acts at this Tempe comedy club. And for those that arrive hungry, there is a full dinner menu, many a munchie type selection, and a full bar, so you can eat, drink and be merry. There is a 2 drink minimum in the showroom, so expect to shell out a bit more beyond the ticket price to get in.

The Comerica Theatre in a rock concert dressed in fifties costumes.

Comerica Theatre

This up-to-date and comparatively modern theatre was completed in 2002, and marries state-of-the-art technology with classic live theatre style. With 5,000 seats, you'll find some big acts here, including Moscow Ballet's Russian Nutcracker every December. There is a wide range of entertainment choices. You'll also find concession food in the lobby along with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Comerica Theatre is located in downtown Phoenix, and parking is available in the adjacent garage.

Orpheum Theatre is a gorgeous restored turn of the century downtown Phoenix theater

Orpheum Theatre

This downtown Phoenix favorite was built in 1929 and has withstood the test of time. Still bringing great entertainment to the Phoenix area, Orpheum Theatre is listed on the National Register of historic places. Take a tour with the docents and learn the history of this theatre, and then come back for a show. Past live theater shows have included great musicals like A Chorus Line, comedy headliners and world-class musical acts. With great acoustics and a fine view from any seat, this is one theatre you will want to visit often.

Arizona Opera with undersea costumes and staging

Arizona Opera

With five grand operas produced each year, this opera company strives to bring the power of opera to not just one but two cities. Both Phoenix and Tucson can enjoy these full stage performances of both older beloved operas and some more recent works. Utilizing the talents of both international stars and emerging artists, you'll experience a well-rounded cast of opera favorites. From Verdi to Puccini and beyond, the opera is a place to laugh, cry and be inspired, for there is nothing quite as grand as the opera.

Herberger Theater Center offers performers jumping through space with bright costumes by mixing dance with trampolines.

Herberger Theater Center

The Herberger Theater Center is the home to the Arizona Theatre Company and Center Dance Ensemble. With top performances, performing art education and outreach programs and an art gallery, the theater is the perfect destination for those who love the performing arts. Not only will you watch award-winning shows in Phoenix, but tour the museum, support the local youth, and even make a full night of the evening with dinner packages and $3 parking! There’s always a new performance at the Herberger Theater Center, so you’re able to visit time and time again for an unique and exciting performance. Be sure to stop by the theater in October for their annual Festival of the Arts!