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Arlington's Theater Scene is Bigger & Better Than Ever

New shows in Arlington provide even more reasons to make going to the theater part of your capital area vacation.

You don’t have to leave Arlington to get a healthy dose of culture. From Tony Award®-winning performances and contemporary dance shows to Shakespeare classics and outdoor musicals, seeing a show in Arlington is the perfect way to complete a day of sightseeing and experience the reason Arlington is known for an artsy vibe.

Signature Theatre

Arlington’s Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre is known for contemporary and classic musicals and plays. “Our 2018/19 season continues Signature’s commitment to reimagining great musicals and premiering exciting new work,” said Maggie Boland, Signature Theatre’s managing director.

Its 2019-20 season includes:

The theater is located at the Village at Shirlington, a neighborhood of shops and restaurants on a picturesque promenade where you can enjoy an al fresco dinner before or after the show.

Synetic Theater

Learn the secrets of visual storytelling at Synetic Theater in the Crystal City neighborhood. Founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili is unveiling a 2019 - 2020 season of “theater that moves” with wordless performances of popular Shakespeare plays and other favorites, including:

  • Treasure Island (July 17 - Aug. 18, 2019)
  • The Tempest (September 25 – October 20, 2019)
  • Snow Queen (December 3 – 29, 2020)
  • Phantom of the Opera (February 5 – March 1, 2020)
  • Life is a Dream (April 22 – May 17, 2020)
  • TBA Comedy from Vato Tsikurishvili (June 17 – July 12, 2020)

WSC Avant Bard

WSC Avant Bard produces classic works with a provocative edge. Avant Bard’s offbeat take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy tells the story through the lens of refugees and exiles. It asks, “How can we all get along on this island Earth?”

Alicia Curtis, star dancer of Bowen McCauley Dance
Bowen McCauley Dance Co.


Arlington-based professional dance companies perform at venues throughout the capital region. Local favorites Bowen McCauley Dance Co. and Jane Franklin Dance offers shows throughout the year.

And There’s More

Check the StayArlington events calendar for the latest schedule of performances and cultural happenings.

Author: Talia Salem

Signature Theatre

Arlington’s Tony Award®-winning theater company known for contemporary and classic musicals and plays.

Synetic Theater

Premier American physical theater, fusing dynamic art forms such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance and music.

WSC Avant Bard

WSC Avant Bard is a performing arts organization dedicated to producing classic works with a provocative, bold approach in an intimate setting.

Jane Franklin Dance

A blend of dance, theatre and humor.Jane Franklin Dance is known for its lively mix of dance, theatre, and humor and for the ability to engage...