The Theatre

Exterior, mid 19th Century

The Walnut Street Theatre, founded in 1809, is America's Oldest Theatre. It is also the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania, and a National Historic Landmark. With more than 56,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world!

Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest theatre in America.

Historic Photo Gallery
Visit our Historic Photo Gallery to explore the Walnut's exciting 200-year history in photos!

State Theatre of Pennsylvania
The Walnut is the official State Theatre of Pennsylvania

Staff and Board Members
A committed group of staff and board members serve The Walnut.

Edwin Forrest Award
The Edwin Forrest Award was established in 1990 to recognize the long-term, significant contribution to American theatre by an individual or organization.

Important Milestones in The Walnut's History
A quick timeline from 1809 to today.

Fun Facts about The Walnut Street Theatre
What do President Thomas Jefferson, Bill Cosby and Groucho Marx have in common? They've all been at The Walnut!

Behind the Scenes
Learn about our scene shop and costume-making.

Space Rental
Rent Studio 5 or space for auditions or rehearsals.

Related Organizations
Links to theatre and cultural websites

Mission Statement