Seattle is an incredible place to see theatre productions for all ages. The city’s theatres are geared to shows that accommodate old and young, encouraging the joy of watching a play across familial generations. The productions range from song and dance to serious drama and comedy.
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour
The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 981
(206) 682-1414

Oct. 30 – Nov. 1

The powerful and energetic Riverdance comes to The Paramount Theatre at the end of October. Patrons share in an evening of Irish song, dance and music. These historic activities are brought into the 21st century through the choreography and talented performers. This is a memorable show, and a must-see for all who enjoy Irish traditions. This show sold out venues throughout Europe and Asia. This show is directed by John McColgan, produced by Moya Doherty and composed by Bill Whelen.

Come From Away
Seattle Repertory Theatre – Bagley Wright Theatre
155 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2222

Nov. 13 – Dec. 13

“Come From Away” shows a different perspective of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City and Washington, D.C. The play showcases the small Canadian town that 38 international planes were re-routed to after the attack on the Twin Towers. It shows the hospitality of this small town to the international group that were re-directed and landed in their airport. The show is directed by Christopher Ashley. Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the book, music and lyrics for the show.

Photo Credit: The Bathhouse Theater is located on beautiful Green Lake. Photo by Karen Ulvestad

Bad Jews
Bath House Theater
7312 West Green Lake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 524-1300

Oct. 2 – 18Bad

Jews is directed by Shana Bestock through the Seattle Public Theater. The story takes place after the funeral of the main character’s grandfather, illustrating the power of faith and family. This comedy’s three main characters include Daphna Feygenbaum who is portrayed as the “real Jew,” her cousin, Liam, with his shiksa girlfriend, Melody. The plot revolves around the Chai necklace formerly owned by their grandfather. This play was nominated for three Outer Critic Circle Awards, and four Lucille Lortel Awards.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Charlotte Martin Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-0807

Nov. 5 – Dec. 27

The childhood classic, based on the movie, comes to the stage at the Children’s Theatre through the holiday season. This show is rated for people six years and older. The show stays true to the movie through its main characters and plot-line. Patrons experience Caractaous Potts, his children (Jemima and Heremy), and Grandpa Potts. The plot turns from eccentric inventions to a rescue mission. This is a timeless classic with the stage adaptation was written by Jeremy Sams.

The Wade James Theatre is home to The Driftwood Players. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Driftwood Players – Wade James Theatre
306 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 774-9600

Nov. 27 – Dec. 20

The Driftwood Players perform at the Wade James Theatre just north of Seattle. This small venue has been serving the community for 57 years, and is located in Edmonds (just north of Seattle). The storyline for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever weaves the classic church Christmas pageant with uncooperative kids creating a fun and lively play. This year, it is directed by Andrew Coopman.

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