Did you know that the Lowcountry has 27 active theater troupes, each with its own unique niche? Whatever your inclination in theatre, the Charleston area has it. Here is a guide to some of the best troupes in town – but don’t forget, there are plenty more we couldn’t get to.
Pure Theatre, 477 King Street – award-winning husband and wife duo lead a troupe that performs new plays by contemporary playwrites. There’s always something interesting at Pure.
Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 ½ Society Street – an eclectic array of old, new and even Shakespeare at an affordable price, Threshold Rep serves as home base for edgy What If? Productions.
Charleston Stage, The Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street — an educational institution for actors with a theater troupe attached, performing in America’s oldest and one of its most ornate theatres.
Footlight Players, 20 Queen Street – Celebrating their 85th season, Footlight is Charleston’s community theatre, performing well-loved plays through the years.
Flowertown Players, 133 S. Main Street Summerville – Community theatre in Summerville at the James Dean Community Theatre.
Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church Street – Whodunits with audience participation that tickle the funny bones of all ages.
Midtown Productions, 2816 Azalea Drive, North Charleston – Musical and dramatic classics you know and love, like The Fantasticks, Always…Patsy Cline, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Deuce Theatre, 1080 E. Montague Avenue, North Charleston – New and experimental, Deuce cuts against the grain. Upcoming shows include The Empire Strikes Black and Tales of Pussynoccio.
Theatre 99, 280 Meeting Street – Charleston’s Improv Comedy Theatre and home of the Have Nots!, the goofballs who make all the fun happen. You can never have a bad time at Theatre 99.
The Village Playhouse, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant – Professional theatre East of the Cooper in a small space that places the audience nearly inside the play for a highly personal experience.
There are lots more, so if you’re interested in taking in a live performance there is always something going on.