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    Little Shop Of Horrors

    Little Shop Of HorrorsBook & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
    Music by Alan Menken
    Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
    Directed by Fred Chacon
    Musical Direction by Dean Starnes
    Choreography by Deedra Wong

    Now EXTENDED thru November 22!

    Seymour, a down-and out skid row floral assistant, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon it grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Can Seymour keep the world – and his beloved Audrey – safe?

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    Swearing in English

    Written & Performed by John Mercer
    Directed by Christy Crowley

    December 12 & 13 ONLY!

    Following sold-out performances at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley, acclaimed actor and author John Mercer brings his memoir series Swearing In English to the Altarena Playhouse for two nights only. Mercer’s evocative stories range from a meeting with Elvis and herring fishing in Scotland to childhood pets, baseball, magic carpets, and perfect moments.

    Join us for two mesmerizing, one-of-a-kind shows as Johnny spins amazing tales of life in northern England during the heady days of the 1970s!

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Altarena wins 4 TBA Awards!

Altarena Playhouse was honored with four Theatre Bay Area Awards at the celebration ceremony on Monday, November 10th! The awards ...

Critics love Little Shop of Horrors!

Altarena's terrifyingly delightful production of Little Shop of Horrors has been named a Recommended Production by the Theatre Bay Area ...

Altarena has 11 Theatre Bay Area Award Finalists!

Altarena Playhouse has 11 Theatre Bay Area Awards finalists, including: Best Production of a Musical - Always...Patsy Cline Best Production of a Play ...

Boeing Boeing a hit with critics!

Critics are raving about Altarena's Theatre Bay Area Awards Recommended production of Marc Camoletti's delightful farce, Boeing Boeing! Alice Chalip of ...

Critics love Always…Patsy Cline!

Sally Hogarty of the Contra Costa Times calls Always...Patsy Cline “highly entertaining"! She praises stars Margaret Belton and Julia ...

NIGHTINGALE nominated for SFBATCC award!

Altarena's production of The Song Of The Nightingale has been nominated for a San Francisco Bay Area Critic's Circle Award ...


Open Auditions: Glengarry Glen Ross

Altarena Playhouse is proud to announce auditions for David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross — Winner! 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Winner! 1983 Olivier Award, Best New Play, Winner! 1984 New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best American Play, Winner! 2005 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play.

Directed by John Maio.

Non-AEA, Stipend provided

This scalding comedy took Broadway [...]

Open Auditions: Blood Brothers

Altarena Playhouse is proud to announce auditions for Blood Brothers, the international musical hit that ran for 24 years in London’s West End and 800 performances Broadway. Directed by Stewart Lyle, with Musical Direction by Tania Johnson.

Non-AEA, Stipend provided

Blood Brothers tells the modern musical fable of twin brothers separated at [...]

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Altarena is a Green Business!

Altarena Playhouse has been certified as a Bay Area Green Business!  Altarena is dedicated to green, sustainable practices on stage and behind the scenes. We are proud to have been recognized by the Bay Area Green Business Program.

Read all about The Song Of The Nightingale!

Altarena’s season-topping The Song Of The Nightingale has been profiled in both the Contra Costa Times and the Alamedan.

The article by Sally Hogarty of the Times tracks the brand new musical’s development from a germ of an idea by playwright Min Kahng through a staged reading at the Frederick L. Chacon Little Theatre at Alameda [...]