Located in beautiful downtown Fredericton adjacent to the provincial legislature, the Fredericton Playhouse has been providing a professional venue for the performing arts for decades.
The Playhouse was a gift from Lord and Lady Beaverbrook to the people of New Brunswick in 1964.
The facility was renovated in 1972 to expand technical capabilities and improve audience-to-performer relationship, or intimacy. The fly tower and box office were added at this time and the auditorium size was reduced to a capacity of 763 seats.
In 2000, the facility came under the ownership and management of Fredericton Playhouse Inc. - a charitable non-profit corporation associated with the City of Fredericton.
Today, the theatre operates as a professional performance venue available for local, national, and international artists and companies. The organization also presents touring artists as part of its own professional series and offers various other specialized programs for youth and local artists.
The auditorium currently seats 709 people (473 orchestra, 236 balcony) and is equipped with a listening assist system and several wheelchair and transfer seats to accommodate all patrons.
Its stage features modern sound, lighting, video, and fly systems and is the best equipped purpose-built theatre in the capital region. A large rehearsal hall is located on the second level. A spacious greenroom and purpose-built dressing rooms are also made available for visiting artists.
The facility’s lobbies provide a gallery space for local visual artists. A cloak room, bar/concessions and merchandise services are available during events along with access to the Fredericton Convention Centre for additional banks of restrooms and access to the East End Parking Garage. Professional ticketing services are provided by a box office that is open daily to the public.