What is happening with the 2020-21 season?

The one-actor version of A Christmas Carol is cancelled, and the mainstage subscription season in the Marx Theatre and Rosenthal Shelterhouse is postponed until Fall of 2021 with some of the shows expected to return. We will present a series of special events on selected weekends with socially distanced seating in the Marx Theatre, as well as our Off the Grid Series and educational programming.

Why are you cancelling and postponing the plays and musicals planned but can still do special events in the Marx Theatre?

This decision helps ensure our healthy return in the fall of 2021. The City of Cincinnati and State of Ohio approved the Playhouse to open at 30-percent audience capacity. However, the plays and musicals produced for the mainstage season require dozens of artists and staff to work in very close quarters indoors for extended periods of time. Even with our comprehensive safety protocols in place, full productions are in perpetual risk of being shut down due to a COVID-19 spike or positive case. Weekend special events require less time and risk to present, and this makes them a better option in the current environment. We are pleased to bring some inspirational, alternative programming to the community.

What will the Playhouse be doing instead?

We plan to be very busy and bring our community virtual and socially distanced ways to experience live performances until we can produce a mainstage subscription season again. Plans to date include:

Off the Grid
Virtual and socially distanced events, including the Nancy Brew Zoom Dunnit on Nov. 12, will occur this season. Plus, more immersive, theatrical experiences to come!

Special Events Series
On select weekends this season, we will bring nationally recognized theatre artists to the Marx Theatre with socially distanced seating. Presented by Schueler Group, these events will be listed on our Shows and Events page.

Virtual Off the Hill Plays
Our professionally filmed production of The Wind in the Willows is currently available and two more are planned. Good for ages 5 and up.

Virtual Education Programs
Schools and educators can now access our curriculum offerings and virtual workshops with our new Education Memberships.

Directing the Future
We are in the homestretch of our Capital Campaign and expect to break ground on Moe and Jack’s Place – The Rouse Theatre sometime in early 2021. Opening is still slated for Fall 2022.


What measures will you take to keep audiences safe at special events and other activities?

The safety and well-being of our patrons, artists and staff are our top priority. As such, the Playhouse has developed a comprehensive safety plan which follows all measures required by the City of Cincinnati, the State of Ohio and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those measures will include intense cleaning, hand-sanitizing stations, social distancing, and other safety protocols. Patrons will also be required to wear masks. To read more about our comprehensive safety measures and policies, visit our Health & Safety page.


What happens with my tickets to the 2020-21 season?

Subscribers and other ticketholders do not need to do anything. Tickets will be automatically rolled over to the 2021-22 season, and subscribers who renewed will continue to save their regular seats. All subscribers and other ticketholders will be contacted directly with details and the process for alternate options.


What shows will be in the 2021-22 season?

While we anticipate the 2021-22 season will include some of the same shows we had planned for this season, an announcement of the final line-up will come later. Due to the length of time that will have elapsed, some titles may change due to availability and the needs of the community. If necessary, we will contact Build Your Own subscribers and single ticket holders for alternate choices at that time.

Will the full version of A Christmas Carol return?

Yes! We hope to bring back our full production of A Christmas Carol in 2021.


What does this mean for Ushers?

Due to the limited opportunities for our volunteer ushers, we are placing our seasonal usher program on hold until the fall of 2021. We look forward to working with our dedicated ushers again at that time. Thank you to all of our ushers for all that you do.


Now Playing

Though we don't have a mainstage season this year, we do have special events and other performances available. Check out our new Shows page to stay in the know about what's playing and what's coming soon.