Ticket prices for individual Playhouse productions begin at $35 and vary based on the date and seating location desired. Generally, you'll receive the best seats at the best prices by purchasing early or by purchasing a Playhouse subscription. All Playhouse ticket prices are subject to change based on availability. To view specific prices, select the Buy Tickets button for the production you'd like to see. Then, select the date and seats you prefer.
Looking for a discount? The Playhouse offers a number of discount programs. Discounts for groups of eight or more adults are also available.
Ticket prices vary based on performance and seat location.
The Robert S. Marx Theatre has four price zones. In our ticketing purchase path, you will see each zone represented by the following colors:
Price Zone 1 - Blue (includes the most expensive seats)
Price Zone 2 - Purple
Price Zone 3 - Green
Price Zone 4 - Pink (includes the least expensive seats for all show except A Christmas Carol)
*Price Zone 5 - Yellow (includes the least expensive seats for A Christmas Carol only)
The Shelterhouse Theatre has three price zones. In our ticketing purchase path, you will see each zone represented by the following colors:
Center Section - Blue (includes the most expensive seats)
Side Section A - Purple
Side Section B - Pink (includes the least expensive seats)
Contact the Box Office by phone or in person no later than noon the day of your performance. Tell us which show you want to exchange. Once we agree on an alternate seat location and date, we will exchange your seats instantly and release your old seats for sale immediately. Pick up your new tickets any time during Box Office hours. Destroy your old tickets by tearing them lengthwise and discarding them. Don't forget to mark your calendar with your new performance date.
Subscribers: There is no service fee for subscribers to exchange any ticket, including additional single ticket purchases.
Non-subscribers: There is a $4 exchange fee per ticket/per exchange.
Upgrades: Exchanges made to higher-priced tickets will be charged the price difference. Upgrade charges are due at the time of exchange and can be charged to American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
• If your tickets have expired, please read the missed performance procedure below to find out how you can still see the show.
• Seating is based on availability and may not be comparable to original seating. Since we do not save seats for exchanges, please call us as soon as you know you have a conflict.
• Reserved parking may not be available on your new performance day. If parking is sold out for your new date, we will put you on a waiting list and call you when we secure space. If we cannot secure a spot, please stop by the Box Office on the night of your performance to obtain a parking refund for that individual performance.
• Exchanges to lower-priced tickets will not receive a refund.
A $.90 per ticket fee is assessed by The Cincinnati Park Board on all ticket purchases.
In addition, the Playhouse assesses a $4 per ticket handling fee to all single ticket buyers. Subscribers pay no additional fees on any single ticket purchases.
Save by coming to our discounted preview performances (the shows prior to opening night).
Robert S. Marx Theatre previews occur on the Saturday (8 p.m.), Sunday (2 p.m.), Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) prior to opening night of a show.
Shelterhouse Theatre previews occur on the Saturday (8 p.m.), Sunday (7 p.m.), Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) prior to opening night of a show.
• Exchange your tickets by noon the day of your performance by calling the Box Office.
• Give the gift of theatre to friends, acquaintances or business associates. If you cannot get your tickets to them, we can print duplicates that they can pick up at the Box Office.
• Donate your tickets to the Playhouse as a charitable contribution to a not-for-profit organization. Call the Box Office to release your seats BEFORE the scheduled performance, destroy your tickets and we will issue a receipt for your tax return. Once the performance begins, we cannot issue tax-deductible certificates.
If the show is still running, yes. We offer admission after a missed performance for a fee of $5 (plus any additional costs associated with improved seating), valid only for another performance of the same play. Here's how it works:
• The Box Office distributes seating beginning ONE HOUR prior to curtain on a first-come, first-served basis when expired tickets are presented.
• If reserved seating is not available, you will be given an empty seat pass. You will then meet the house manager at the door of the theatre just prior to curtain. He or she will assist you in finding empty seats in the theatre.
• The missed performance admission is valid through the final performance of the missed show. Please call the Box Office to confirm the show time(s) on the day you plan to attend.
Every year, the Playhouse is proud to issue ticket donations valued at more than $30,000 to assist other nonprofits in raising funds for their organizations.These ticket donations valued at over $170 per set entitle recipients to attend one of the current Marx Theatre subscription season productions. Please note conditions of the donation and expiration date.
To request a donation for your organization please follow these guidelines:
• Requests are accepted via U.S. post only. Include a self-addressed stamped standard #10 envelope for the donation to be returned to you. Requests must be on the receiving organization's letterhead, with the name of the organization, address, telephone number and nonprofit ID number, name of the event, contact's name, address and phone numbers. No donation will be issued to an individual.
• Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The Playhouse is not responsible for lost or misdirected donations and is unable to issue reprints. Requesting organizations may receive one donation per Playhouse's fiscal calendar, July 1 through June 30. Multiple requests are discarded.
• Tickets are subject to availability, are valid for the Marx Theatre production listed. Valid for Sunday evenings-Fridays.
• The Playhouse is unable to consider donations that benefit political parties or candidates, for-profit companies (including employee recognition/appreciation days) and holiday events.
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• Come as you are. There is no formal dress code at the Playhouse.
• Arrive on time. We do our best to make sure our patrons don’t miss any of the action onstage, but the show must go on as scheduled. If you do arrive late and the show has already started, our house managers will have you wait to enter the theatre until there’s a break or scene transition in the show that won’t disrupt the actors and others’ viewing experience.
• Enjoy a beverage from our full-service bar. So long as it’s in the plastic cup we provide, you can take it with you into the theatre. We also offer coffee, tea and hot chocolate from V’s Café.
• Pick up a free program from our ushers. You can learn more about the show you’re about to see and the artists who created it.
• Engage with lobby displays and activities. We provide different kinds of engagement like audience response boards, photo ops and educational displays to give you a fun and well-rounded experience while you’re here.
• Take a free copy of Prologue from the lobby. It’s our pre-show magazine that gives an in-depth look at our productions, offers exclusive insight from artists and features Playhouse news.
• Connect with us via social media. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram for show details, event news, behind-the-scenes content, interviews and more for you to enjoy before and after your visit.
• Silence your cell phone. The audience and the performers thank you.
• Bring food into the theatre. We know the sweet treats from V’s Café are delicious, but we don’t want the audience to be distracted by crinkling candy wrappers and chewing sounds.
• Take photos or videos of the performance. Not only does it disrupt the performers and the audience members around you, but we’re contractually obligated to protect the copyright of our artists’ work when its onstage. If you’d like to view and share photos and videos of the production, check out the high-quality content we publish on our website and social media platforms.
• Make small talk during the performance. Both our Marx and Rosenthal Shelterhouse theatres offer intimate viewing experiences, so everyone around you (including the actors) will likely end up hearing you if you talk during the show. Plus, we want to make sure everyone enjoys an uninterrupted performance.
There is plenty of industry lingo that folks on- and offstage use when referring to productions. Here’s a list of commonly used words and phrases you may read or overhear.
Preview performances are public shows that precede opening night. The company is in its final stages of rehearsal, and performing for an audience lets them see how folks respond to material. This allows them to make their tweaks and changes before the show is officially complete. At the Playhouse, each production has four or five public previews, and tickets to these shows cost less than regular performances. Read more about previews in our FAQs.You may read or hear about the several individuals who are involved in each production in different ways. The company includes cast members, crew members and all production staff associated with the show. The ensemble includes all actors and performers onstage. An understudy is a member of the ensemble who also rehearses the lead role and may perform in case the lead actor is unable to do so.
Barbara Chisholm in Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.