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Charles Playhouse


Charles Playhouse

74 Warrenton St. Boston MA 02116

Events at this venue were rated 4.6 by 472 members.

The Charles Playhouse has had a long and varied history in Boston's entertainment district since its beginnings in 1958. The Charles Playhouse was originally designed and built in 1839 as the fifth Universalist Church, by renowned architect Asher Benjamin. In 1864 it became the first synagogue in Boston, home of the congregation Ohabei Shalom, before its transformation during Prohibiton into a speakeasy called "The Lido Venice."

In the 1940s, during the heyday of Boston's post World War II nightclub scene, the upstairs (mainstage) was converted into a fashionable nightclub, Storyland, while downstairs reverberated with hot jazz by artists such as Fats Waller and Earl "Fatha" Hines. When the Charles Playhouse opened as a theatre in 1958, Boston drama critic Elliot Norton wrote that its rich history gave it "the proper sinned-in atmosphere to become a great theatre."

As a theatre space, Charles Playhouse had its origins as The Charles Street Playhouse at 54 Charles Street, at the base of Beacon Hill. It was started as the Actor's Company, a group of Boston University graduates who included among their performers, Olympia Dukakis.

The company then moved to the (current) Warrenton Street location, and with that inaugural (1958) season, the era of the Charles Playhouse began.

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Handicap Information

Shows at Stage II require the use of stairs. The theater is unable to provide assistance on the stairs due to liability issues.

At this time, the Charles Playhouse is not ADA accessible, but does provide handicapped seating with special arrangements made directly through the theater. The theater does not have an elevator, and there are 25 stairs with landings to the main stage area. Patrons can be dropped off and picked up in front of the theatre. The street has no accessible parking at this time. The distance to walk will vary based on parking location and can be anywhere from one to two blocks.

Handicap seating may be available.

Please contact us before buying tickets to make arrangements.