Theater and Dance

It’s Friday night, and you’re two thousand miles from home—what to do? Tapping into the local theater scene is one of the most thrilling ways to plug into a destination. By attending a critically acclaimed theater production, you’ll also bear witness to—and unlock the secrets of—the beauty and history behind the world’s most iconic performing arts venues. From catching a show at an 18th-century opera house in Venice to hearing a symphony in a Spanish concert hall that’s earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status, you’re guaranteed an evening to remember.Travel + Leisure directs you to the highest-ranking and most innovative theater scenes. Want to know which city boasts the largest performing arts district outside Broadway? Maybe you’re after a downtown theater that showcases cutting-edge puppetry? From Chicago to Cleveland and beyond, Travel + Leisure can help you get your drama fix.Enjoy a night on the townPlanning a trip on the fly? Travel + Leisure’s extensive arts and theater coverage will keep you informed on everything from the latest Broadway buzz to grand openings and premieres around the world. With detailed advice on cultural offerings in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Berlin, and more, Travel + Leisure elevates your itinerary from humdrum to heavenly.Thanks to dedicated correspondents in every major city in the US and internationally, Travel + Leisure can diligently seek out places with vibrant theater communities and scout out the season’s upcoming cutting-edge performances. In Travel + Leisure varied and highly entertaining city features, our reporters speak to in-the-know locals as well as the playwrights, actors, and set designers behind today’s masterpieces.A dance to rememberPlanning an evening out in Milan? Looking to fill a weekend in the Big Apple? The sophistication and grace of a dance recital—ballet, modern, contemporary—attracts audiences from around the globe. In both festivals and theaters, travelers can see award-winning dance companies perform the classic stories as well as new works by up-and-coming choreographers. Get swept up in the rich set designs, gorgeous costumes, and ethereal movements of the world’s top dancers on your next culture trip.

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The Globe Theatre Is Closed but You Can Stream Shakespeare's Plays

Literature comes to life with these plays you can rent or purchase online.