Lancaster PA Theaters – Enjoy Live Theater, Music, Comedy

Prepare to be Entertained – Live Theater in Lancaster

If you love the theater and performing arts, you’ll love the options in Lancaster County.  You’ll find popular Broadway shows and original theatrical productions, comedies and musicals, Biblical epics and children’s theater.  You can even enjoy dinner and a show at one of our local dinner theaters.

You’ll find something for everyone on a Lancaster stage. Plus, we have some of the nicest theatrical venues around, from large 1,600-seat facilities and wrap-around stages to small, intimate community theaters. Lancaster is even home to the oldest continuously operating theater in the nation, the Fulton Theatre.

Learn more about our Lancaster theaters below. Then check the upcoming events section that follows for a list of current and future theatrical performances.  Or, check our main Calendar of Events to learn about events, concerts, and all kinds of happenings throughout Lancaster County in the weeks and months ahead. Sign up for our events newsletter and we’ll let you know about future shows so you don’t miss anything.

(See our separate listing for Lancaster movie theaters.)

Our local production companies have pulled out all the stops in order to produce shows you’ll enjoy.  So, pull up a seat, make yourself comfortable, and get ready to be entertained.

Enjoy the Show!

Theater in the Mansion – Mt. Hope Estate

2775 Lebanon Road (Route 72), Manheim, PA 17545, 717-665-7021

Literature, holiday traditions and murder await inside Victorian Mount Hope Mansion. The Theater season begins in November with the haunting tales of Poe Evermore, followed by the yuletide traditions of A Dickens of A Christmas. February and March usher in Murder at Mount Hope with a culinary who-done-it.  Visit website

Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse

(formerly Rainbow Dinner Theatre), 3065 Lincoln Hwy. East (Route 30), Box 56, Paradise, PA 17562, 800-292-4301 or 717-687-4300

All Comedy, All the Time! Fine dining and critically acclaimed shows in Paradise, PA. When was the last time you had a good laugh? America's only all comedy dinner theatre! Call for tickets 800-292-4301 or 717-687-4300, or order online.

Sight and Sound Theatre

300 Hartman Bridge Road, Strasburg, PA 17579, 800-377-1277

Sight & Sound breaks out of the traditional theatre experience as actors, animals and special effects are all around you. You’re immersed in the action as these Biblical epics come to life on stage!   See website

American Music Theatre

2425 Lincoln Highway East, (Rt. 30 across from Rockvale Outlets), Lancaster, PA 17602, 800-648-4102, 717-397-7700

American Music Theatre is Central PA’s live entertainment destination. Enjoy an unforgettable show or concert experience in the comfort and convenience of AMT. Call the box office or visit to see what's going to be on stage when you're in town!

Bird-in-Hand Restaurant & Stage

2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 800-790-4069

Our Broadway-style musicals have been delighting Amish Country audiences since 2011. We have become a favorite stop for live performances in Lancaster County. Our 2016 season includes the return of two favorites, The Confession and Josiah For President, plus our first Christmas musical, and the fascinating Magic & Wonder Show.   Visit website

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-898-1900

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is a year-round theatre presenting live musicals performed by professional performers selected from national auditions and a live orchestra with a buffet of classic American cuisine. Group rates for parties of 16 or more and Children's Theatre shows four times each year. Hotel and theatre packages available. Visit website

Jacob’s Choice at the Amish Experience Theater

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-768-8400

Discover the world of the Amish today through the emotional struggle of the Fisher family to preserve 400 years of tradition. Five screens, smoke, fire, wind and Disney-like special effects immerse you in this dramatic story as you experience what it’s really like to be Amish.  Visit website

Magic Lantern Shows

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA  17505, 717-768-8400

Travel back over 100 years to experience an authentic “Magic Lantern” show in the only theater of its kind in the world. With a live Showman, music, spectacular images, and Victorian “special effects,” celebrate our nation's story from the Pilgrims and Revolution through the Civil War and birth of the airplane.  Visit website


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