Lantern Theater Company: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in ARCADIA (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in THE TRAIN DRIVER (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.
2017/18 season
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (2017)
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Our 2017/18 season will bring stories of great minds striving to expand the human experience through art, science, magic, and fine food. From Renaissance Italy to 19th Century London, from Europe during and after the Second World War to modern day France, we will perform a cycle of stories that put the world on stage in all its beauty, mystery, complexity, and wit. -Charles McMahon, Artistic Director
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Subscriber Appreciation Weeks
Take advantage of this special opportunity to request subscriber ticket exchanges, redeem flex passes, and purchase discount guest tickets – before tickets go on sale to the public! Subscriber Appreciation Weeks are Mon 7/31 to Fri 8/4 and Mon 8/7 to Fri 8/12.
Five great plays that celebrate our commitment to theater that is fun, engaging, and connected to our modern world.

Red Velvet
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Peter DeLaurier
September 7 - October 8, 2017

London, 1833. There are riots on the streets protesting the Slavery Abolition Act. Inside the Theatre Royal, tragic actor Ira Aldridge is making history. Fresh from dazzling success in the capitals of Europe, he is about to become the first African-American actor to play Othello in London, where the play was created. The conflict inside the theater mirrors that on stage and outside: what price will artists pay for their audacity?

The Craftsman
By Bruce Graham
Directed by M. Craig Getting
November 9 - December 10, 2017

From the ashes of World War II, Dutch patriots discover that one of their own – a rich and reputable art dealer – has sold rare Vermeer paintings to the Nazis. Accused of treason and on trial for his life, he must decide whether to destroy his own reputation or to reveal bigger secrets behind these works that the Dutch consider national treasures. Developed through the Lantern's New Works Initiative, this world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham spins a darkly ironic tale of ambition, genius, and deception.

By Michael Frayn
Directed by Kittson O'Neill
January 11 - February 11, 2018

Copenhagen examines a fascinating mystery: why did German physicist Werner Heisenberg visit his old mentor and Danish counterpart Niels Bohr in 1941 while their countries were at war? Was he looking for clues to atomic secrets, seeking absolution, or simply saying goodbye to an old friend? As the characters wrestle with their memories and motives, what becomes clear is the ultimate unknowability of why we do what we do. Perhaps the greatest play ever written about science, Michael Frayn's drama puts us in the heart of the greatest moral dilemma of the 20th century.

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
March 15 - April 22, 2018

With poetry that brings the roiling sea to heel, The Tempest commands us to examine what happens when one ruler is exiled, his successor washed up on shore, and both must choose between conflict and reconciliation. Can old grievances lead to new hope or are we compelled to repeat our past sins? In the great comic fable of his artistic maturity, Shakespeare explores how the choices we make lead to unexpected consequences. Power becomes magic. Exile leads to revenge. Love paves a path to reconciliation, and poetry triumphs over all. Note: dates for this production were originally announced as March 8 - April 15; the production will now run March 15 - April 22.

Don't Dress for Dinner
By Marc Camoletti
Adapted by Robin Hawdon
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
May 24 - June 24, 2018

Bernard wants Suzanne, and his wife Jacqueline wants his best friend Robert. Suzette comes to cook them all dinner, and her husband George might have to set everybody straight in this wickedly funny comedy by French playwright Marc Camoletti. The action spills from the drawing room to the bedroom to the kitchen in this hilarious and fast-moving farce of marriage, lust, and cordon bleu cuisine.

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Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at noon.
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2017/18 Season
Series Dates, Times, and Pricing

 Day & Time Adult Senior Savings
  Preview Thu 7PM (P) 9/7 11/9 1/11 3/15 5/24 $100 $100 23%
  Preview Fri 8PM (P) 9/8 11/10 1/12 3/16 5/25 $100 $100 23%
  Preview Sat 8PM (P) 9/9 11/11 1/13 3/17 5/26 $100 $100 23%
  Preview Sun 2PM (P) 9/10 11/12 1/14 3/18 5/27 $100 $100 23%
  Preview Tue 6:30PM (P) 9/12 11/14 1/16 3/20 5/29 $100 $100 23%
  Opening Wed 7PM (O) 9/13 11/15 1/17 3/21 5/30 $200 $200 11%
  Wk1 Thu 7PM 9/14 11/16 1/18 3/22 5/31 $130 $110 24%
  Wk1 Fri 8PM 9/15 11/17 1/19 3/23 6/1 $130 $110 24%
  Wk1 Sat 2PM 9/16 11/18 1/20 3/24 6/2 $145 $130 26%
  Wk1 Sat 8PM 9/16 11/18 1/20 3/24 6/2 $145 $130 26%
  Wk1 Sun 2PM (AIC) 9/17 11/19 1/21 3/25 6/3 $145 $130 26%
  Wk2 Tue 6:30PM 9/19 11/21 1/23 3/27 6/5 $130 $110 24%
  Wk2 Wed 2PM (AIC) 9/20 11/22 1/24 3/28 6/6 $130 $110 24%
  Wk2 Wed 7PM 9/20 11/22 1/24 3/28 6/6 $130 $110 24%
  Wk2 Thu 7PM 9/21 11/30* 1/25 3/29 6/7 $130 $110 24%
  Wk2 Fri 8PM 9/22 11/24 1/26 3/30 6/8 $130 $110 24%
  Wk2 Sat 2PM 9/23 11/25 1/27 3/31 6/9 $145 $130 26%
  Wk2 Sat 8PM 9/23 11/25 1/27 3/31 6/9 $145 $130 26%
  Wk2 Sun 2PM (AIC) 9/24 11/26 1/28 4/1 6/10 $145 $130 26%
  Wk3 Tue 6:30PM 9/26 11/28 1/30 4/3 6/12 $130 $110 24%
  Wk3 Wed 2PM (AIC) 9/27 11/29 1/31 4/4 6/13 $130 $110 24%
  Wk3 Wed 7PM 9/27 11/29 1/31 4/4 6/13 $130 $110 24%
  Wk3 Thu 7PM 9/28 11/30 2/1 4/5 6/14 $130 $110 24%
  Wk3 Fri 8PM 9/29 12/1 2/2 4/6 6/15 $130 $110 24%
  Wk3 Sat 8PM 9/30 12/2 2/3 4/7 6/16 $145 $130 26%
  Wk3 Sun 2PM 10/1 12/3 2/4 4/8 6/17 $145 $130 26%
  5-Pass Flex Package 5 flex passes to use throughout the 2017/18 season $175 $155 19%
  4-Pass Flex Package 4 flex passes to use throughout the 2017/18 season $140 $124 19%
*Moved to 11/30 due to Thanksgiving      Senior discount available for age 65 and up

(P) Previews – See theater at the lowest prices and experience the excitement of a show in process before it officially opens.

(O) Opening Nights – Mingle with the artists at post-show parties featuring complimentary wine, beer, and light fare, plus free and unlimited ticket exchanges with no upgrade fees.

(AIC) Artists in Conversation – This post-show discussion series offers an opportunity to talk with the creative artists involved with each production. Conversation immediately follows performance.
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In addition to a great season of world-class theater created right here in Philadelphia, Lantern subscribers enjoy these exclusive benefits:

  • One FREE Refer-A-Friend Pass for each subscription you order to share with family and friends, available for a limited time only.
  • An invitation to our 2017/18 Season Preview Event on Saturday, September 9, with Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon and other special guests.
  • The BEST seats! You'll get first pick of the best available seats in the house, before tickets go on sale to the general public in August.
  • The BEST prices! Subscribers save up to 26% off regular prices and pay only a one-time handling fee.
  • Free and unlimited ticket exchanges within your same series. Pay only the price difference when you exchange into a more expensive series.
  • Parking discounts at two nearby garages, including an exclusive subscriber discount across the street at Autopark at Jefferson.
  • Dining discounts at select neighborhood restaurants.
  • Unlimited additional tickets at a $5 discount with no service charges, to share with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • FREE or reduced subscriber rates for classes at the Lantern Theater School and special events scheduled throughout the 2017/18 season.
  • Reminder emails before each scheduled performance.
Program, schedule, and artists are subject to change.

Pictured: Brian McCann, Gregory Isaac, and Andrew Criss in The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (2017). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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