About Us

Ivoryton Playhouse is located in Ivoryton, a beautiful section of historic Essex, on the banks of the Connecticut River.  The Playhouse has been an important part of Connecticut’s cultural landscape for over 100 years.  It was one of America’s leading summer showplaces, presenting a parade of stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Tallulah Bankhead, Betty Grable, Mae West and many, many more.

Over the course of the past 30 years, the Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation has completed a total renovation of the building, including new shingles, a new heating and air-conditioning system, new seats and state-of-the-art theatrical sound and lighting systems.  The building is now prepared to face the second century of its life.

Since 2006, under the Artistic Direction of Jacqueline Hubbard, the Foundation began producing a year-round season of professional theatre.  Today, the theatre produces seven professional shows annually, drawing audiences from all over the Northeast.

The 274-seat theatre is comfortable and air-conditioned and conveniently located off the highway close to several other desirable tourist destinations including Gillette Castle State Park, The Connecticut River Museum, Essex Steam Train and two major factory outlet shopping centers.

Award Winning

The Playhouse was honored to receive the Shoreline Arts Alliance Bravo! Award for its contribution to the arts and was voted Best Place to see Live Theatre in 2020, 2022 and 2023 in the Shore Publishing Best of Reader’s Poll as well as Best Place to see Live Theatre in the Shoreline Times Reader’s Poll.  The Connecticut Critics Circle awarded Jacqueline Hubbard the Tom Killen Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Connecticut Theatre in 2012.

Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

Ivoryton Playhouse
103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT  06442
Telephone:  860.767.9520
Box Office:  860.767.7318

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