Theatres Galore in the Lower Connecticut River Valley Region
The Riverwind Inn is so very fortunate to have so many excellent theatre opportunities close to The Inn. Morning breakfast at The Riverwind Inn quite often revolves around our guest’s fantastic theatre experiences.
The Goodspeed Opera House beginnings date back to 1963 when it opened as a professional musical theatre in a historic building on the banks of the Connecticut River in East Haddam. Today, Goodspeed offers both new and newly revived musicals each year on its main stage at the Opera House and at its second stage in Chester – a total of more than 400 performances during the April to December season attracting more than 130,000 patrons to the Connecticut River Valley.
Year-round, “Goodspeed offers innovative and highly-sought after programs at its Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre, including the celebrated Musical Theatre Institute providing programs for aspiring musical theatre professionals. The Arts Education Collaboration provides art-education programs for underserved Connecticut youth.
The Norma Terrace Theatre is a theatre in Chester, CT, and the home theatre of Goodspeed Musicals. The Norma Terris Theatre was built as a factory in the early 1900s and was donated in 1982. Its 200-seat performance space opened in 1984.
The Ivoryton Playhouse is located in Ivoryton, CT, in a beautiful section of historic Essex along the banks of the Connecticut River. The Playhouse has been an important part of Connecticut’s cultural landscape for more than 100 years. In its time it was one of America’s leading summer showplaces, featuring stars including Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Tallulah Bankhead, Betty Grable, and Mae West.
The 250-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.
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in a historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911, the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After state-of-the-art renovations, the center includes a 250-seat theatre that presents work in several genres including music, theater, opera, dance, comedy, film, and a variety of children’s programming. The theater lobby encompasses a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident.