The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-for-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding areas at a varied price point. The Playhouse presents national and local acts and is the cultural hub of the town of Ridgefield. Considered by many to be the finest venue in Fairfield County for attending a concert, the Playhouse boasts an intimate 500 seat auditorium with near-perfect acoustics.
After many years of planning, fundraising and building, the dream of restoring the theater designed by Cass Gilbert Jr. in Ridgefield became a reality in December of 2000 and opened with a performance by Jose Feliciano.
Since then, sold-out audiences have enjoyed Peter Yarrow, Marcel Marceau, Barbara Cook, Joan Baez, The Bacon Brothers, Michael Feinstein, Gregg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Melissa Etheridge and many more outstanding performers. As part of our film society events, screening documentary and feature films, film-goers have been treated to Q & A's with many of the movie industry's finest talents, including Harvey Keitel, Ron Howard, Tim Robbins and Barry Levinson. Community events such as the Ridgefield High School Orchestra Concert, and the Annual Town Meeting, and local dance company recitals, have a home at The Playhouse. Comedians Martin Short, Dana Carvey, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffen, Robert Klein and Rob White have made Ridgefield audiences laugh, and speakers such as Ira Glass, David Seders and Stephen Sondheim have shared their wisdom and wit.
Our Arts in Education and Arts for Everyone outreach programs extend the power of the arts to students, teachers, families in need and others in our community, fulfilling our mission and completing our sense of purpose. Our annual free outdoor Shakespeare on the Green and Green expo is a way the Ridgefield Playhouse says "thank you" to all who support us.