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Chautauqua Playhouse is the proud recipient of the:

2010 Arts Management Excellence Award

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Our auditorium is now equipped with an ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICE

System, provided to our patrons at no additional cost.



BUS STOP—Travel back with us to America in the 1950s. You can get there by way of “Bus Stop,” the William Inge classic set in a roadside diner just west of Kansas City where a big snowstorm has temporarily marooned several bus passengers headed to Topeka and beyond. Bus Stop manages to charm its audience with sentimental characters and a slice-of-life storyline that taps into our inherent longing for a simpler, more innocent past.



Oct 17


Nov 23



Chautauqua Playhouse is in the process of replacing seats in the auditorium.  As this is a costly endeavor, we ask that you consider adopting a seat.


For any donation of $25 or more, your name will be placed on a plaque in the auditorium as a donor.


For $100, you may “adopt” a specific seat and have an engraved plaque put on that seat, as a donor or in memory of a loved one.


Donations may be sent to  Chautauqua Playhouse.  Please designate that your contribution is for the Chautauqua Seat Fund.


Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.

Next Show:

November 16 at 2 pm

All Seats $10

The Howling Detective—October 25, November 1, November 8

Noon and 2 pm


Inspector Dogleash is now Private Investigator Dogleash and he has been hired by Irene Mousearty to investigate accusations of bad milk be sold at the Kitty Kat Klub.  Is the owner, Lilly LePurr really guilty of fraudulent business, or is Dogleash being played the fool? 

Chautauqua Children’s Theatre