The first-Saturday, free PlayhouseSquare Theater Tours, where guests will be able to see the world’s largest outdoor chandelier, PlayhouseSquare’s iconic new GE Chandelier, take place Saturday, May 3.
The tours commence in the State Theatre Lobby at 10 am, and leave from that location at 15-minute intervals until 11:30 am. (Tour guests are invited to walk through the PlayhouseSquare neighborhood following the tours to see not only the GE Chandelier, but the four welcoming gateways, our upgraded lighting and extensive new signage,)
Peeks backstage and from the stage, along with fascinating facts and anecdotes from the past 90-plus years, make PlayhouseSquare’s Free Theater Tours an engaging morning for theater buffs, students of art or architecture and children of all ages. All that is required is a good pair of walking shoes and approximately two hours.
No reservations are needed for individual participants, but groups of 10-or-more are asked to call ahead at 216.640.8531 so arrangements can be made for their group. Private tours for companies, social organizations or high school reunion groups may be arranged for other days and hours by calling 216-640-8531.
(Attendees who wish to learn more about becoming a PlayhouseSquare Red Coat volunteer, may also receive that information before or after the tour, or may visit the website at playhousesquare.org/volunteer.)
Summer Tour Schedule: The next free theater tours for the summer months are scheduled for Saturdays on June 7, July 12 (delayed a week for the Independence Day holiday) and Aug. 2.
PlayhouseSquare, with its 10 performing spaces, is famous not only for being the largest performing arts center outside New York, but as “the largest theater restoration project in the world.” Its State Theatre Lobby is famous in art circles as the home of four murals by famous American modernist James Daugherty (who died in 1974 at 84). The murals are the last Daugherty works that remain in the original location in which they were painted. In addition to these descriptions, PlayhouseSquare is now home to the largest outdoor chandelier in the world, in accordance with the Guinness Book of World Records.