As one of the primary performing arts, this website celebrates theater in all its forms - from student-made to community-based and professional. Find events reflecting theater performance and instruction of all styles - comedy, musical, drama, contemporary, historic, avant garde - and for all age groups.

OCCA Theater

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Performing Arts Center, which is home to four resident artist groups: Porthole Players, Red Octopus Theatre Company, New Visions Arts and Coastal Act Productions. Current shows are listed as events. For more information about current OCCA theater events, please contact the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Upcoming Events in Theater

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    October 12nd, 2018 to October 28th, 2018

    LIVE ON STAGE: Shakespeare's timeless words are infused with movement and music, for a wild and whimsical adventure audiences won't soon forget. A thrilling evening of enchantment, mayhem, and merriment... just in time for Halloween.

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  • National Theatre King Lear

    November 9th, 2018 to November 9th, 2018

    Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s "extraordinarily moving portrayal" (Independent) of "King Lear" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production, which received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

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  • The Buddy Holly Story

    November 16th, 2018 to December 2nd, 2018

    The Buddy Holly Story is a celebration of the life and times of the young man with spectacles and catches that unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm that was Buddy Holly, and wraps it up into a package that has become: “THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ROCK & ROLL MUSICAL” Porthole Players has brought in talent from all over the US and paired them with some of Newport’s most talented performers and musicians to create this musical extravaganza. The Show tells the true story of Buddy’s rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when ‘THAT’LL BE THE DAY’ hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.” The rock and roll show/concert features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits ‘THAT’LL BE THE DAY’, ‘PEGGY SUE’, ‘EVERYDAY’, ‘OH BOY’, ‘NOT FADE AWAY’, ‘RAVE ON’ and ‘RAINING IN MY HEART’, plus Ritchie Valens’ ‘LA BAMBA’ and the Big Bopper's ‘CHANTILLY LACE’. The incredible legacy of the young man with big glasses and an even bigger heart, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden age of Rock & Roll, lives on in BUDDY.

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  • Rick Bartow: In Spirit

    December 14th, 2018 to December 16th, 2018

    This new play by Merridawn Duckler and directed by Marc Maislen brings the mythology of this artist to our lives. "Rick Bartow: In Spirit" will play for one week only and is about Rick's fictional meeting with three inspirational literary figures in his life - Bertold Brecht, A.E. Houseman and Emily Dickinson.

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  • The Christmas Show!

    December 22nd, 2018 to December 22nd, 2018

    A special one-night-only Holiday event, hosted by The Tequila Mockingbirds. Join us for a spectacular celebration of the Holiday Season featuring the world premiere of seven Holiday-themed one-act plays, live music, dance, comedy, hot chocolate, and FREE homemade Christmas Cookies!

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  • National Theatre The Madness of George III

    December 28th, 2018 to December 28th, 2018

    Multi-award-winning drama "The Madness of George III" will be broadcast live in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

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