The Merriam Theatre opened on August 26, 1918 as the Sam S. Shubert Theater with a road production of a musical from London and New York called Chu Chow Chin. John Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn, Angela Lansbury and Sir Laurence Olivier have all taken the stage at the theatre. The theatre was dedicated to John W. Merriam in 1991 and has become the number one Broadway roadhouse in Philadelphia.
All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.
Merriam Theatre hosts Broadway musicals, stand-up comedy, gospels and music and is home to the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival. Children under two years of age are generally not permitted in the theaters. Candy and soft pretzels are allowed into the theater. Beverages are not permitted. Smoking is permitted in the Merriam Theatre.
WILL CALL tickets are available beginning 1 1/2 hours prior to showtime. Customer needs ID, confirmation number, and credit card used for the purchase of tickets(if actual card is not possible, than they need a photocopy of the card).