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Sizwe Banzi is Dead - Jan 16 - Feb 15, 2015

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To stay above the water, Sizwe Banzi might just have to put himself below the ground. John Kani won the Tony Award for Best Actor for his astonishing performance in a historic collaboration with South Africa’s greatest playwright, Athol Fugard (Master Harold and the Boys, Valley Song). As relevant now as it was then, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is an exquisite demonstration of the political power of storytelling. A striking tale of heroism and perseverance, this powerful drama is filled with surprising humor and uplifting faith in the human spirit.

Jim Henson's
Sid the Science Kid
- February 7, 2015
“Sid the Science Kid” comes to life in this incredible live stage experience! Kids and parents alike will be thrilled as Sid, May, Gabriela, and Gerald come to Princeton to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world around them. SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE! will have the whole family cheering, exploring, dancing, and excited to figure out more about the great unknown together.

Cameron Carpenter, organ - February 6, 2015
Yes, Cameron Carpenter, the “bad boy” of the organ, returns but this time not to the pipe organ at the Princeton University Chapel, but to the stage of McCarter with his brand-new digital international touring organ. Designed by Carpenter himself, it combines the “American Classic” cathedral organ with its counterpart, the cinema organ, in a single instrument, thus keeping the best of the traditional pipe organ—its emotional magnitude, its sonic range, its coloristic drama—but liberating these from the organ’s immobility.

JANINE JANSEN, violin - February 9, 2015
An entire generation of dazzling women fiddlers has emerged in the past decade and among the foremost is Janine Jansen. She curates her own chamber music festival in Utrecht and her best-selling recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons was an iTunes Classical Essential in 2013. She visits McCarter for the first time, her debut program will include Sonatas by Prokofiev and Ravel, plus other works. The Times said it best: “Janine Jansen is a player that you follow wherever she leads.”

McCarter Theatre Center Located in beautiful historic Princeton , NJ , Tony Award-winning McCarter Theater Center is recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional theatre companies. The Center is home to two distinctive auditoriums, allowing McCarter to both present and produce a wide range of performances. From Theater, Classical Music and Jazz, to Dance, Pop, and World events, McCarter has it all.


The Matthews Theatre Auditorium

The magnificent 1100 seat Matthews Theatre , located in the main building, was recently renovated thanks to the generosity of Princeton University . The new handcrafted imported lighting fixtures, rich velvet covered seats, new carpeting, and a welcoming color scheme, maintain the original dignity and charm of the 75 year old house. The auditorium, which includes Premium Orchestra, Front and Rear Orchestra, Front and Rear Balcony, and Box/Grand Tier sections, has superb acoustics and sightlines from any seat and boasts state-of-the-art computerized sound and lighting systems. Some of the greatest performers in the world have graced this stage including such artists as James Stewart, George Balanchine, Lucille Ball, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., The Grateful Dead, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, and Luciano Pavarotti, just to name a few.


The Berlind Theatre Auditorium

This dynamic new contemporary 360-seat performance space, which opened for McCarter’s 2003-2004 season, was designed by award-winning architect Hugh Hardy. The auditorium features stepped stadium seating that allows excellent visibility of the stage from all seats for an intimate and unique theatrical experience. Rows are lettered A through Q, so every location is equivalent to sitting in the front orchestra in the Matthews theater, and are numbered in the same way as the Matthews. There are 4 entrances on two levels and two center aisles with handrails to ease the flow of patrons locating their seats. 


The Room in the Berlind

The Berlind Theatre also houses a large rehearsal hall that doubles as a 75-seat flexible performance space. New, experimental, and works in process are presented during the course of the season in this theater-within-a-theater. These readings and small productions are open to the general public free or at a nominal ticket price.

The lockwood and west lobbies

The Matthews Theatre has two beautiful and spacious lobbies that can accommodate groups wishing to host a fundraiser, reception, or celebration in conjunction with a theater performance. Please refer to the GROUP SERVICES section of the website for more details.

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McCarter is grateful for the support of our corporate impresarios.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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