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Wortham Theater Center

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501 Texas Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Wortham Theater Center | Photo courtesy of Theater District Houston

Since 1987, Wortham Theater Center has served as the resident venue of productions by Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. One of the go-to destinations in Downtown’s Theater District, Wortham consists of the 2,405-capacity Brown Theater and the 1,100-seat Cullen Theater. 

Performances at Wortham Theater Center are often on the cutting edge of stage production, incorporating digital effects, projections, and extravagant set design to offer contemporary twists on many of the world’s most beloved stories.

An annual holiday tradition, Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker remains one of the most popular events at Wortham Theater Center. In addition to stage productions, ballet, and opera, both theaters at the Wortham are known to host visiting comedians, musicians, and other special live engagements. 

The largest of the two theaters, Brown Theater consists of an orchestra level of seating, three tiers of boxes, a grand tier, and a balcony level—though no seat is ever further than 138 feet from the stage. The smaller Cullen Theater features an orchestra level and a mezzanine.

Pre-performance meals, snacks, and drinks are offered at Wortham Theater Center, and the surrounding area is ripe with more restaurants and bars for pre- and post-show gatherings. There is no strict dress code at performances and guests’ clothing will range from casual to formal, with a majority in suits or dresses. 

Parking & Getting There

Street parking is available in the surrounding area, though fills up quickly on performance nights. Several garages in the area also provide easy access to the theater, including the underground Theater District lot (entrances on Rusk and Capitol Streets) or the Alley Theatre garage across the street (entrances on Louisiana and Prairie Streets). MetroRail features a Green and Purple line station just outside the nearby Bayou Place.

When arriving for a performance, it’s recommended to show up at least a half hour ahead of time, as parking can be a slow-going challenge. Late arrivals will be seated during intermission, unless noted otherwise.

Justin Jerkins

Upcoming Events

May 2020
$37.50

Da Camera presents Anthracite Fields: Bang on a Can All-Stars & Houston Chamber Choir at Wortham Theater Center

Friday, May 8, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Da Camera presents Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields in the Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center. Anthracite Fields is a detailed oratorio, with an original video about turn-of-the-20th Century Pennsylvania coal miners, that was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. This haunting, timely work draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, children’s rhymes, and coal advertisements to provide an intimate look at a particular slice of American life. The always-adventurous Bang on a Can All-Stars join Da Camera’s frequent artistic collaborators…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World at Wortham Theater Center

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World, a program celebrating Houston, and the original works created here. The program features musical choreographer Mark Morris' "The Letter V", created for Houston Ballet in 2015; choreographer Aszure Barton’s "Angular Momentum", influenced by the city’s architecture; and a world premiere from Arthur Pita, who has previously created works for San Francisco Ballet and for The Royal Ballet of London. Showtimes Thursday, May 21, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday,…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World at Wortham Theater Center

Saturday, May 23, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World, a program celebrating Houston, and the original works created here. The program features musical choreographer Mark Morris' "The Letter V", created for Houston Ballet in 2015; choreographer Aszure Barton’s "Angular Momentum", influenced by the city’s architecture; and a world premiere from Arthur Pita, who has previously created works for San Francisco Ballet and for The Royal Ballet of London. Showtimes Thursday, May 21, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday,…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World at Wortham Theater Center

Sunday, May 24, 2020 | 2:00 pm
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Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World, a program celebrating Houston, and the original works created here. The program features musical choreographer Mark Morris' "The Letter V", created for Houston Ballet in 2015; choreographer Aszure Barton’s "Angular Momentum", influenced by the city’s architecture; and a world premiere from Arthur Pita, who has previously created works for San Francisco Ballet and for The Royal Ballet of London. Showtimes Thursday, May 21, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday,…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World at Wortham Theater Center

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World, a program celebrating Houston, and the original works created here. The program features musical choreographer Mark Morris' "The Letter V", created for Houston Ballet in 2015; choreographer Aszure Barton’s "Angular Momentum", influenced by the city’s architecture; and a world premiere from Arthur Pita, who has previously created works for San Francisco Ballet and for The Royal Ballet of London. Showtimes Thursday, May 21, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday,…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World at Wortham Theater Center

Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World, a program celebrating Houston, and the original works created here. The program features musical choreographer Mark Morris' "The Letter V", created for Houston Ballet in 2015; choreographer Aszure Barton’s "Angular Momentum", influenced by the city’s architecture; and a world premiere from Arthur Pita, who has previously created works for San Francisco Ballet and for The Royal Ballet of London. Showtimes Thursday, May 21, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday,…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World at Wortham Theater Center

Sunday, May 31, 2020 | 2:00 pm
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Houston Ballet presents From Houston to the World, a program celebrating Houston, and the original works created here. The program features musical choreographer Mark Morris' "The Letter V", created for Houston Ballet in 2015; choreographer Aszure Barton’s "Angular Momentum", influenced by the city’s architecture; and a world premiere from Arthur Pita, who has previously created works for San Francisco Ballet and for The Royal Ballet of London. Showtimes Thursday, May 21, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday,…

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June 2020
$25

Houston Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Wortham Theater Center

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet made its world premiere at Houston Ballet in 2015 and has since traveled as far as Australia. The production is imagined interpretation of the world’s most famous love story. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s ballet weaves the poignant tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. Showtimes Thursday, June 4, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 6, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday, June 7, 2019 | 2pm Friday, June 12, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 13, 2019 |…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Wortham Theater Center

Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet made its world premiere at Houston Ballet in 2015 and has since traveled as far as Australia. The production is imagined interpretation of the world’s most famous love story. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s ballet weaves the poignant tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. Showtimes Thursday, June 4, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 6, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday, June 7, 2019 | 2pm Friday, June 12, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 13, 2019 |…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Wortham Theater Center

Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 2:00 pm
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Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet made its world premiere at Houston Ballet in 2015 and has since traveled as far as Australia. The production is imagined interpretation of the world’s most famous love story. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s ballet weaves the poignant tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. Showtimes Thursday, June 4, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 6, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday, June 7, 2019 | 2pm Friday, June 12, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 13, 2019 |…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Wortham Theater Center

Friday, June 12, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Friday and Saturday that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Sunday, June 14, 2020,
and An event every 1 week(s) on Sunday that begins at 2020-06-12 02:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2020-06-12 7:30

Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet made its world premiere at Houston Ballet in 2015 and has since traveled as far as Australia. The production is imagined interpretation of the world’s most famous love story. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s ballet weaves the poignant tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. Showtimes Thursday, June 4, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 6, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday, June 7, 2019 | 2pm Friday, June 12, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 13, 2019 |…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Wortham Theater Center

Saturday, June 13, 2020 | 7:30 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Friday and Saturday that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Sunday, June 14, 2020,
and An event every 1 week(s) on Sunday that begins at 2020-06-13 02:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2020-06-13 7:30

Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet made its world premiere at Houston Ballet in 2015 and has since traveled as far as Australia. The production is imagined interpretation of the world’s most famous love story. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s ballet weaves the poignant tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. Showtimes Thursday, June 4, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 6, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday, June 7, 2019 | 2pm Friday, June 12, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 13, 2019 |…

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$25

Houston Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Wortham Theater Center

Sunday, June 14, 2020 | 2:00 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Friday and Saturday that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Sunday, June 14, 2020,
and An event every 1 week(s) on Sunday that begins at 2020-06-14 02:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2020-06-14 2:00

Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet made its world premiere at Houston Ballet in 2015 and has since traveled as far as Australia. The production is imagined interpretation of the world’s most famous love story. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s ballet weaves the poignant tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. Showtimes Thursday, June 4, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 6, 2019 | 7:30pm Sunday, June 7, 2019 | 2pm Friday, June 12, 2019 | 7:30pm Saturday, June 13, 2019 |…

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