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Also known as the Oriental Theatre (its original name), The Ford Center has seen legendary performers, including The Three Stooges and Judy Garland, take to its stage. When the theatre's doors opened in 1926, it took the form of a grand movie palace with exotic architecture inspired by India. Although it is no longer a luxurious cinema, the center has thrived as a live performance venue, hosting the finest Broadway productions. A night out at the Ford Centre is just as glamorous an affair as it was in the theatre's early days as its vintage grandeur has been lovingly restored and maintained.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    Booking until Feb 21

  • If/Then

    Opens Feb 23

  • Matilda - The Musical

    Opens Mar 22

  • The SpongeBob Musical

    Opens Jun 07

  • Fun Home

    Opens Nov 02

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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Until February 21, 2016

Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful is the feel good hit of 2014, scoring two 2014 Tony Awards. Described by The New York Times as 'A complex, revitalizing portrait of the real, conflicted person within the reluctant star', we learn about King's inspiring, but rocky road to the icon she is today.


February 23-March 6, 2016

A new musical about the different paths our life can take, If/Then embarks on its first national tour. Written by the Pulitzer Prize winning duo of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the show launched on Broadway in 2014, and garnered two Tony nominations.

Matilda - The Musical

March 22-April 10, 2016

Matilda is a story about dreaming big, even though you may just be little. This hit musical is based on Roald Dahl's much-loved book of the same name, which tells the tale of an extraordinary child with hideous parents and an even more horrible headmistress. The production is given the musical treatment by the combined talents of Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company - a winning combination earning it four awards at the 2013 Tonys!

The SpongeBob Musical

June 7-July 3, 2016

Join SpongeBob Squarepants in his first ever stage musical, featuring all of the iconic characters from Nickelodeon's smash hit animation. This Broadway-bound musical boasts original music from numerous rock and pop greats, including David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and The Flaming Lips.

Fun Home

November 2-13, 2016

A wildly inventive collage of childhood memories and family dysfunctions, Fun Home was acclaimed as Broadway's most original show in years. Based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, this emotionally adept musical traces the relationship between a daughter and her overbearing father. It was nominated for an astounding twelve Tony Awards, and won five, including Best Musical.

February '16

Feb 23-Mar 6, 2016

March '16

Feb 23-Mar 6, 2016

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Nov 2-13, 2016

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