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Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

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Oriental Theatre is part of the Ford Center for the Performing Arts complex.

Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Year opened: 1998
Capacity: 2,253

Originally opened as a movie palace in 1926, the theater has undergone various incarnations, the most recent being its 1998 revamp into a Broadway theater, and sold to the Nederlander Group in 2007 as part of the revitalised Loop Theater District where it attracts the biggest touring Broadway shows to the city, and continues to attract money to the area.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Booking until Nov 29

  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    Opens Dec 01

  • If/Then

    Opens Feb 23, 2016

  • Matilda - The Musical

    Opens Mar 22, 2016

  • Newsies

    Opens Jul 28, 2016

Sherlock Holmes

Until November 29, 2015

Perhaps best known for his quirky choice of movie roles in the 1990s with turns in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Scream and Never Been Kissed, Hollywood actor David Arquette is set to take on the role of the greatest detective that ever graced the pages of a book, Sherlock Holmes. Indeed it may seem an atypical casting choice, given the recent resurgence of Holmes fever (we're looking at you Mr. Cumberbatch), but Arquette is ready to put his own spin on the legendary gentleman of mystery, wryly stating "Some may think I'm an odd choice," he said. "I am. I'm odd, but thankfully so is he."

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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December 1, 2015-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!


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July 28-August 7, 2016

The record-breaking, Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon that tells the story of an unlikely band of underdogs who take on the biggest names in publishing in an "inspirational" (The Hollywood Reporter) fight for justice, is touring the country!

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Feb 23-Mar 6, 2016

March '16

Feb 23-Mar 6, 2016

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Jul 28-Aug 7, 2016

August '16

Jul 28-Aug 7, 2016

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