Here are just a few of the top productions worth checking out in 2022 in San Francisco and the Bay Area! From big Broadway productions to intimate one-acts, there’s something for everyone this theater season.
Please follow our Things To Do section to learn what’s up and see the latest schedule updates. Here, you will find all the information you need on upcoming shows, what’s hot and happening in the theatre world right now, and about the theatre scene in San Francisco. So whether you’re a seasoned theatre pro or just getting started, you will find a list of what’s on in arts and culture. . Our calendar includes new productions of classic plays, as well as innovative and exciting new works. We hope you will find a production you like and enjoy an unforgettable evening at the theatre.
January 8, 2022
- Upright Citizens Brigade at Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco
January 9 – February 13, 2022
- Swept Away at Peet’s Theatre – Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley
January 11 – September 3, 2022
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Curran Theatre in San Francisco
January 12, 2022
- The Simon & Garfunkel Story at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San José
January 19 – February 13, 2022
- Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts in Mountain View
January 21, 2022
- The Minimalists – Love People Use Things Tour at August Hall in San Francisco
January 21-26, 2022
- Fran Lebowitz at Roda Theatre – Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley
January 21 – February 13, 2022
- Freestyle Love Supreme at A.C.T.’s Geary Theatre in San Francisco
January 22, 2022
- SF Sketchfest Presents: Yo, Is This Racist? at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco
January 22-23, 2022
- Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Touring) at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San José
January 27-28, 2022
- Cliff Cardinal’s Huff at Bing Studio in Stanford
January 29-30, 2022
- An Evening with an Immigrant at Bing Studio in Stanford
February 25-26, 2022
- Falling for Make Believe at Bing Studio in Stanford
March 2-5, 2022
- Urland Presents: Bedtime Stories at Frost Amphitheater in Stanford
March 2-27, 2022
- Sense and Sensibility at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto
March 12, 2022
- Letterkenny Live at The San José Civic in San José
- Ted Hearne and Saul Williams’ Place at Cal Performances in Berkeley
March 19 – May 8, 2022
- Goddess at Roda Theatre – Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley
March 24 – May 1, 2022
- Fefu and Her Friends at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in San Francisco
April 5 – May 1, 2022
- August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts in Mountain View
April 7-9, 2022
- Sea Sick at Bing Studio in Stanford
April 20 – May 22, 2022
- The Lehman Trilogy at A.C.T.’s Geary Theatre in San Francisco
April 20 – May 29, 2022
- Octet at Peet’s Theatre – Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley
April 23, 2022
- Angélique Kidjo’s Yemandja at Cal Performances in Berkeley
May 19, 2022
- Criminal at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco
May 20-22, 2022
- And So We Walked at Bing Studio in Stanford
June 1-26, 2022
- Ragtime at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts in Mountain View
June 17-25, 2022
- Hadestown: Musical by Anaïs Mitchell at Orpheum Theatre San Francisco in San Francisco
June 18-19, 2022
- Dear Evan Hansen (Touring) at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San José
June 29 – July 24, 2022
- Queen at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto
July 8 – August 14, 2022
- Sanctuary City at Peet’s Theatre – Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley
July 13 – August 7, 2022
- Nan and the Lower Body at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto
July 16-17, 2022
- Come From Away (Touring) at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San José
August 16 – September 11, 2022
- Oklahoma! at Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco
September 13 – October 9, 2022
- To Kill a Mockingbird at Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco
September 16 – October 16, 2022
- Soul Train at A.C.T.’s Geary Theatre in San Francisco
September 17 – October 7, 2022
- Moulin Rouge at Orpheum Theatre San Francisco in San Francisco
Best Theatrical Venues in San Francisco and the Bay Area
Encore Spotlight offers a curated list of theatrical venues and provides a concise, easy-to-read short description of theatrical performances, art events, concerts, shows, Broadway productions in San Francisco and the Bay Area. There are many types of theatrical venues, each with its own unique features and history.
A.C.T.’s Geary Theatre is one of the oldest and most prestigious theatres in the United States. Located in the heart of San Francisco, Geary Theatre has played a significant role in the city’s theatrical history for over a century. The theatre has been the site of many world premieres. This season don’t miss Freestyle Love Supreme, The Lehman Trilogy and Soul Train.
It is also the home of the A.C.T. School, which offers classes in acting, directing, and other theatrical disciplines.
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater is a San Francisco landmark that showcases the best in live theater and music. The Strand Theater is one of the venues for A.C.T. Theatre Company, and is the perfect place to see the latest productions, for example, Fefu and Her Friends, a play about a group of women who get together for a weekend of fun and relaxation, but their plans collapse very quickly. So come and see it. The Strand has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including a movie theater, a vaudeville theater, and a live theater.
August Hall is a live music and theater venue in the heart of San Francisco. Built from the ground up to be the perfect place for the performing arts events, August Hall features a state-of-the-art sound system and world-class lighting. The beautifully restored, century-old building is now the go-to spot for concerts, comedy shows, theatrical performances, corporate events, and more. Check out the August Hall calendar of events to see who’s performing at the venue.
Bing Studio in Stanford is an intimate theater and is a great place to see world-class theater productions. Its unique location in the heart of the city provides easy access to all the best restaurants and bars that Stanfrord has to offer. From theatrical hits to cutting-edge experimental theater, from family-friendly fare to thought-provoking dramas, the 2022 theatre season features a variety of shows for everyone. This year it presents many productions, including Cliff Cardinal’s Huff, An Evening with an Immigrant, Falling for Make Believe, Sea Sick and And So We Walked. You are sure to find a show to enjoy!
Cal Performances is Berkeley’s performing arts organization and one of the nation’s most highly respected and innovative theatre companies. The 2022 season includes a great deal of performances, ranging from classical music and dance to theater and world music. Cal Performances is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and this year it presents the best productions such as Ted Hearne and Saul Williams’ Place or Angélique Kidjo’s Yemandja.
Looking for a place to have a good time with the best artists in the Bay Area? Look no further than Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. This intimate venue has been a favorite of locals and tourists alike for over 30 years, and features an ever-changing lineup of talented comics. Whether you’re a seasoned comedy fan or just looking for a fun night out, Cobb’s is the perfect spot for a laugh. Cobb’s Comedy Club offers the best in stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. Come on down to Cobb’s Comedy Club and experience the funniest show in town!
Built in 1922, Curran Theatre is one of the oldest and most storied theatres in the country. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, it is one of the country’s leading venues for live performances, presenting an eclectic mix of music, dance, and theatre from around the world. Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when it comes to Curran Theatre in San Francisco this year. This epic two-part play brings the wizarding world of Harry Potter to life on stage, giving fans a chance to see the characters they know and love in a whole new light. Don’t miss your chance to see the newest chapter in the Harry Potter saga!
We are excited to highlight Frost Amphitheater in Stanford, one-of-a-kind outdoor performance venue in the Bay Area community, a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate up to 8,000 guests. It offers a unique and intimate setting for performances of all kinds. Today, Frost Amphitheater is still one of the most popular music venues in the Bay Area, with a schedule that features everything from rock to country to classical music. Don’t miss Urland Presents: Bedtime Stories, an immersive multimedia production at Frost Amphitheater
Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco is one of the city’s most famous historic theaters. The Golden Gate Theatre was originally built as a movie theater in 1922, and underwent a major renovation in the 1970s that restored it to its former glory. Today, it is a major performing arts center, hosting a wide variety of theater, music, and dance performances. The shows range from Broadway hits to experimental and cutting-edge performances, including world famous Oklahoma! and To Kill a Mockingbird. Come see what all the fuss is about and experience live performances at Golden Gate Theatre!
Lucie Stern Theatre is your source for the best in live entertainment in the Bay Area. The theatre offers a diverse selection of programming, from rock to classical music, from theatre to comedy, contemporary dance and more. This intimate venue is the perfect place to see your favorite artist or catch a new show and experience the arts. The 2022 season is packed with must-see performances, like Sense and Sensibility, Queen, and Nan and the Lower Body, so be sure to check out our calendar!
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (MVCPA) is a nonprofit arts organization located in the heart of downtown Mountain View, California. MVCPA offers a variety of high-quality arts programming, including music, dance, theater, and visual arts. And also it offers classes and workshops for students of all ages and experience levels. This season, see Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, and Ragtime.
Orpheum Theatre is a beautiful and historic San Francisco theater that offers an unforgettable experience for theater goers. This venue features a wide variety of shows, including drama, comedy, and musicals. The Orpheum Theatre calendar is packed with events and amazing shows that are sure to entertain everyone in your group, such as Hadestown and Moulin Rouge. This beautiful venue is the perfect place to enjoy a night out with friends or family.
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is a remarkable piece of architecture. The Palace was designed by Bernard Maybeck, who was inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. The Palace is now a popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. The building is stunning and it’s surrounded by a beautiful park with a lake. It is home to a theater, a gallery, and a cafe. Don’t miss a perfect opportunity to watch The Criminal production that will be presented this season.
Peet’s Theatre is one of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s venues, Bay Area’s leading theatre company. Backed by its history and strong community support, Berkeley Rep looks to the future with more public programs than ever, and a renewed commitment to making the arts available to everyone. The 2022 season features a diverse mix of classic and contemporary plays. The theatre company will present Swept Away, Octet and Sanctuary City. So come experience the magic of live theatre at Peet’s Theatre this season.
For many years Roda Theatre, another venue of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre company, has been dedicated to producing world-renowned theatre and providing arts education programs for all ages. It offers a season of diverse productions, from new works to classic dramas, comedies and plays. The theatre is also home to the Roda Theatre School, which offers classes in acting, singing, and dancing. From January to May, the theater presents a number of wonderful performances, including Fran Lebowitz, and Goddess.
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown San Jose, is the Bay Area’s premiere performing arts center. The Center hosts a wide variety of performances, including shows, concerts, theater, dance and family events. This season top productions include The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dear Evan Hansen, and Come From Away. The Center is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that is sure to please everyone.
The Sydney Goldstein Theater is a magnificent 1,687-seat theater and a world-class performing arts center located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The theater features superb acoustics and a magnificent stage that is perfect for performances of all kinds.
The San José Civic is a historic arena in the heart of downtown San José which now operates as a theatre. The San José Civic is the perfect place to see a show or a concert. The theater seats more than 3,000 guests. Don’t miss the theatrical production of Letterkenny Live and other concerts and shows in 2022.
The go-to guide for the latest and greatest in theatre and music events
San Francisco is a city known for its love of the arts, and there is always something new and exciting happening on stage. Whether you’re a fan of classic theater or prefer contemporary performances, see what’s playing this season. The Things to Do section on Encore Spotlight has a comprehensive list of all the shows that will be playing in 2022. The calendar of events in San Francisco and the Bay Area is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often to see the latest additions.
Encore Spotlight is your curated guide to all things arts and culture and your source for information on all the latest happenings in the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Here, you’ll find everything from theatre and concerts to art exhibitions and festivals. So whether you’re a San Francisco local or just visiting, be sure to check out what’s going on in the arts, music and culture scene! No matter what your interests are, you’ll find something to enjoy.