We’ve Come Full Circle

“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – The Boston Globe

In 1878, The Music Hall opened its doors as a Vaudeville theater, bringing a fresh cultural vibrancy to the city of Portsmouth. Fast forward 140 years and The Music Hall—now with a second theater—has been pivotal in a revitalization of downtown into one of the most robust arts destinations in New England.

Here’s more about us: We are a vibrant cultural and community hub. We host over 130,000 patrons every year. Our passion is to inspire, educate, and connect audiences through the power of live performances and on-screen programming. We aim to ignite creativity, purpose, and a sense of community.

Since 1987 when The Friends of The Music Hall incorporated as a 501(c)3, the mission of The Music Hall is to present the very best of diverse performing and related arts at The Music Hall as an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community.

Our History

From 1878, when we first opened our doors as a Vaudeville theater, to our present incarnation as two robust arts venues.

Our Spaces

We have two theaters in downtown Portsmouth, NH. One is a 895-seat Victorian theater, the other a 120-seat modern space.

Our Team

Our team is made up of a committed group of arts professionals.

Our Board

Our Board of Trustees is comprised of a highly engaged group of community volunteers.

Work with Us

Whether you're looking for a career, to volunteer, internship opportunities, or part-time production crew, this is the place.

From Our Blog

Classic Hollywood: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

MGM produced great musicals like rabbits reproduce themselves: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Singin’ in the Rain, and An American in Paris. RKO cranked out hits starring Astaire & Rogers (Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance), which didn’t just showcase Fred and Ginger’s fancy footwork, but boasted standards by the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin.

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