“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.

An Historic Stage with a 21st Century Outlook

Our mission and values

Our mission is to present the very best of diverse performing and related arts and to serve as an active and vital art 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

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Here at The Music Hall, an American Treasure and historic landmark, it feels like history is being made every day inside and outside our doors. New partnerships and collaborations are formed, and artists step onto our stages for the first time. And as we move forward into the 2021-2022 season, we must pay homage to everything that came before us.

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