The Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) has a long history and mission equally focused on providing top quality theatre and training the next generation of great artists. East Tennessee’s professional regional theatre, the CBT is one of only 12 academic LORT (League of Resident Theatres) institutions in the nation.
The 2018/2019 Season includes a marvelous collaboration with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, a Margaret Atwood drama, David Sedaris comedy, new history play…and more!
Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE
“This is the best of all possible worlds.”
Searching throughout the Old and New World for his beloved Cunegonde, Candide’s philosophy of Optimism is challenged by catastrophe after catastrophe.
Bernstein’s brilliant and beautiful score deepens Voltaire’s great satire with contributions from the greatest lyricists of the 20th century.
“Based on a true story…”
Ontario, Canada in 1859. Serving a life sentence for murders committed fifteen years ago, Grace Marks says she has no memory of the killings. A doctor investigating psychological trauma in amnesiacs tries to unlock the details and truth from Grace’s memory, but the path is painful and shocking. Is Grace an innocent victim? Is she mad? Or is she a scheming murderess?
THE SANTALAND DIARIES
“I laughed ‘til I cried.”
Meet Crumpet, the quintessential elf-gone-bad, as he relives a series of less-than-merry adventures as one of Santa’s helpers during the Macy’s Christmas shopping rush. A gut-busting take on how the holiday season brings out the best — and the worst — in all of us.
“We love this production.”
There’s a reason we perform this tale every year. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, the story still proves to be the spirit of the season. Relive Scrooge’s ghost-guided look into his past, present and future, and his journey of redemption. A yearly tradition to treasure with family and friends.
KING CHARLES III
“The most insightful and engrossing new history play in decades” ~ The New York Times
Queen Elizabeth II has died. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles is finally King. How will he reign? And what do his children think about his ascension to the throne? Written like a Shakespearean history, this Broadway and London hit explores the potential rivalries of the Royal Family, the unwritten rules governing Britain’s monarchy, and the contemporary stresses on its democracy.
“Mind blowing!” ~ The Huffington Post
Summer, 1967. When the 12th Street riots erupt after a raid on an unlicensed after-hours bar, the fate of the once booming blue collar town takes a turn for the worse on five young Detroiters.
Set to a Motown beat, this Edward M. Kennedy Drama Prize winner explores an explosive and decisive moment in an American city.
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND
“Stoppard mines murder mystery conventions and strikes gold.”
~ Independent on Sunday
Attending the premiere of a new murder mystery, two feuding theatre critics soon find themselves inside the play-within-a-play and implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.
A group of corrupt oil men want to drill right under the streets of Paris. But Countess Aurelia and her band of eccentric followers are having none of it!
A treasure of French poetic satire since its premiere in 1945, the characters, the absurdities, and the political commentary seem just as relevant today.
Starring Carol Mayo Jenkins