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TheatreFEST 2023

Dr. Watson, Dr. Evans and the three Sherlock Holmes in opening night production of Holmes and Watson by Jeffrey Hatcher.

Raleigh’s Hub For Summer Theatre

Happening June 1-18, TheatreFEST 2023 is Raleigh’s hub for summer theatre. Connecting theatre-makers, companies, educators, and patrons alike — all in the celebration and advancement of live theatre.

With a varied script of theatrically-centered experiences on tap, TheatreFEST has something for everyone!

June 1-4, 8-11

Sherlock Holmes is dead. Or so it is assumed. The world knows the great detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. But as Holmes’ body was never retrieved, it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove the charlatans. When a telegram arrives with tales of three men claiming to be the fallen hero, Watson must journey to a remote asylum off the coast of Scotland to discover if one of the mad men is the real Sherlock Holmes in this intriguing mystery-thriller.

June 5

Sips & Scripts supports, promotes, and produces plays by North Carolina playwrights through readings and resources, with a vision to bring forth their best original works.

Presented in partnership with TheatreFEST ’23.

June 8-11, 15-18

“a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical”. A sincere and sincerely funny examination of the struggles of writing, collaborating, and working with friends and strangers to make something ‘original’!

June 10


University Theatre pulls back the curtains once more for our free, kid-friendly, casual open house inviting the greater community inside to go behind the scenes, meet who makes theatre and learn about the magic of live performance.

TheatreFESTival logo with rainbow backgournd

June 17

QuickSCRIPTS — a night of four 10-minute plays, written, cast, and produced in 72 hours. 

June 21 – July 1

Creating, producing, promoting extraordinary theatre by women and artists of all underrepresented genders with the ultimate goal of achieving 100% parity in the U.S. theatre industry. Two-week residency held in Frank Thompson Hall.

Produced by The National Women’s Theatre Festival in partnership with TheatreFEST 23.

The National Women's Theatre Festival's logo promoting their 2023 festival being held at University Theatre. This link takes you to the Women's Theatre Festival's web site.


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Funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

Past Experiences

June 2-3

Join us for the second workshop performance of Honest Pint’s original musical! Script by Tamara Kissane; Music and lyrics by Matthew Hager.

Produced by Honest Pint Theatre Company in partnership with TheatreFEST ’23.