History

History

The story of the Waterfront Playhouse begins in 1939 when the original producing organization, the Key West Players, banded together. Including both locals and Navy personnel, The Players began putting on theatrical productions in whatever space they could find, including the U.S.S. Gilmore which was stationed in Key West right after WW II.

In 1960, with the help of Key West Player Tennessee Williams, The Players eventually found a permanent home at The Waterfront Playhouse, a crumbling ice warehouse that had been built in the 1880’s and was situated in historic Mallory Square. The warehouse was totally renovated and transformed into The Waterfront Playhouse (the term by which The Key West Players is most widely known today).

In the years since, major improvements have been supported by the generosity of many donors and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. In the past few years, we have made several major technical and structural upgrades – including a completely new HVAC system, new lighting, new sound, new electrical systems, a state-of-the-art assisted listening system, a new roof, a new lobby and a new stage. Further improvements are on the way.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support!

LATEST NEWS The latest happenings at The Waterfront Playhouse.

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Waterfront Playhouse Announces New Artistic Director

The Waterfront Playhouse (aka Key West Players, Inc.) announces the appointment of Tom Thayer as its new Artistic Director, effective July 1, 2018. Current Managing Artistic Director, Danny Weathers will be retiring from the position as of [...]

“1776” Showcases Some of Key West’s Finest Talent (KonkLife Review)

By Joanna Brady I doubt many other towns in the U.S. the size of Key West have the talent available to stage  [...]

Not Demi-Gods, But Men (Keys Weekly Review)

“1776” Makes Politics Entertaining By Hays Blinckmann As the saying goes, history really does repe [...]