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The Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP): An Incredible Theatre Experience in Albany, NY

When in or around the Albany area, check out the Capital Repertory Theatre, known as theREP, for incredible shows featuring cast, crew, and audiences from every background. Whether you are a born theatre geek or just interested in seeing a high-quality performance for a night out, theREP is a must-visit venue.

brick building with a sign on the front and red doors
Photo Courtesy of theREP

An Intimate Venue Featuring Cast, Crew, and Audiences From All Backgrounds

This artistic gem situated on Pearl Street has quite an interesting backstory. The theatre was established in 1981 after a group of Albany business, civic, and community leaders came together to transform an abandoned supermarket into theREP. Soon after, it became Albany’s first professional resident theatre.

In addition to being a professional theatre company, theREP is the only member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) in the Upper Hudson-Mohawk Valley region. LORT is an esteemed organization that promotes the positive impact of theatres in communities nationwide. Members of LORT strive to provide as many people as possible with quality performances right in their backyard.

In 2018, the highly acclaimed, award-winning theatre announced that it would move to a different location, just down the street at 251 N. Pearl Street. The newly renovated space opened in March 2021 and now includes a 302-seat intimate theatre, a VIP lounge, a costume shop, private dressing rooms, and more. theREP is in the heart of Albany with local shops, eateries, and lodging close by.

small theater with stage and chairs
Photo Courtesy of theREP

Find Places to Stay Nearby

Stay at one of these nearby hotels to be in the thick of all the restaurants and attractions that Albany has to offer.

Overlooking Lincoln Park is TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown/Medical Center. Their comfortable rooms include a fully equipped kitchenette with sitting and sleeping areas plus ample workspace should you require it—ideal for anyone needing an extended stay in the Capital Region!

A short drive away is The Morgan State House, known as the ultimate urban inn. The newly-restored 1884 New York-style mansion offers impeccable professional service in a secure, comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy the views of Washington Park or the inn’s garden from your room, and get an ultimate night’s rest on their heavenly feather mattresses.

Traveling with your pup? The Desmond Hotel is pet-friendly and offers award-winning accommodations and top-notch amenities. Relaxation awaits you with modern guest rooms and suites, including optional balconies overlooking their unique indoor courtyards. The hotel is minutes from downtown Albany, in the Wolf Road business district, with plenty of shopping and dining options.

Experience Incredible Dining Close to the Venue

Enjoy delicious cuisine at some of Albany’s best restaurants before catching a show at theREP. Check out our top picks, all a short distance from the theatre.

Grab a bite at El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant before heading to theREP for a show. This spot has been serving up traditional and delicious Mexican-Spanish cuisine for over 14 years in the Capital Region! Look forward to an authentic taste of Mexico's vibrant flavors with recipes handed down from one generation to another. This gem also offers over 80 Tequila selections, housemade Sangria, and tasty house margaritas.

A short walk away from theREP is Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen, a new neighborhood favorite spot. The restaurant is perfect for craft beers and casual dining featuring delicious food made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Sit outside on their seasonal patio area, or head inside for a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy their wide range of fare.

Visit Risotto to experience the extraordinary fusion of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Their talented chefs use only fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients for signature dishes while rotating specials keep things exciting! Stop in for a romantic night out for a flavorful meal with delicious cocktails & desserts and all the ambiance one could ask for before the show.

More Resources for theREP

Box Office: 518.346.6204


Location: 251 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207

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