Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company brings a scaled-down, traditionally staged version of one of The Bard’s greatest works, with Joseph Marcell of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in the lead role.
Sept. 24-27, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900, www.annenbergcenter.org
Lantern Theater Company opens its season with Tom Stoppard’s landmark play tracing the connections between events unfolding two centuries apart.
Sept. 25-Nov. 2, St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets, 215-829-0395, www.lantern
‘The Barber of Seville’
Opera Philadelphia opens its 40th anniversary season with Rossini’s familiar comic masterpiece, in a new production inspired by the films of irreverent Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
Sept. 26-Oct. 5, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., 215-893-1018, www.operaphila.org
‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’
The Wilma opens its season with Gina Gionfriddo’s play, juxtaposing feminist ideas with human realities via the story of a reunion of old friends.
Oct. 8-Nov. 2, Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824, www.wilmatheater.org
Philadelphia Theatre Company begins its 40th anniversary season with playwright Lisa D’Amour’s Pulitzer finalist about the personal impacts of the beleaguered metropolis’ economic misfortunes.
Oct. 10-Nov. 9, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, 215-985-0420, www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
‘The Syringa Tree’
Theatre Horizon opens its 10th anniversary season with Pamela Gien’s South Africa-set play tracing the legacy of apartheid through the generations.
Oct. 16-Nov. 9, Theatre Horizon, 401 Dekalb St., Norristown, 610-283-2230,
‘Death of a Salesman’
This season, EgoPo is celebrating three “American giants,” beginning with Arthur Miller’s iconic story tracing the downfall of the American Dream. The series continues in 2015 with Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill.
Oct. 22-Nov. 9, Latvian Society Theater, 531 N. Seventh St., 267-273-1414, www.egopo.org
Luna Theater Company kicks off its “Season of Seduction” with Doug Wright’s dark comedy
about the Marquis de Sade’s days in the Charenton Insane Asylum.
Oct. 25-Nov. 15, Luna Theater, 620 S. 8th St., 215-704-0033, www.lunatheater.org
The Arden brings Dickens’ classic novel to the stage with six actors playing more than 40 characters.
Oct. 23-Dec. 14, Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., 215-922-1122, www.ardentheatre.org
Politically focused InterAct Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Christopher Chen’s new play about a Chinese artist whose story of imprisonment may not be entirely true.
Oct. 24-Nov. 16, The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., 215-568-8079, www.interacttheatre.org
‘The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence’
Madeleine George’s 2014 Pulitzer finalist, following Watsons through time from Sherlock Holmes to Alexander Graham Bell to the “Jeopardy!” champion computer to a modern IT guy, opens Azuka Theatre’s season.
Nov. 5-23, Azuka Theatre,1636 Sansom St., 215-563-1100, www.azukatheatre.org
The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective teams with Drexel’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project to present Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic tragedy of matrimony and vengeance.
Nov. 6-23, Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut streets, www.philartistscollective.org
‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’
John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and T-Bone Burnett joined forces to create this Southern Gothic musical about a family with a fatal legacy of sibling rivalry.
Nov. 13, Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999,www.kimmelcenter.org
The legendary Swiss troupe returns with a holiday season performance of its trademark visual whimsy.
Dec. 11-14, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900, www.annenbergcenter.org.