Subscribe to the 2018-2019 Masterpiece Season at the Forbes Center

FLEX IT! Pick 4 or more shows and save!

Current Subscribers have seating priority and can order now through June 25th by phone at (540) 568-7000 or in-person at the box office. On June 26th, the season will be available online for sales at We reserve a limited amount of prime seats for our Subscribers after that date, but early purchases are recommended. 

Plus...Subscribers enjoy these exclusive benefits:

  • The Best Seats
  • Savings up to 20% off single ticket prices all year long.
  • Priority Seating before the general public.
  • Free Ticket Exchanges - Subscribers can exchange tickets for another performance of the same show. Exchanges are subject to ticket availability; one business day in advance is required. Post-dated exchanges are not accepted.
  • Free Parking just steps away from the Forbes Center.
  • Personalized Service
  • Online Ticketing - Purchase tickets to performances 24/7 at

Spectacular Performances in a 5-Star Setting

With five state-of-the-art venues, the Forbes Center at James Madison University is the destination for world-class theatre, dance, and music entertainment! Audiences of all ages come together to enjoy performances from internationally recognized professional artists, renowned faculty members, and emerging young talent from JMU’s School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance. In a spirit of collaboration and creativity, the Forbes Center is committed to hosting performances and fostering programs that encourage dialogue about the intersection between society and the arts and that celebrate multicultural and community engagement and arts education in the broader Shenandoah Valley and beyond.

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts comprises the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance and the Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance, and houses five performance venues: the Mainstage Theatre (450 seats), the Concert Hall (600 seats), the Recital Hall (196 seats), the Studio Theatre (200 seats), and the Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre (200 seats). It also includes classroom, rehearsal, and office facilities.


  • Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presents Me...Jane, a musical based on the true story of chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall

  • Kyle Abraham's company, A.I.M, brings its "lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers" to the Forbes Center for the first time!

  • Jeremy Denk is "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs" (The New York Times).

  • Staunton dance devotee Pamela McCray wins 2018 Circle of Excellence Award

Call to Buy

Back to Top