Kentucky’s award-winning Market House Theatre recently announced their 55th season. It’s got something for everyone – from an original play by Michael Cochran to hilarious comedies such as Calendar Girls. iLoveTheArts in our little gem of downtown Paducah.

September 6 - 23, 2018 

Mamma Mia! by Catherine Johnson.

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A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

November 8 - 18, 2018

The winner of the AACT National New PlayFest 2018: Eternity written by Michael Cochran.

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And you think your job is tough - try being a Grim Reaper! Abe may not look like the traditional dark hooded figure with a scythe but escorting dead people to the afterlife is his job just the same.

So, can you blame Abe for delaying an “appointment” to treat himself to an ice cream sandwich? Would it kill anyone? Well, actually, it might… since this changes the course of events for a young couple, a hotel detective, and a casino cocktail waitress. But what can’t be fixed in a Las Vegas wedding chapel complete with Elvis impersonator – and a few ghosts? It’s to die for!

January 17 - 27, 2019

Sweat by Lynn Nottage, playwright of Intimate Apparel, produced by MHT 2 years ago. 

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Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize* This play contains R Rated Language similar to the Mountaintop which was produced this season. 

April 18 - 28, 2019

Calendar Girls by Tim Firth. 

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When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new couch in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute (WI) members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar - with a little help from a hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence.

The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship are put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history. Based on a true story.

May 30 - June 17, 2019

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Robert Freedman

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 season.

When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the second Earl of Highhurst? And what of love?

Because murder isn't the only thing Monty's mind.... A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. This is a truly original and fresh new comedy that will delight audiences and leave them begging for more.

Season tickets are on sale now so visit markethousetheatre.org, or call the MHT box office at 270.444.6828 for more information. Want to be part of the fun? Most casting is done through open auditions - stay tuned to iListwesternkentucky.com to see the dates as they are posted.