The venerable Red Barn Theatre Key West originated as an 1829 carriage house first adopted by the Key West Community Players during the 1940’s. When the Players moved to the Mallory Square Waterfront Playhouse after World War II, the theatre was empty until it was revived as a puppet theatre and concert piano hall during the 1960’s and 70’s.
The theatre was officially named in 1980, when it was renovated by a group of enthusiasts incorporated as the Red Barn Actors Studio. Activist theatre lovers in the community and beyond kept the Red Barn Theatre Key West growing, and in 2002, the building was expanded with the addition of permanent rehearsal space, a scenery shop, a box office, costume storage, dressing rooms, and restrooms. The redesigned Red Barn Theatre Key West has since won numerous awards for historic preservation and excellence of construction.
Red Barn Theatre Key West is a Key West cultural mainstay with a national reputation, and many well-known celebrities and talented people have been part of its history. When you see a play at the Red Barn Theatre Key West during your Key West visit, you will enjoy an excellent evening of theatre while joining a long and distinguished line of theatre-goers in support of island arts and culture.