1201 North Royal Street


Founded in 1984 as American Showcase Theatre Company, Inc., MetroStage is the oldest professional theatre in Northern Virginia. From its inception until 1996, MetroStage operated out of a series of converted storefronts on Duke Street, until redevelopment in the area required their demolition. MetroStage re-opened in its new theatre at 1201 North Royal Street in north Old Town Alexandria in July 2001. The theatre’s opening came about through Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin’s commitment to finding a new home for the theatre, which required a major $450,000 fundraising effort. Today, MetroStage is once again a significant member of the Washington theatre community, drawing its audiences from the Washington metropolitan area and beyond.

MetroStage’s new theatre is a converted lumber warehouse, the former home of Alexandria’s Smoot Lumber Company. Board member and architect Skip Maginniss converted the 35-year-old, 4000 square foot building into a modern, 130-seat theatre with a stunning glass entrance and a floating staircase leading to theatre offices. The 30-foot high warehouse offers an interior volume that lends an expansive, dramatic feel to the space. Yet to maintain the intimate theatre environment for which MetroStage has become recognized, seats on risers wrapping around a “thrust” stage keep the audience in close proximity to the actors. The location offers on-site and street parking and is convenient to many local restaurants and shops for before- or after-theatre enjoyment


Deb Filler

Friday, April 13, 2018
Love being at MetroStage. Interesting corner of the world for D.C. Residents, Virginia residents and smart theatre goers.

Joseph Santanello

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
reallyca,great play to put you inn the mood for Christmas. small but cozy and warm. including g the actors

linda falkerson

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
"Are you now or have you ever been.." is a reminder gov't efforts to quell free speech can destroy lives and our founding principles. Excellent play, flows like a poem set against the blues.

Philip DeCosse

Monday, June 5, 2017
Saw an excellent cabaret show tonight. Wonderful. Intimate theater. Excellent sound.

Justin dilorenzo

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Intimate, "Woke," and at the creative fingertips of one of the most incredible people, Producing Artistic Director, Carolyn Griffin. Endless great reviews available, and my first hand experiences have never left me anything less than marveling at the talents of the actors to take you into the story.