A class trip to a McCarter Theatre Performance offers you and your students the opportunity to experience some of the finest theater in the nation.  

Each production is augmented by resource guides and post-show discussions specially designed to meet the requirements of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts. McCarter Theatre offerings are a wonderful tool for enhancing many areas of study, including Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies and World Languages. In-School Enhancement Programs are also available, at an additional cost, to enrich the performance experience.

PRICING: $15 student tickets, $20 Adult tickets.

McCarter encourages the attendance of one adult chaperone per twenty-five students.

Frequently Asked Questions for attendees 

Dates in red are SOLD OUT.

2016-2017 Season 


The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a locomotive full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold onto your passport—Adapted from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig and multi-award-winning director Emily Mann will take you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express!

March 30, 2017
Grades 8-12
Matthews Theatre


The year is 1905. A young, single African American seamstress is supporting herself by creating exquisite lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love she yearned for, but is nothing like she expected. Jade King Carroll (The Piano Lesson) returns to McCarter to direct this tender, exquisitely-written historical romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat). It is a deeply moving tale of one woman’s discovery of her own empowerment and the true meaning of intimacy.

May 17, 2017
Grades 9-12
Berlind Theatre

If you have any further questions regarding McCarter Student Matinees, please write to us at or call
(609) 258-6511 and leave a message with your name, contact information, and question.

McCarter Theatre is dedicated to ensuring that economically disadvantaged students have access to live theatre. To find out if your school is eligible for financial assistance for Arthur Lithgow Student Matinee Series tickets, please submit this survey along with your reservation request.

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