Resident Companies

The historic Zeiterion is home to three independent performing arts organizations: Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford Festival Theatre, and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

The building is owned by the City of New Bedford and is managed by the Zeiterion, which presents the majority of performances. The Zeiterion’s two Resident Companies — New Bedford Festival Theatre and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra — share our stage and produce world-class performances in their respective specialties.

Learn more about these remarkable companies below.

New Bedford Festival Theatre

Bringing the best of Broadway to the SouthCoast for more than 30 years!

Festival Theatre is a professional regional not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated to producing a varied selection of the best of musical theatre – from the classics to the contemporary. We engage the best local and national talent available, thus nurturing theatre artists. Responding to the diverse needs of the artistic community and the public, we serve as a cultural resource to enrich the community, the state, and the region. NBFT is the winner of the NETC Moss Hart Award as Best Theatrical Production in New England for Les Miserables, Hairspray, and Mary Poppins.

Visit New Bedford Festival Theatre at NBFestivalTheatre.com.

New Bedford Festival Theatre
New Bedford Festival Theatre
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NBFT 2023 Subscription

2023 Season Subscription

One price for The Wiz and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Friday
7:00 pm
April
28
Saturday
2:00 pm
May
6
Fri
7:00 pm
Apr
28
Sat
2:00 pm
May
6
New Bedford Festival Theatre
New Bedford Festival Theatre
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NBFT The Wiz

The Wiz

Eight Performances!

Thursday
7:00 pm
April
27
Saturday
2:00 pm
May
6
Thu
7:00 pm
Apr
27
Sat
2:00 pm
May
6
New Bedford Festival Theatre
New Bedford Festival Theatre
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NBFT Block Party

Block Party Bash! A Summer Celebration

Friday
10:00 pm
July
21
Fri
10:00 pm
Jul
21
New Bedford Festival Theatre
New Bedford Festival Theatre
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NBFT Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Eight Performances!

Friday
7:00 pm
July
21
Sunday
2:00 pm
July
30
Fri
7:00 pm
Jul
21
Sun
2:00 pm
Jul
30
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New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

With our enticing selection of classical and pops concerts, there’s a concert for every music lover.

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to the proposition that classical music can enrich and transform lives. That is why we are very pleased to offer you exciting, moving, and beautiful music. It is also why we remain committed to expanding the educational programs we offer to children in our region—last year more than 8,000 children benefited from our music programs! And finally, it is why we continue to build strong relationships with other music and cultural organizations in our region. We believe collaboration makes all organizations, and our community, stronger. Whether you are a first-time concertgoer or an NBSO regular, we welcome you to our community of music!

Visit the NBSO at www.nbsymphony.org.

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
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NBSO Gluzman Plays Beethoven

Gluzman Plays Beethoven

Saturday
7:30 pm
March
25
Sat
7:30 pm
Mar
25
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
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NBSO Mahler’s Farewell

Mahler's Farewell

Saturday
7:30 pm
April
8
Sat
7:30 pm
Apr
8
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
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NBSO 2022-23 Season

2022-23 Season

Subscriptions

Saturday
7:30 pm
October
1
Saturday
7:30 pm
May
20
Sat
7:30 pm
Oct
1
Sat
7:30 pm
May
20
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
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NBSO Korsantia Plays the “Emperor”

Korsantia Plays the “Emperor”

Saturday
7:30 pm
May
20
Sat
7:30 pm
May
20
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