Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty


What happened to Mr. Joy? One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Daniel Beaty returns to the Forbes Center to explore that question and others related to race and class in his explosive solo play, MR. JOY. This hilarious and heartwarming piece of theatre taps into the pulse of contemporary American culture. Adult content and language. More

The Second City

Fully Loaded


Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre, The Second City, brings to JMU its hysterical new show, Fully Loaded, which features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from its sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. For mature audiences. Contains sexual and adult content. Parental discretion advised.  More

Best known for her singing of the theme song in Disney PIXAR’s animated film, Brave, Julie Fowlis returns to the Forbes Center with new Celtic music and awards to her name. Touring with a first-class ensemble, Fowlis has developed a formidable line-up synonymous with expressive and high-energy live shows; she is one of Scotland’s true contemporary treasures. More



Based in England, Tenebrae is hailed as one of the world’s most outstanding vocal performance groups. Tenebrae creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection, where Medieval chant and Renaissance works are interspersed with contemporary compositions to create an ethereal mood of contemplation. More

Susanna Hamnett in Nearly Lear

A Mischievous Retelling of Shakespeare's Great Play

Directed by Edith Tankus


Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool - and every other character - in an original adaptation of the Shakespearean classic that is not only poignant and tragic, but also mischievous, tender and achingly funny. Nearly Lear incorporates exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to entrance both lovers of Shakespeare and newcomers to the Bard. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Ring in the holidays with a performance by the world-renowned Sonos Handbell Ensemble! At the forefront of handbell artistry, Sonos has moved handbells into the musical mainstream with show-stopping, sold-out performances to millions across the United States, Europe and Asia. More

Aquila Theatre

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


Legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes center stage in this witty, fast-paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. With actors drawn from top British and American stages, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride full of suspense and intrigue! More

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia


This puppet production by one of the most respected creators of family entertainment includes the wonderful story of the metamorphosis of The Very Hungry Caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of the travels of Little Cloud through the sky, and the discovery by the Mixed-Up Chameleon of his own unique nature. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Cory Band


Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert! More

Opera Gala

VIP Seating for the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars, and a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue


This exquisite evening features a cocktail dinner reception, a pre-performance dialogue about the Metropolitan Opera, and the 8 pm performance. More

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime evening with a performance by the Met Opera stars of the future! For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world. This concert features four singers performing popular arias, duets and ensembles by opera’s greatest composers. More

Moscow Festival Ballet

Swan Lake



MON-TUE, MAR 14-15

Experience one of the greatest classical ballets of all time: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Featuring a company of 50 leading dancers from across Russia, exquisite sets and resplendent costumes, this event is a must-see this season! More


A St. Patrick's Day Celebration


One of the leading ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danú returns to the Forbes Center for a high-energy St. Patrick Day celebration featuring a mix of ancient Irish music and fresh, new songs. JMU’s Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with Danú in this concert. More

Love That Dog

Theatergroep Kwatta

Based on the novel by Sharon Creech


Based in the Netherlands, the award-winning Theatergroep Kwatta is recognized for its lighthearted and inspirational productions, including Love That Dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog is brought to vivid life in a performance that uses visual effects, music and puppetry to show how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and above all, a dog. More

Jazz piano icon Chick Corea and unparalleled banjoist Béla Fleck, with a combined 37 Grammy Awards and 93 Grammy nominations, will share classic tunes and the music from their Grammy-winning album, The Enchantment. This casual, intimate evening will bring together two legends from different musical worlds for “one masterly, magical concert.” (Daytona Beach News-Journal) More

Time for Three


With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, Time for Three performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, playing world premieres, original compositions and their own arrangements, plus ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more. More


  • American Shakespeare Center Wins Forbes Center's 2016 Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award