The Wilbur Theatre was built in 1914 by the Shubert brothers who named it for their friend and theater manager, A.L. Wilbur.
The theater was designed by Clarence Blackhall and was the first Boston theater to draw its inspiration from American Colonial architecture. The Wilbur Theatre opened in 1915, but was revitalized in 2008 by former Comedy Connection owner Bill Blumenreich.
The theater is located off Route 93, Storrow Drive and the Mass. Pike. MAP
The Wilbur Theatre validates parking at the Archstone Garage at 660 Washington St. Wilbur Theatre patrons that enter the garage after 5 p.m. will get a $10 flat parking rate. The discount is only available if your parking ticket is stamped by someone at the Wilbur Theatre box office.
The Wilbur Theatre is also accessible by public transportation either by subway or by bus. The most convenient MBTA stop is the New England Medical stop on the Orange Line and Silver Line (bus), or the Boylston Street stop on the Green Line.
WHAT TO SEE
The Wilbur Theatre calls itself the “ultimate destination for comedy and music in Boston.”
Comedians such as Joel McHale, Jimmy Falon, Bill Maher, Gavin Degraq and Kris Kristofferson have all appeared on the Wilbur stage.
The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. On days when there is a show, the box office will open at 12 p.m. and remain open until one hour after the start of the show. On Sunday, the box office opens two hours prior to the start of the show and closes one hour after the show’s start.
You can also watch performances on their YouTube channel.
Want to test out your vocal chords, or just keep the laughs coming? Head down the street to Limelight Stage and Studios for a night of karaoke. If you don’t feel like singing, Limelight is still a fun place to have a few drinks and check out the local talent.
Before heading to the show, grab a bite to eat at Avila, located on Charles Street in Boston. From 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., for $38, you can eat a set three-course meal designed especially for theater-goers.
After Theater Drinks
After the show, head to Tantric India Bistro on Stuart Street for dinks after the show. Tantric has a long list of fun and unique drinks that will help cap off a fabulous evening in Boston. And if you’re feeling peckish, Tantric has a delicious – and inexpensive – late night menu.