Great Performances

Great Performances brings the best in the performing arts from across America and around the world to a US television audience. It presents a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES is made possible by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Irene Diamond Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Seton J. Melvin, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, the Lenore Hecht Foundation, The Abra Prentice Foundation, The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance, public television viewers, and PBS.

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Gloria: A Life


Experience a unique interpretation of Gloria Steinem’s life starring Christine Lahti.

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Enjoy a close look at Texas governor Ann Richards in this play starring Holland Taylor.

Twilight: Los Angeles


An encore of Anna Deavere Smith’s theatrical work about the 1992 L.A. riots.



Watch the entirety of Rupert Goold's film adaptation starring Sir Patrick Stewart.