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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Much Ado About Nothing


The Public Theater's critically acclaimed production featuring Danielle Brooks as Beatrice

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Doubt from the Minnesota Opera


Watch an adaption of the hit film where suspicion comes to a head at a Catholic school.

Orphée et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago


Reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck’s enduringly popular opera based on the famous myth.

Sound of Music


Experience a fresh interpretation of the American musical theater classic.

In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams


This show chronicles the personal story of composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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.