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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Major series funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Jody and John Arnhold, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Abra Prentice Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, The Starr Foundation, the Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Ruth and Harold Newman, the Merle and Shirley Harris Fund, The Lewis "Sonny" Turner Fund for Dance, Lorraine A. Egan and Richard T. Egan, public television viewers and PBS.

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Romeo & Juliet


In defiance of their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together.

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Beethoven in Beijing


Experience the impact of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic 1973 trip to China.

Twilight: Los Angeles


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

Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro


Mark Morris’s signature work set to Handel and Milton is on television for the first time.



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