For more than 150 years, The Grand Opera House has been delighting the citizens of Wilmington, Delaware, and the greater Brandywine region with the finest live entertainment the country and the world have to offer. In 2015, we assumed operation of The Playhouse on Rodney Square (formerly the DuPont Theatre), adding the best of touring Broadway to our roster. With more than 120 performances a year, our three venues offer the very best entertainment options, something to please every taste. The Grand and Playhouse are more than just the wonderful shows on stage. We provide a wide variety of community engagement programs for children, adults, and adults in the region.
As a non-profit organization that presents the best music, comedy, and dance, The Grand is accountable to you and many others who treasure the organization and its three live performance venues – Copeland Hall, the baby grand, and The Playhouse on Rodney Square – as a center for the arts, and a provider of community education programs. You and the others who love The Grand are “the owners,” and the key to a stronger, more vital Grand is many owners doing their part to maintain this valuable community asset. By joining others who make a gift to The Grand this year, you’ll be doing your part to help preserve these beautiful and intimate facilities for all to enjoy.
You may be aware that The Grand does much more than create great performances in two beautiful, historic theater settings. It also provides education programs such as the Stages of Discovery school matinee series, Summer Explorers for children, and community programming such as Summer in the Parks, social dances, and monthly Art Loop exhibits in the Grand Galleries. Altogether, The Grand introduces meaningful arts experiences to over 35,000 children and families – the next generation of Grand patrons. It also partners with many community organizations to stage more than 400 events annually.
Where the Money GOES
- 25% Keeping the shows you love on our stages
- 21% Preserving and maintaining our historic theaters
- 16% Serving our community with arts education and outreach programs
- 15% Providing the best possible communication and service to our loyal customers
- 15% Ensuring sound financial management and overall stewardship of this community asset
- 8% Fundraising to make all this important work possible