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History

The Footlight Club, through its long history, has held to high standards of creative
excellence, working to provide high quality amateur entertainment at affordable prices
by using the talents and creative energies of the people in its community. The Footlight Club is a training ground for theater professionals from throughout eastern Massachusetts. Generations of families, neighbors, and friends participate, attend, learn from, and enjoy the Club's welcoming atmosphere and solid productions. Although an amateur theater, our productions are never amateurish.


While the Footlight Club's members never aspired to attain professional recognition, the Club has been an innovative force in the Boston Theater scene for many years. Between 1929 and 1939, the Footlight Club presented 15 Boston theatrical premieres, three of which were American premieres as well. What we do in Eliot Hall is exciting, rewarding, and creative. Young and old alike continue to discover The Footlight Club and make it an exciting place to practice theater.


We provide opportunities for members who range in age from children to seniors to work as a team to produce vibrant, quality theater. Serious, accomplished performers combine with creative, experienced directors and producers. Supported by devoted and capable back stage help, they turn Eliot Hall into The Footlight Club on show nights, and all the wonder and magic that is theater is born. What we do in that building is exciting, rewarding, and creative.

In addition to its full season of plays and musicals, The Footlight Club is committed to preserving Eliot Hall, this a resource which is so much a part of its community. The Hall, is undergoing a long-term renovation as its members and friends in the community return it to its former magnificence. To read more about Eliot Hall, ...

The Footlight Club's Historical Program Collection

The Footlight Club's historian, Paul Campbell, joined forces with The Boston Public Library to gather an amazing collection of historic Footlight programs going back to the 1800's and make them accessible online! Scanned in high-resolution images and searchable, this wonderful archive is available free of charge at BPL Footlight Club Program Archive. Stop by and check it out!