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Boston Phoenix Best of Boston 2010      Theatre@First is an all-volunteer community theatre based in Somerville, MA. Founded in 2003, we fill a vital niche in the vibrant Davis Square arts scene. We draw upon the talents and support of individuals and organizations throughout the community to provide opportunities for our participants and audiences to experience quality live theatre in a variety of local venues. For more about our recent history, see our In the Press page.
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Current Show

Agatha Christie's 'The Mousetrap

Special news bulletin: a grisly murder has taken place in London; suspect still at large. A young couple ready to start their new lives as host/hostess of Monkswell Manor guest house are warned by police that the murderer is heading their way. With their new guests arriving, a snow storm trapping them inside, and an enterprising detective on skis, the hunt is on to uncover who the murderer is before they have a chance to strike again

Performances: February 27 – March 7, 2015




Bare Bones

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First

Auditions for the next round of Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First will be held on Monday, February 16, 2015.

Like a Loss: At last meet Colonel Reginald Prescott Hawking, the storied late husband of the hero of the Mrs. Hawking series, and get a glimpse into the nature of their strange and tragic marriage.

The Wheel: A woman from 19th century Spain helps a little girl search for her father in war-torn Europe. They travel across the countryside, (and through the history of modern warfare) encountering all the sinister, pathetic and desperate people that war creates.

Performance: Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Call for Plays! Festival@First 8: Fractured Fairy Tales

Festival@First 8: Fractured Fairy Tales

Theatre@First seeks 10-minute plays for a short play festival with the theme of "Fractured Fairy Tales," to be presented in Somerville in summer 2015. Plays may be new or previously produced, and local playwrights are particularly encouraged to submit. Please visit the Festival@First 8 Call for Plays page for more information!

Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2015, with notification of intent to submit no later than March 1

Performances: July 31-August 8, 2015



Upcoming Show

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Theater@First is proud to present Francis Beaumont's comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle. This almost forgotten Elizabethan gem combines the best of Shakespearean-style farce with a modern, meta flavor. Recently performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London!

Performances: April 23–May 2





Recent Press

Somerville, MA condos for saleTheatre@First was recently featured on, a top site for Somerville, MA real estate. Read more at "All-Volunteer Theatre Enriches Somerville Arts Scene."


Theatre@First Merchandise

Love our shows? Want to take the memories home? You can visit the merchandise table at every Theatre@First show for a selection of T-shirts, copies of the Never After video and other fun favors. You can also purchase the custom script for the 2010 revival of The Margaret Ghost online at


Our Mission

The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theater experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. We welcome volunteers at all levels of experience, without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age or disability. We encourage a supportive environment in which to work, play, grow, and explore new areas of the theatre arts. We offer affordable and eclectic performances to the community, aiming to surprise, delight, entertain, and educate our audiences.

Theatre@First is part of the Massachusetts Community Theatre Corporation, a non-profit arts organization recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)3.

Please visit our Subscription/Contribution page for more information about donating to Theatre@First. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Thank you.