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, see our Press page.

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What's On

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Current Show

The Revenger's Tragedy

The Revenger's Tragedy, a cynical and satirical twist on the classic revenge tragedy, dates back to the Jacobean era. Don't be fooled by it's age: Thomas Middleton's work isn't the stuffy, stale drama you might expect. After all, murder and betrayal are themes that transcend the passage of so much time. Set it in a 1940s failing circus, as Mary Parker has done, and Revenger's enhances the performative nature of revenge--in gruesome, violent detail. The tale evolves from the long-standing relationships of a circus troupe, whose long-simmering resentments will finally boil over. Inside this tent, the heroes and villains become nearly indistinguishable. The Revenger's Tragedy at T@F shows the audience what would happen when the horribleness of the human psyche focuses on revenge. Adding a clown wig only makes it scarier.

Performances: September 11, 13 - 22, 2019

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Artists & Vendors: If you might be interested in selling your wares at this production, please email us!

Coming this Fall


His father dead. Ghosts walking. A new king and a hasty marriage. Foreign troops on the march. Old friends with new agendas. Interfering courtiers, old rivals, and a love outgrown. Violence. Madness.

Hamlet's greatest enemy may be his own doubt in this fast-paced production of William Shakespeare's finest play.

Performances: November 15-23

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Staged Reading

I Hate Hamlet

On the same day that Andrew moves into the former apartment of legendary actor John Barrymore, he learns he has been cast as Hamlet. The question, however, is whether Andrew has the acting chops to be... or not to be... up to the task.

Performance: Friday, October 11th at 8pm - ONE NIGHT ONLY!

FREE with suggested donation.

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Recent Press

Our Winter 2019 production, Burning, was reviewed by The New England Theatre Geek. WickedLocal also profiled co-stars Evelyne Cardella and Jaryn Wilcox.

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, 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.

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