The Wisconsin Union Theater and Fredric March Play Circle will close in June 2014. The theater will re-open sometime during the Summer of 2014 (exact date TBD) and will definitely be open by the Fall 2014 semester…just in time to celebrate the Theater’s 75th Anniversary in October 2014!
The WUD Performing Arts Committee will continue to produce the Season, including the Concert Series, World Stage Series, Jazz Series, Dance and Special Events, Travel Adventure Film Series and Keyboard Conversations, as well as the Madison World Music Festival and the Isthmus Jazz Festival, even while the theater is dark. Events will take place in alternate locations both on- and off-campus. Stay tuned on the Union Theater website for announcements of upcoming events and locations. Sign up for the theater e-newsletter and/or follow us on Facebook to learn more.
The Campus Arts Ticketing Service will still be available through the box office location in Vilas Hall and on-line through the Theater website. There will be no interruption of service for ticketing for campus arts events. Tickets for events produced by University Theatre, the School of Music, the Dance Department, and other UW-Madison departments and programs, will still be available through the Campus Arts Ticketing Service.
Phase 1 of the Memorial Union Reinvestment project will affect the entire west wing of Memorial Union, including the Union Theater, the Play Circle, Hoofers, Craftshop, and meeting rooms and offices in the west wing. The timetable for the Play Circle renovation is identical to the timetable for the Union Theater.
The Wisconsin State Historic Society has an active role in determining preservation standards for the Memorial Union Reinvestment project and for ensuring that the unique historic character of the theater is preserved. More information about the role of the WSHS can be found here.
Theater permanent staff will be busy operating the box office, producing and promoting the Season, generating support for the project, and preparing for the re-opening of our spaces and the 75th Anniversary of the theater. Our phone numbers and e-mail addresses will continue to work and will be excellent ways to reach us. Our contact information is available here.
Subscribe to our e-newsletter. Read our blog. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Come to our Season events. Visit our website often for updates and news. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our events!
The Box Office is located at Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave., (entrance on East Campus Mall)
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Will Call can be found in the Vilas Hall Box Office at 821 University Avenue during regular business hours or at the venue of your event on performance evenings from one hour before curtain time to one half hour past curtain time. All will call locations are accessible to people in wheelchairs.
Ticket buyers unable to attend a performance may exchange their original tickets for tickets to any available upcoming season event. Tickets for the performance that cannot be attended must be returned to our box office at least 24 hours before the performance in order to exchange for new tickets. If returned by mail, new tickets will be held for pick-up the night of the show. Please call the box office at 608-265-ARTS (2787) with any questions and to find out whether tickets are available for the event you want to attend. If preferred, ticket buyers may also exchange their tickets for a gift certificate of equal value to use later or give to a friend. If you have a reserved parking permit for one of our series events, you may exchange it as well if it is returned by Tuesday of the prior week.
Restrictions: Tickets obtained by exchange may be in seats other than the subscriber’s regular seats or location. Customers are responsible for paying price differences when exchanging for tickets of greater value than originals. Offer is subject to ticket/permit availability.
Can’t find your tickets? Ticket insurance is one of the many advantages of being a Wisconsin Union Theater ticket buyer. Simply bring a photo ID to the box office and a replacement ticket will be issued.
Series subscribers can indicate their seating preference with their order and are given first priority on renewing the same seats for the same series the following year. All patrons who purchase tickets in person at the box office have the option of selecting their seats from the available openings.
Please notify the box office when you purchase your tickets if you need special assistance or seating arrangements. Many campus venues have accommodations for disability. Our staff can help answer your questions about specific venues and circumstances.
Children (6 years of age and older) are welcome at Wisconsin Union Theater Season events. For many events we offer youth tickets (6–18yrs) with the purchase of an adult ticket. These are noted as Family Saving events on our web site.
Like other theater patrons, children are expected to buy a ticket and to enjoy a performance with appropriate respect and courtesy for fellow patrons and performers. Theater patrons who are loud and disruptive may be approached by a theater staff person and asked to leave.
Taking photographs or operating any recording device is strictly prohibited. Cameras and recorders must be checked at the box office.
Venue doors open approximately 30 minutes before curtain time and performances begin on time. Latecomers will be asked to wait until an appropriate pause in the program, when they will be directed to their seats by the theater staff.
Not until 2014. Please stay in touch, and more information about future rentals will be available as it gets closer to the construction completion date.
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The Campus Arts Ticketing Service will still be available through the box office location in Vilas Hall, the box office in Union South (which is open only on the days of ticketed events), and on-line through the Theater website. There will be no interruption of service for ticketing for campus arts events. Tickets for events produced by University Theater, the School of Music, the Dance Department, and other UW-Madison departments and programs, will still be available through the Campus Arts Ticketing Service.