When you step inside the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you’ll be transported to a 19th century music hall. Unassuming from the busy Gatlinburg street outside, the inside of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is decked out in rich red curtains, classic theatre-style seats, and the perfect show lighting. The intimate space provides just the right setting for hilarious Broadway and Vaudeville-style shows, which the changing cast has been putting on since 1977!
Since that time, more than 30 original musical comedies have had world premieres at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Many of these shows have gone on to be played in cities across the country, including elite show cities such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Offering a variety of hilarious and surprising shows throughout the year, Pat and Don MacPherson’s Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is the only musical comedy entertainment attraction in Gatlinburg. The theatre is also the oldest place to put on professional, live-on-stage, original music comedies! Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is so highly acclaimed and respected, it was deemed a National Historical Treasure by the city of Gatlinburg, along with being recognized by the 112th Tennessee State Senate. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is a staple in the Gatlinburg community.
You will be blown away by the detail in the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, and by the details that go into each and every show. From the lights, seating and stage to the costumes, makeup, and props, shows here truly impress. Shows at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre are an escape from the norm. Actors fly by the seat of their pants, so there’s something new and fresh every night! If you’ve seen a show at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre before, your next time will still be fun and surprising!
With audience participation in each show, you may even find yourself in the middle of it all! Get ready to laugh, cry from laughing so hard, gasp, laugh some more, and leave with lasting memories!
The cast of characters at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is unique, to say the least. A former clown, a long-time performer, a lawn mower racing champion, an As-Seen-On-TV addict, child star, and former improve actor make up this crazy and talented cast. You can see their love for performing in each show, as they all laugh, play, and draw in audiences.
Each cast member adds something unique to the show, be it their wittiness, their improve ability, or their unique actions. The shows reflect those of the Old English Music Hall, American Vaudeville, Broadway musicals, and even Monty Python! The cast puts on 2 different shows each year, offering something different and fun for new or frequent visitors to Gatlinburg!
Malarkey: A Vaudeville Revue
A Vaudeville-style musical comedy perfect for the family, Malarkey is a combination of dry humor, high energy, and “overtones of nonsense and a hint of poppycock.” It features more than 30 songs, sketch comedy routines, a sing-a-long, audience participation skits, and the Dancing Trench Coats bit. In short, it’s tons of laughs and fun for all!
The Son of the Musketeers: An Original Musical Comedy
This 3-part show includes an original 1890s-style musical comedy, an old-fashioned sing-a-long, and Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s Olio & Revue with the World Famous Classical Paperdance. Set in France after the death of the last of the 3 Musketeers, The Son of the Musketeers takes the audience on an exciting ride with an unlikely hero.
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
Traffic Light #3
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
877.388.5784 or 865.436.4039
Hours: The box office is open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Show Days.
Tickets: Adults - $24.95, Senior/military/AAA - $22.75, Children under 12 - $8.90, Children on lap – Free
*Reservations are recommended, as shows may sell out quickly.
At the end of each show, audience members have the opportunity to give to an area charity that helps to shelter, spay, and neuter pets. The offering is completely optional; it’s just another way for this great theatre to give something back!
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