Lake Forest Theatre

For the inaugural season, performances will be held in The John & Nancy Hughes Theatre in downtown Lake Forest, one of the best theaters on the North Shore. The longterm vision is to build a brand new theater venue in Lake Forest. More details coming soon.


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Steve Malone, Managing Artistic Director


Opening this theater is a dream come true for Steve. He is excited to provide a creative space that prioritizes Performance as an Artform and keeps the audience experience in mind at every step. He will also be directing the first show of the inaugural season, Secret Garden, in June.





  • Has been performing in the Chicagoland Area for 40+ years in more than 85 productions

  • Managing Director for local Lake Forest Theatre until August, 2015

  • 30+ years of professional business experience

  • Worked in television and radio sales and management

  • 15 years in residential and commercial real estate

The John & Nancy Hughes Theatre


400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest


  • For the inaugural season, performances will be held in the John Hughes Theatre in downtown Lake Forest

  • Completed a $1.5m renovation in 2015

  • 309 seat theater with state-of-the-art sound system, comfortable plush seating, well lit, wider walkways, great sightlines from every seat

  • All performances will be accompanied by a live orchestra

  • Proud to have The Saints welcome our audiences as our Ushers

  • Concessions include wine and soft drinks available for purchase in the lobby before, during, and after the shows

  • Plenty of free parking

Create the preeminent professional all musical theater company in Lake Forest and surrounding areas.


Bring a truly artistic and curated season of shows that will entertain and enthrall the audiences.


Showcase the most talented performers and production staff while giving them a supportive space to learn, grow, and flourish.


Come Join Us For The Inaugural Season










All seats are reserved.

The box office opens thirty minutes before the show.

Fri/Sat shows at 8pm

Sundays at 3pm

June 10


July 02


The Secret Garden


Adapted from a very popular book, this Tony Award winning Musical has hauntingly beautiful songs and memorable lessons. An orphaned girl goes to live with her introverted Uncle and his son and she brings the entire family to a happier place. So many of the songs touch the audiences' hearts. Perfect entertainment for all ages.

Adapted from the very funny Mel Brooks movie. Dr. Frankenstein and his helpers, over the top Igor and over the blouse Inga, recreate Life in the Lab. Who can forget the Monster's Puttin' On The Ritz Tap Number? Audiences will enjoy experiencing all the classic scenes from the movie, but this time LIVE. Comedy and humor like this never gets old! Again, entertainment for all ages!

Young Frankenstein

Oct. 07


Oct. 30


One of Broadway's longest running shows...this Tony Award winning Musical still feels current and alive. The audience gets an inside look at 12 performers who "make the cut" at an all day intense Broadway Musical Audition. The real background stories shared by the performers at a workshop became the basis for this incredibly emotional, dynamic, and timeless musical. We are striving to also bring you the original Michael Bennett's Broadway Choreography! No age restriction here.

A Chorus Line

March 24


April 16



Oct. 31




Halloween Masquerade Ball


At 600 Broadsmoore Drive, Lake Forest


Exclusive access for the first 100 people only! Some of the actors from Young Frankenstein will perform and entertain guests throughout the night. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the new Lake Forest Theatre rehearsal space, a beautiful 20 room mansion with lots of open and airy spaces.


Passed appetizers, specialty cocktails and wines


Costumes expected



$100 per person (must be 21+ years)

Dec. 05-Dec. 24




Holidays Around The World


At 600 Broadsmoore Drive, Lake Forest


 Twelve Nights of Holiday singing and merriment hosted at the new Lake Forest Theatre rehearsal space, a beautiful 20-room mansion that will be festively decorated to the nines. Only 100 guests nightly can attend this exclusive event! Passed appetizers, holiday cocktails and wine are included and you will be given the words to the songs to sip and sing along!


Holiday party attire desired



$100 for Adults

$50 for Children under 18 years of age


Purchase Tickets


To buy tickets call 847-604-4975 or email


For Group Sales (10 or more tickets) please email or call 847-604-4975