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Address: 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-5602
Phone Number: +1 941-366-9000
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the...

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the Gulf Coast region, bringing the best in Contemporary plays, musicals, and comedy to the Sarasota community since 1973. An professional regional theatre, the FST campus is a village of five theatres - the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres,the Parisian style Goldstein Cabaret and John C. Court Cabaret, and Bowne's Lab Theatre. Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact - providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances. Hip and historical, entertaining and challenging,where everyone is welcome to come and engage in the art of theatre. FST has modeled itself on the strength of creating the best in contemporary theatre at an affordable price. Overall, FST serves over 200,000 attendees per year through its six major programs: the Mainstage Series, the Cabaret Series, the Stage III series, WRITE A PLAY, Education, and New Play Development.

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Lovely little theatre, great acting, friendly attendants. Do go!

I was invited as a birthay present to a Sunday matineé from 2-4 PM in August. The place was packed! Looks like there are some 200 seats in all. There is a lovely bar that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2016
Mary T
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

I was invited as a birthay present to a Sunday matineé from 2-4 PM in August. The place was packed! Looks like there are some 200 seats in all. There is a lovely bar that serves drinks and meals beside the lobby, so you might want to think of arriving early and chilling with a good drink or lunch/dinner. We... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

My husband and I went and found this theatre to be very reasonably priced and adequately clean. We enjoyed the theatre that we went twice while on vacation. There aren't too many movie theatres you can get beer and wine at the concession stand and that was surprising.

Thank Sheila Z
Venice, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

We got to see the God of Isaac play and the performance itself was absolutely wonderful, hysterical, well played, and extremely enjoyable. This theater is such a wonderful experience; it's beautiful, comfortable, every seat has a good view of the stage, the acoustics are perfect, and it is so professionally run. This is one of our favorite in use in... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

A delightful and insightful journey into what it is to be Jewish as seen through the eyes of a young man from Skokie IL in 1977. Well performed before a full house in the Gompertz theatre. A great cultural experience for this "goy".

Thank Al B
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Try to patronize FST when productions meet our schedule. Shows are uniformly well acted and good seating is easy to come by.

Thank kportgirl
Longboat Key, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

I love theater...this had a great cast, AC worked well, nice, quiet crowd, but those seats!! Specifically the room between rows! Is this a place built for circus midgets? The guy behind me kicked my seat every few minutes, and I couldn't be angry because I did the same thing to the person in front of me. Horrible. Worse than... More 

Thank DrMike60
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We have been attending FST for years and it is by far the best theatre in town. Great intimate theatre spaces with wide variety of choices. They also have a phenomenal children's theatre program and summer camp. Highly recommend.

Thank Andrea P
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We visited this caberet style theatre whilst on vacation from the UK. As explained to me there are four or five separate stages in the complex, two of which had shows on during our visit. The venue has small, intimate and beautifully presented settings. We ate at our table imeadiately prior to the show (excellent service/food and reasonably priced) and... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We made a last minute decision to see the Fabulous Lipitones show playing June 2016 at FST. It was opening night, and I didnt think the show was totally polished yet - a few stumbles here and there. A little surprising given they were professional actors and crew. But it was funny and entertaining, and the story was a good... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We have been subscribers for over 10 years. One of the things that sold us on Sarasota was the arts and entertainment scene. We have seen some terrific theater here, some mediocre and some wretched, however, most has been pretty good. If something doesn't work it is certainly not the actors, though. The performers are always top notch. The interesting... More 

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