“The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated.”
― Katharine Hepburn


The steps we’re taking to keep you safe at in-person events:

CAPACITY – We are limiting the number of people attending events per State guidelines- to 50% or less.   This restrictions is removed per the State of Connecticut- and capacity will begin to return to 100%- beginning May 19, 2021.  (the Kate regularly seats 269).

MASKING – All event attendees and staff must wear masks at all times including once you’ve arrived to your reserved seat.

DISTANCING – Seating will be appropriately distanced between you and other patrons with reminders to maintain 6′ distance from other patrons in our lobbies.  This restrictions is removed per the State of Connecticut beginning May 19, 2021.

SANITIZING – The Kate is thoroughly cleaned after each event and our staff are regularly wiping down high-touch areas during events. Touchless hand sanitizer stations are located throughout.

VENTILATION – We have increased the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the Kate’s ventilation system in the theater.  If it’s a cool night consider bringing a sweater as this may cause the room temperature to fluctuate slightly.

MONITORING – We conduct routine coronavirus symptom screenings of our staff.


An Important Message     updated: 5/1/2021

Friends of the Kate-

While we believe the end of the pandemic is in sight, there is still some time before life returns to normal.  Some disruptions in our normal operations and schedule will continue, and we thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate this next chapter of the pandemic.

  Here’s what you need to know from the Kate:

-With your support, the Kate is here and ready to welcome you back.  We look forward to it.

-We are following all of the directives of the federal, state, and local government and will continue to do so as the current condition evolves.

At this time, shows are beginning to return under limited capacity. On 5/19/2021 capacity will increase to full per the state of Connecticut guidelines.    However, it will unfortunately be necessary to continue postponing some shows to a future date, even as we are reopening.    This is not only affected by local restrictions but also artists touring schedules and travel restrictions.  We appreciate your understanding.  We will continue to be in contact with ticket buyers as soon as there is show specific information to provide.

-As a TICKET HOLDER or TICKET BUYER – When a show is rescheduled (or there is a significant change to how the show will be presented) we will be in touch with you offering three options: (please keep an eye on the email address associated with your ticket purchased as this is where we will contact you first.)

1) You can keep your tickets for the new, rescheduled date and attend the show.

2) You can donate your tickets back to the Kate helping to ensure we can move forward.

3) You can have your tickets refunded (including any fees).

We want you to buy with confidence.  While we can’t predict the future, if we all continue to be optimistic, we will get through this situation together and will all have something to look forward to.

As a reminder, we amended our box office policies to allow refunds up to 14 days prior to the event so you can continue to make decisions that are best for you and your family.

The entire Kate Team thanks you for your patience and support, and we all look forward to seeing you back in the theater when it is safe to do so.  Thank you for your continued support!

Brett Elliott

Executive Director

PS:  Consider also purchasing a gift card that can be used for shows of your choice on a later date.


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The Kate turned 10 in September and we thank you for being a part of this special anniversary!

Since our very first days, many friends have told us about chance encounters with Katharine Hepburn, a favorite show they’ve attended, or a special moment while volunteering at the Kate. From a brief paragraph to a long tale, personal or shared, sentimental or amusing – we want to hear from you!

Follow this link to share YOUR KATE STORY!

Follow this link to read some of the STORIES WE’VE RECEIVED!

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in an historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911, the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After state-of-the art renovations, the center includes a 250-seat theatre that presents work in several genres including music, theater, opera, dance, comedy, film, and a variety of children’s programming. The theater lobby encompasses a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident.

Our mission:

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center exists to present a diverse repertoire of cultural and performing arts, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, and to be a lasting legacy for America’s iconic actress.

At present:

  • The Kate averages 20 performances a month or 240 performances a year.
  • To date, there have been more than 1,500 performances of everything from ballet to magic, music to dance.
  • The Kate serves nearly 45,000 children and adults each year.
  • Specifically for children, the Kate offers a children’s performance series each season, brings Missoula Children’s Theater to town twice a year to allow young area thespians a chance to get up on stage and perform, and each summer hosts 5 weeks of Kate’s Camp for Kids, a week-long intensive introducing children ages 5-10 to the performing arts, and a two-week session of Summer Spotlight for ages 11-13 where kids are immersed in all facets of writing, composing songs, rehearsing, choreographing, designing and creating props, and learning about the technical aspects of live performance.
  • Along with its live performances, the Kate has 3 satellite dishes and shows simulcasts from the National Theatre of London, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Bolshoi Ballet of Russia.
  • Beginning in 2015, the Kate partnered with Connecticut Public Television on a new national series affectionately called ‘The Kate.’ This CPTV original series presents bold performers with something to say.

Just a few of the performers who have appeared at the Kate:


Photo: The Allman/Neville/Pitchell Show at the Kate

Ed Asner, Aztec Two-Step, Booker T, Karla Bonoff, Marc Broussard, Betty Buckley, Paula Cole, Celtic Tenors, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, CT Ballet, Sheila E., Jonathan Edwards, Steve Forbert, Art Garfunkel, Ana Gasteyer, Richie Havens, Anne Heaton, Garth Hudson, Robin Hitchcock, Janis Ian, Eileen Ivers, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucy Kaplansky, Jorma Kaukonen, Zoe Keating, Patty Larkin, Jane Lynch, Melissa Manchester, Richard Marx, Raul Midon, Momix, Roger McGuinn, Graham Nash, Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Steven Page, Poco, Paula Poundstone, Pure Prairie League, Pousette-Dart Band, Graham Parker, Leon Redbone, Tom Rush, Rusted Root, Chris Smither, Mavis Staples, Al Stewart, Kiefer Sutherland, Livingston Taylor, Richard Thompson, Paul Taylor 2, Walter Trout, Suzanne Vega, Sam Waterson, Jimmy Webb, The Ann Wilson Thing, Rita Wilson, George Winston, Peter Yarrow, Jesse Colin Young, Buckwheat Zydeco.

Local organizations that regularly partner with the Kate include: