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Francis Wilson Playhouse Interest Group   

The Francis Wilson Theater Shared Interest Group attends performances together at this popular Clearwater Theater. Register for each individual performance. Registration will close 2 weeks prior to the performance.  OLLI Members will pay for tickets at the door, receive a discount, and will be seated with other members. Optional group dinner following the performance. Please contact the facilitator, Nancy Wathen at 727-789-2091 for more information on the optional group dinners.


For more than 90 years, the Francis Wilson Playhouse has been the premier venue for amazing Broadway-style productions, featuring some of the best talent in the Tampa Bay area.

Between 1905 and 1935, Broadway actor/playwright and author Francis Wilson wintered in Clearwater. He had the urge to entertain, had a preference for comedy and having begun his career in Philadelphia as an entertainer back in the middle 1800s, his experience on the stage was extensive. With all his seventy one years of promoting quality stage performances, Francis Wilson’s greatest contribution to theatre took place in 1935 in Clearwater on the bay—THE FRANCIS WILSON PLAYHOUSE. And then with great civic pride, the Playhouse had its opening night on January 7, 1935. (Source:


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