Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the biggest productions in theater history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the premier live entertainment venues in North America. Under the curation of eight-time Tony Award-winner Carole Shorenstein Hays, almost a century after it welcomed its first Bay Area audiences, the Curran has just completed a major restoration and renovation.
Curran reopened our 1,600 seat venue in January 2017 with the groundbreaking musical FUN HOME. Since then, we've welcomed even more incredible productions, including ECLIPSED, TAYLOR MAC'S 24 DECADE project, SOFT POWER, DEAR EVAN HANSEN and THE JUNGLE. Next up inside our Curran is HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, which begins performances this fall.
As our beloved theater undergoes yet another round of joyous renovations in order to accommodate HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD's extended run, we are busy imagining unique programming all around San Francisco – complete with all the fun and adventure that the Curran name has come to represent. This is our way of making sure we continue to be a cultural hub for all of the Bay Area, even while our brick-and-mortar home is happily occupied by a certain boy wizard.
Our goal has been to create a new kind of artistic hub here in San Francisco—one that engages new and existing audiences, and attracts the most visionary artists in the world, by presenting bold, daring work. The Curran continues to search the globe for the kind of works we’ve always dreamt would play this stage.
History & Future
Born into a wealthy Missouri family that owned a wheel manufacturing company, Homer Curran veered away from the family business, opting instead to pursue his passion in the arts by traveling West to study music at Stanford University. While a student, Curran established himself as an accomplished pianist, composing scores for musicals and operas.
Curran moved to San Francisco after graduating and spent eight years gaining management experience in the local theater community. The construction of the Curran Theatre became possible in 1920 when Curran formed a business partnership with Shubert Incorporated, one of the most successful New York theatrical corporations throughout the 20th century.
In order to compete with a rival theater company, Shubert created a national chain of theaters and designated San Francisco as the premiere West Coast destination. Having spent over a decade in the local theater community, Curran provided the Shuberts with an invaluable understanding of San Franciscans’ interests. In exchange, the Shuberts’ single handedly funded the construction and ensured first-rate productions from New York and Europe. Since opening to the public in 1922, the Curran has staged over 8,000 performances.
Curran Press Office
450 Geary Street, Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94102
National Public Relations
Rick Miramontez - DKC/O&M
Bay Area Public Relations
Julie Richter - Charles Zukow Associates