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the historic Stoughton Opera House in downtown Stoughton, Wisconsin

Stoughton Opera House

381 E Main Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
Tel: (608) 877-4400

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Live Music Schedule:

Mondays: Music Appreciation (3-4:30pm)

11/29 Mike Farris, Adam Wakefield

12/1 Suzy Bogguss: A Swingin’ Little Christmas
12/7 The Lone Bellow TRIIIO, Robert Ellis
12/8 Playtime Productions: The Prince & The Pauper
12/8 Michael Perry & the Long Beds
12/9 Stoughton Festival Choir & City Band

2/8 The Cactus Blossoms
2/9 Steely Dane
2/15 Davina & the Vagabonds
2/16 Gaines & Wagoner
2/22 Robbie Fulks
2/23 Sierra Hull
2/28 Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth

3/1 The Milk Carton Kids
3/2 Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (2 Shows)
3/7 Choir! Choir! Choir!
3/8 Tom Sharpe
3/9 The Gibson Brothers
3/16 Eilen Jewell
3/21 Michael Perry
3/22 Rodney Crowell
3/23 The Subdudes
3/28 Tim O’Brien Bluegrass Band
3/29 Roy Rodgers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
3/30 Leo Kottke

4/3 Michael Hecht
4/4 Robyn Hitchcock
4/5 Carlene Carter
4/6 Harp Twins
4/7 Opera For The Young: Super Storm
4/11 Chris Smither
4/12 Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
4/13 Asleep at the Wheel (2 Shows)
4/18 Crystal Bowersox
4/25 The Quebe Sisters
4/26 Leftover Salmon (Acoustic Show)
4/27 Playtime Productions: The Red Shoes (1pm)
4/27 Riders In the Sky
4/28 MadFiddle & Highway 151

5/2 Hot Club of Cowtown
5/3 Del McCoury Band
5/4 The Steel Wheels
5/11 Della Mae
5/18 Syttende Mai
5/31 Stoughton Chamber Singers

Updated: 11/17/18 9:54pm


The Stoughton Opera House, originally called the City Auditorium, first opened on February 22, 1901. It is one of the largest second story theaters in the Midwest. For over 50 years, there was a wide variety of cultural experiences to be enjoyed within its walls including operas, musical productions, minstrel, theater and vaudeville shows, temperance meetings, and Governor LaFollette even spoke here on several occasions. The Stoughton High School held graduation exercises here until 1938. There were Junior and Senior class plays until 1953, by which time the Opera House was painted over with a dull gray paint and extensively damaged by roof leaks and was eventually shut down. The clock tower was removed in 1961.

In the early 1980’s, a decision was made to save the building and government offices. The “Friends of’ the Opera House” was established and citizens came forward to fund and work on the restoration. A committee was also established to plan and complete the restoration of the Opera House.

The first project was to restore the clock tower, which was completed in 1988 and a likeness of it is now used as the logo for the City of Stoughton: In 1990, a fire escape was added and in 1992 air conditioning was installed. A matching grant from the Jeffries Family Foundation funded much of the restoration work. The City of Stoughton contributed to the restoration of the building’s main entrance and the addition of an elevator and restrooms in the basement.

Plaster, carpets, floor lights, dressing rooms, paint, handicapped accessibility and the latest in state-of-the-art equipment combine to make the Stoughton Opera House a wonderful mixture of Victorian and modern elements. The “crown jewel” of Stoughton has been restored and enhanced and is lovelier than ever.


Downtown Stoughton, Wisconsin

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