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By Richard Dormer 

Directed by Michael Kopko 

June 26, 2022 – July 17, 2022 

A midlife crisis a half-hour before curtain.

The “Half” is the 30 minutes in the dressing room before the curtain rises, which feels like an eternity for one actor about to perform his one-man Hamlet for the first time.  The show must go on, but can he?  White Heron is proud to offer the North American premiere of this delightful comedy of an ambitious performer taking on this great Shakespearean play – and a lot of personal demons. 


Written and Directed by Mark Shanahan from a concept by Mark Shanahan and Steve Pacek 

Directed by Mark Shanahan 

June 29, 2022 – July 20, 2022

Sometimes it’s good to rock the boat. 

Hang on to your seat for a true-ish Nantucket mystery!  The quiet, unassuming Morton Plank is haunted by his childhood memory of a boating accident that occurred under uncanny circumstances.  He sets out on his boat named “Courage” to face his fear and discover the truth, becoming a part of Nantucket history.  This world premiere blends innovative theatricality with first-class storytelling to create a performance full of magic and fun. 



By Fredrick Knott 

Directed by Mark Shanahan 

July 26, 2022 – August 11, 2022 

A deviously good time. 

Sponsored by Jay and Robin Langfan Hammer

The Hitchcock classic comes to life on stage!  Tony and Margot Wendice seem to have it all, until Tony discovers his wife’s affair with an American crime-thriller writer.  Seeking revenge, he plots the perfect murder, but his plans are cut short.  This production features Tony Award-winner Celia Keenan-Bolger in an evening filled with laughs that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 


By George Stevens, Jr. 

August 22, 2022 – September 1, 2022 

Justice for all. 

Described by the New York Times as “absorbing” and “riveting,” Thurgood will inspire and empower audiences with the story of a truly great American.   Spend an evening with an icon of justice.  The son of a railroad porter and a teacher, Thurgood Marshall rose to become one of the most important attorneys of the 20th century, arguing the historic Brown v. the Board of Education before the Supreme Court, and eventually becoming the high court’s first African American justice.  


Adapted by Mark Shanahan from Charles Dickens 

November 25 – December 3, 2022 

Let the holiday spirits light your way. 

A Nantucket Christmas Carols’ half-price ticket program is supported by the ReMain Nantucket Fund

The spirit of the island meets the spirits of the holidays!  The whale oil trade has made Ebenezer Scrooge a wealthy man, but islanders know him better for his hard heart and miserly ways.  The apparition of his partner, Jacob Marley, and the three spirits of Christmas visit to remind him that “mankind is his business.”  This clever weaving of the beloved tale with Nantucket history creates a wholly original experience for the whole family. A Nantucket Christmas Carol is moving to a biennial schedule, so this is your last chance to see this island tradition until 2024! 

At last, Nantucket has a destination for weekend comedy all summer long! Join us on Friday and Saturday nights for drinks at our lobby bar and then an evening of laughs. The bar opens at 8 PM, and performances begin at 9 PM. Select a button below to purchase tickets.

COVID-19 Admission Policy (as of June 27, 2022)

At this time, masking in the theatre is optional.

The spread of COVID-19 remains in flux, and public health or union regulations can change at any time.  Should White Heron change any of its COVID-19 policies, patrons will be notified via email and updates will be shared on our website and via social media.


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Original Radio Drama created especially for you, our Nantucket audience.

Ghost Light Series

In the theatre we have a tradition. Whenever the stage goes dark between performances, we always like to leave a single light burning in the house until the curtain can rise again. We call it – a “ghost light.” And until we can all meet once more at White Heron, we’re pleased to offer you something we like to call our Ghost Light Series. Original Radio Drama created especially for you, our Nantucket audience. Nantucket’s White Heron Theatre Company presents White Heron Radio Theatre. Our first series, The Ghost Light Series, is adapted by Mark Shanahan from Blue Baillett’s book Nantucket Ghosts, 44 True Accounts. Performed by White Heron’s award-winning actors. Original music, sound design and audio production by John Gromada.

All episodes are available on Simplecast or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.


In the spring of 2021, we recorded our fellow Spanish speaking Nantucketers. We are delighted to share their stories of immigrating to Nantucket with you for the first time in this new podcast series.

Audio production by John Gromada.

Co-producer Maria Partida.

Made possible with the generous support of the Mass Cultural Council, the Nantucket Cultural Council, and Cape Cod 5 Savings Bank.

All episodes are available on Simplecast or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts in both English and Spanish.