Remarkable Performances. Remarkable Venues.

Experience the most elegant, immersive suite of live-performance venues in the Southeast.

Indulge your love of theater, opera, ballet and other live entertainments, in performance halls and centers designed around each unique art–and always under the care of our highly trained, dedicated staff.


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Facility Guide

Memorial AuditoriumFletcher Opera TheaterMeymandi Concert HallKennedy TheatreLichtin PlazaBetty Ray McCain Art Gallery

Opened in 1932, Memorial Auditorium is the crown jewel of North Carolina performing arts. Over the years, this richly historic theater has played host to a dazzling spectrum of artists and performances. Just a sample of the list quickly becomes dizzying: Sinatra, Gillespie, Baryshnikov, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Itzhak Perlman, Natalie Cole and Prince. Broadway blockbusters like Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Miss Saigon, and Rent have also been staged here. Continue...

The A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater is the epicenter for opera and dance in the North Carolina. This 600-seat theater offers an intimacy perfect for such performances, with the farthest balcony seat less than 70 feet from the stage. Continue...

The North Carolina Symphony calls this remarkable, 1700-seat venue home. And it’s easy to see why. Its 65-ft ceiling, unique shoebox shape, narrow sides, shallow balconies and lack of proscenium all work together to deliver the warmest, clearest and most immersive sound experience possible. National and international artists and performers now speak of this hall’s remarkable acoustics. Continue...

Our new 170-seat, 40 x 60-foot black-box experimental theater fuses intimacy with energy, the deeply personal with the universal theater experience. The KD & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre provides performance space for innovative groups including Hot Summer Nights. Continue...

This elegant two-acre plaza in front of the Duke Energy Center is the ideal, open-air space for festivals, concerts and tented social gatherings and functions. Continue...

This unique gallery, nestled within the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, is the proud home of the North Carolina Artists Exhibition, a collection of work by state artists, selected each year by respected local museum and gallery directors from hundreds of submissions. Continue...

Who We Are

Who We Are

The Raleigh Convention Center, the Red Hat Amphitheater and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts are all within toe-tapping steps of one another. These interlinking facilities are a cultural centerpiece of downtown Raleigh, irresistibly blending entertainment and convenience for convention goers and weekend visitors alike.

The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts will continue to support all customers and visitors with respect and care regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. This position is in alignment with our city's policy of nondiscrimination. House Bill 2, recently passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, does not reflect the values of our facility. We are privileged to serve a diverse public who contribute immensely to the strength and vitality of our area. It is of the utmost importance that all attendees feel comfortable in our facility; and our staff will make every reasonable accommodation to ensure our guests feel welcome. Our mission is to provide an outstanding customer experience that assures that the needs of all customers are met.

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