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Meet Tabard’s incoming Executive Artistic Director, Jonathan Rhys Williams

With a deep background in theatre, most especially in the greater Bay Area, Jonathan Rhys Williams brings over 30 years of professional theatre management and production experience to his new position as executive artistic director of The Tabard Theatre Company, effective July 1, 2020. He takes over for executive artistic director Cathy Spielberger Cassetta, who founded Tabard in 2001, and is retiring from Tabard in June 2020.  Read full story

Upcoming Events

Early Bird Subscriptions Now Available for

Tabard’s 20th Season!

Tabard Season Event

The 39 Steps

Award-winning Comedy

Feb. 7–March 1, 2020

Artistic Director/Producer: Cathy Spielberger Cassetta

Director: Jerry Lloyd

by Patrick Barlow & John Buchan

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an onstage plane crash, and some good old-fashioned romance!

“Theatre at its finest! … Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy

—New York Times

Tabard Theatre Presents

The 39 Steps


Tabard Event

Chick, Ella, NINETEEN and Juanita

March 7

Years ago, Nineteen collaborated with Tabard on a musical  – “Stompin at the Savoy”. Well the legendary “Savoy” was home to one of the hottest bands in jazz history – the “Chick Webb Orchestra.” Nineteen is pleased to welcome vocalist Juanita Harris as we perform the original arrangements that Chick himself wrote for the Savoy! This concert will be a “blast from the past ” and dancing IS encouraged. Also – I would get seats now as this one will surely sell out. 

Tabard Season Event

Looking Over the President’s Shoulder

March 13–April 5

When Alonzo Fields accepted a job as a butler at the White House in 1931, his plan was to work there for the winter. That winter lasted 21 years. Based on the real-life story of the grandson of a freed slave who grew up in an all-black town in southern Indiana, James Creer brings to life Fields’ story in this compelling play that takes Fields from giving up his dreams of becoming an opera singer to becoming Chief Butler at the White House. 
Looking Over the President’s Shoulder is told from the unique perspective of the Chief Butler who served four U.S. presidents and their families, from Hoover to Eisenhower.  As Fields says in the play, written by James Still: “It was like being in the front row and watching the passing parade of history….”

“This one-man show is at once warm, thought-provoking and inspiring … I cannot recommend this play strongly enough. It is a timeless story for all ages, a pure joy to see, and a story and performance you will remember long after the curtain falls.” –

Free hands-on presentation for the visually impaired patrons Saturday, March 14, we offer a preshow for the visually impaired from 1:30pm – 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Tabard Event

A Night of Swing Music and Dance

March 28, 8 pm


Jazz band Seascape Sounds presents “A Night of Swing Music and Dance” at Tabard.

SWING, LINDY HOP  …We’ll play it all as you leave your worries behind and dance the night away.

Local jazz sextet Seascape Sounds, led by saxophonist Ken Fukui and featuring the vocal stylings of Le Perez, headline an evening of danceable swing music that includes free swing dance lessons before the band takes the stage.  

Tabard Season Event

The Secret Garden

Tony Award Winner

April 17–May 10, 2020

Born in India, it is only when lonely orphan Mary Lennox is sent to her uncle’s isolated Yorkshire estate that her real adventures begin. By peeling away layers of sadness that cover the house and garden, Mary emerges from her darkness to blossom, as she shows us the power that “one small girl” has when she “wants things to grow.”

“Elegant, entrancing.” –Time

Free hands-on presentation for the visually impaired patrons Saturday, April 18, we offer a preshow for the visually impaired from 1:30pm – 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Tabard Event

Indygo Rhythm Section Live

April 18, 8 pm

Indygo Rhythm Section is a local five-piece jazz combo playing a variety of jazz styles, including swing, blues, Latin, and funk, using both traditional and original interpretations. Musicians: Christopher Badger on piano, Dominic Constantz on guitar, Max King on bass, Gavin Carlson on vibes and Sebastian Najbjerg on drums.


Main Stage Show Subscriptions

The 39 Steps Feb 7 – Mar 1. 2020 
Looking Over the President’s Shoulder / Mar 13 – Apr 5. 2020 
The Secret Garden / Apr 17 – May 10. 2020 

Mainstage & Top of the Stairs Events

Preshow for the visually impaired from 1:30pm – 2:00pm. 

Free hands-on presentation for the visually impaired patrons.

Everyone is welcome.

Remaining Preshow dates for 2019-2020 season:

Looking Over the President’s Shoulder – Sat, Mar 14

The Secret Garden – Sat, Apr 18

Youth Performing Arts Programs

Tabard Event

Tabard’s Summer Camps are fun adventures in musical theatre for youth of all skill levels! Each summer, we conduct two 1-week sessions and one 2-week session. Session I is for children ages 6 to 10, Session II is for children 7 to 12 and session III (two week) is for children/youth ages 8 to 14. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tabard Theatre.

Now Hiring Teachers

for Our After-school

Theatre Programs

The Tabard Theatre Company is now seeking qualified, experienced theatre teachers to work in our after-school theatre programs for children, grades K through 5.

For more information go to the button link above.

If interested contact our education director, Raul Avina.


Admission-Free Nerd Nite

February 25

Nerd Nite is a boozy, playful, and educational lecture series found in cities all around the world. Enjoy 20 minute talks from scientists, historians, game designers, and other nerds over drinks.

Directions to Tabard Theatre

29 N. San Pedro Street, Suite 200 | San Jose, CA 95110

Theatre on San Pedro Square

29 North San Pedro Street, Suite 200

San Jose, CA 95110