About Great Performances

Now entering its 43rd season on PBS, GREAT PERFORMANCES is America’s preeminent performing arts television series, showcasing a diverse range of performing arts specials from around the world. Since its premiere in 1972, GREAT PERFORMANCES has presented an international roster of renowned artists and performing art companies of all genres. From new productions of timeless […]

Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn

Concert Preview

The legendary Barbra Streisand gives a homecoming concert in Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on Great Performances Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival (check local listings). Streisand is joined by Chris Botti, Il Volo, and son Jason Gould for two hours of hits, including nine songs […]

Great Performances 40th Anniversary Brochure

GREAT PERFORMANCES 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION In celebration of the series’ 40th anniversary, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosts an all-star homecoming on the stage of the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Through performance and remembrance, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES means to them as America’s only ongoing primetime […]

Letter from Executive Producer David Horn

For the past 40 years, GREAT PERFORMANCES has been proud to bring you arts programming that has moved and inspired you. The pioneering primetime performing arts series first premiered on public television stations on November 4, 1972, with a broadcast production of the Landford Wilson play, The Rimers of Eldritch, starring a promising up-and-coming actress […]

Sting: The Last Ship

Full Episode

Sting: The Last Ship will air on Great Performances, Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9 p.m., ET on PBS (check local listings) and features the 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician performing songs from his new album, The Last Ship, and forthcoming play of the same name in an intimate evening of music and storytelling live at […]