Bucks County Playhouse
The building known as the Bucks County Playhouse was originally a grist mill. The Hope Mills, as they were first named, burned to the ground and were rebuilt in the year 1790 by local businessman, Benjamin Parry. This building was renamed the New Hope Mills and the town got a new name as well.
With the threat of this already historic building being torn down in the 1930's, the mill was purchased by a group of individuals, including Broadway composer Moss Hart, expressly for the purpose of performing live theatrical productions. Renovations began in 1938, and an official opening was scheduled for July 1, 1939. Workers continued renovations right up until a few minutes before the theater opened its doors to the first paying customers. The first show performed was a drama, Springtime for Henry, starring the well-known Edward Everett Horton.
The sparkling reputation of the Bucks County Playhouse grew rapidly. It soon became known as America's Most Famous Summer Theater, and for good reason. Not only did performances feature well known stars of stage, screen, and television, but the Playhouse also became known as a pre-Broadway theater premiering some of the most famous dramas in theatrical history. Dramas like Harvey, Barefoot In The Park, and Give 'Em Hell, Harry made their premieres at Bucks County.
We have no current productions for this theater right now.
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