The historic Abbeville Opera House is wrapping up its 106th Winter Theatre Season and our 37th Summer Theatre Season is just around the corner. After 106 years, our theatre is more popular now than ever before. We have twice received the South Carolina Governors Travel Award for Tourism and each season - as the Official State Theatre of South Carolina - we attract over 17,000 theatre patrons to our wonderful community. The historic Abbeville Opera House is located in Abbeville, South Carolina -- conveniently situated mid-way between New York City and Miami Beach. The theatre maintains an outstanding company of talented performers, technicians and staff - presenting two exciting and challenging theatre seasons totaling over 36 weekends of live theatre a year. The Abbeville Opera House is generally considered to be the catalyst for the revitalization of our historic community filled with antique, gift and curio shops, restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts. We invite you to join us and welcome you to our turn-of-the-century theatre.
Harry Anderson Guest Artist for Summer Season 20152/9/2015
The Abbeville Opera House proudly presents a RETRO Season of classic American plays with Summer Season 2015. ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson - June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 - is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. Made into a triple academy award winning film starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, this is a true American classic. "When life is at its finest ... when love is at its fullest ..." THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL by Neil Simon - July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 - A love triangle set in San Francisco in the 1960's about Andy and Norman who are barely making a living working on their magazine. Sophie, a Southern girl and former all-American Olympic swimmer, moves into the apartment next door. It's love at first sight! A brilliantly funny patriotic comedy perfect for the 4th of July. THE ODD COUPLE, starring Harry Anderson and Michael Genevie comes to the Opera House stage on July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15. The Broadway smash hit comedy with the star of Night Court, Dave's World, Saturday Night Live and many more -- a perfect close to a perfectly RETRO summer theatre season!
Winter Season closes with Treasure Island5/15/2014
Directed by Ryan Hewitt - April 10, 11, 17 and 18 - 2015 * Ken Ludwig has adapted the story from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Winner of the 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award. "Five Stars! Yo-ho-ho! A festive treat to treasure. X marks the spot of a bona-fide classic treat!" Treasure Island is the answer to everyone's adventure-starved prayers: a racy, pacy, tough-as-old-boots adaptation of the swashbuckling classic yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14 year old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. A wonderfully classic way to bring the 106th Winter Season to a close. You don't want to miss this one!
COMING SOON The 57th Annual Awards Night Celebration5/14/2014
The Abbeville Opera House Board of Governors proudly presents the 57th Awards Night Ceremony on Saturday evening, May 9 at 8pm. The event will be held on the stage of the historic Abbeville Opera House and is free and the public is invited to attend. The Abbeville Opera House Board of Governor’s is celebrating the 106th Winter Theatre Season at the Opera House and this year also marks the 57th consecutive year that an Awards Ceremony has been held to honor the performers and the productions. Awards will be presented in a variety of categories including: Best Actor, Best Actress Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cameo Appearance, Best Newcomer, Best Male and Best Female Juvenile Awards, Best Actor and Actress in a musical, Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a musical, as well as, the Board of Governor’s Award and the Director’s Award. Master of Ceremonies Michael Genevie will host the formal Black Tie optional Affair presented on the stage of the turn-of-the-century Opera House. Opera House Players Board of Governor’s Vice President Evelyn Horton, who is in charge of the Awards Ceremonies this year, says that "the evening is guaranteed to be filled with entertainment as well as awards, so don't miss this gala event."
The 37th Summer Theatre Season5/14/2014
The 37th Summer Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera House is just around the corner. Make your plans now because you don't want to miss any of the upcoming shows at the Official State Theatre of South Carolina - the historic Abbeville Opera House. This 2015 RETRO summer season features three American Theatre Classic from the past running June 12 through August 15. Season Memberships are now available by calling the box office. Opening with the classic ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson on June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 followed by the hysterically funny Neil Simon comedy THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL on July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18. Closing the RETRO summer theatre season will be HARRY ANDERSON in THE ODD COUPLE with performance on July 31, August 1, 7, 8,. 14 & 15. For more information call the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157 or click on the SHOWS tab at the top of this page. Make your plans now. You don't want to miss any of these sure-fire-sell-out summer shows at the Abbeville Opera House.
ON GOLDEN POND opens the 37th Summer Season5/14/2014
The love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. Made into a triple academy award winning film starring Katharine Hepburn, the Opera House production features Lisa McConnell and Michael Genevie in this true American classic. JUNE 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27.
Neil Simon's THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL in July5/13/2014
A love triangle set in San Francisco in the 1960's about Andy and Norman who are barely making a living working on their magazine. Sophie, a Southern girl and former all-American Olympic swimmer, moves into the apartment next door and it's love at first sight! A brilliantly funny patriotic comedy starring Sommer DuBose that is perfect for the 4th of July! JULY 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18.
THE ODD COUPLE starring Harry Anderson and Michael Genevie5/12/2014
The Broadway smash hit comedy starring Harry Anderson, star of NIGHT COURT, DAVE'S WORLD, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and many others, is the perfect show to close a perfectly RETRO summer theatre season! JULY 31, AUGUST 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.