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.
ON GOLDEN POND opens the 37th Summer Season2/10/2015
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. They are joined by an all star Opera House ensemble featuring Brad Christie as Charlie, Sommer DuBose as Chelsea, Shane Bradley as Bil Ray and introducing Brady Bagwell as Billy. Performances are JUNE 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27.Make you reservations now!
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, Ryan Hewitt and Ryan Ball ..... perfect for the 4th of July! Performances are 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 long time Opera House Director Michael Genevie, along with a wonderful cast of zany characters including Roddy Gray as Speed, Brad Christie as Murray, Paul Crutcher as Roy, Paul Criswell as Vinnie, Lisa McConnell as Gwendolyn and Sommer DuBose as Cecily. This is the perfect show to close a perfectly RETRO summer theatre season! Performances are JULY 31, AUGUST 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.
Harry Anderson Guest Artist for Summer Season 20155/11/2014
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 is a perfect close to a perfectly RETRO summer theatre season! Harry Anderson of Night Court, Dave’s World and Saturday Night Live fame is an ultra-pleasant guy with no obvious pretensions or Hollywood ego, even though he shared Thursday nights on NBC with the likes of Bill Cosby, Michael J. Fox and Ted Danson. Although he is no longer in the spotlight to the degree of those stars, he lists more television and film credits than we can count and he no longer has any deep desire to return to TV on a regular basis. He is, however, coming back to the stage of the historic Abbeville Opera House - as Oscar Madison in THE ODD COUPLE. Harry Anderson will always be remembered for his eight-year run as the quirky, compassionate, wise-cracking judge on NBC’s “Must-See TV” comedy Night Court from 1984 to 1992. Harry and Abbeville Opera House Executive Director Michael Genevie have been friends for a number of years and he has appeared on the Opera House stage several times over the years in his one-man show, Wiseguy. “This year, however, is going to be a very special performance for us,” says Genevie. ‘You don’t want to miss it." Anderson lived for a few years in New Orleans, where `Wise Guy’ first came to life, and where he owned a magic shop and a comedy club called Oswalds in the French Quarter. But Hurricane Katrina killed his tourism-driven business and he left the French Quarter in 2006. “Harry has been a really good friend to me and to the Opera House, says Genevie. “We can’t think of a better way to bring our RETRO Summer Theatre Season to a close." Performances for THE ODD COUPLE will be July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.