The historic Abbeville Opera House is right in the middle of its 39th Summer Theatre Season and we are more popular now than ever before. The doors to this wonderful old theatre opened 108 years ago on October 10, 1908 and in the first five years of its existence, Abbeville audiences enjoyed approximately 260 live performances on the magnificent 7500 square foot Opera House stage. 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 each year. 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.
NOW PLAYING Harris Cashes Out - a summer season hit5/18/2016
Forty years ago, composer/lyricist Harris Wellborn wrote an off-Broadway musical which closed after one performance. This comedy finds the now elderly tunesmith down on his luck, living in a run-down apartment building dependent on the charity of this domineering sister - yet still dreaming of making it on Broadway. The laughs unfold when the literate and witty Harris is thrown together with the flaky young woman who lives down the hall. His life then takes a hilarious turn when her scheming boyfriend comes up with a devious plan to cash in on Harris' past. This is a great show by Canadian playwright Londos D'Arrigo- and it's perfect for seniors, church groups and tour groups. Make your summer season reservations now! For more information or for reservations call the Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157 or scroll to the top of this page and click on SHOWS! Performances: July 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.
DEARLY BELOVED coming soon to the 39th Summer Theatre Season!5/17/2016
The Futrelle Sisters, Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink, are throwing a wedding. Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo's antebellum-inspired wedding, and the rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime. No surprise there, (if you remember the popular Opera House Christmas production of CHRISTMAS BELLES) the Futrelle Sisters have never been strangers to gossip. This hysterically funny Southern comedy by Jones, Hope and Wooten is a great way to bring the summer theatre season to a close! Performances: August 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.
A Sneak Peek at the upcoming Winter Theatre Season!5/16/2016
Here's a sneak peek at the shows coming soon to the Winter Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House. Opening our 109th Winter Season: EVERYBODY LOVES OPAL by John Patrick playing September 22, 23, 29, 30, October 6 and 7 - 2017. CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS by Donald Margulies on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 - 2017. VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE by Christopher Durang playing February 2, 3, 9 and 10 - 2018. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame on March 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 - 2018 and JB by Archibald MacLeish playing April 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14 - 2018. Winter Season tickets will be available soon.
Get more enjoyment out of your theatre experience!5/4/2014
At The Abbeville Opera House, we are committed to giving you the very best theatre experience possible from the moment you walk through the door and that includes helping you make informed decisions about which productions to see with your children. Be sure to inquire at the box office if the play is family friendly. In consideration of our many adult patrons, we ask that you do not bring children under the age of six into the theatre - except for our Youth Theatre performances. We appreciate your understanding. “Get a babysitter. You’ll enjoy the show a whole lot more … and so will the people around you.”