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.
NOW PLAYING Agatha Christie's Spider's Web2/13/2015
February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 - 2015 * Another Agatha Christie classic comes to the Abbeville Opera House stage. Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham Brown, is adept at spinning tales of adventure for their bored diplomatic circle. When a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with, especially as she suspects the murderer might be her young stepdaughter, Pippa. Worse still, the victim is the man who broke up Henry's first marriage! Clarissa's fast talking places her in some hair raising experiences, as she comes to learn that the facts are much more terrifying than fiction. This is Agatha Christie at her best! Don't miss it!
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!
The 37th Summer Theatre Season10/3/2014
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.
COMING SOON Unnecessary Farce5/16/2014
March 20, 21, 27 and 28 - 2015 * "Two cops. three crooks. Eight doors. Go." In an economy motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. In the room next door, two undercover cops are supposed to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's occupying which room, who's watching the video, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. One of the funniest comedies to come along in a long while.
Winter Season closes with Treasure Island5/15/2014
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!
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 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.