The historic Abbeville Opera House is beinning its 109th Winter Theatre Season and we are more popular now than ever before. The doors to this wonderful old theatre opened 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.
Auditions for CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS!9/18/2017
The Abbeville Opera House proudly announces auditions for CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS to be held at the theatre on Monday, September 25. Based on the story “The Loudest Voice” by Grace Paley, A Coney Island Christmas has a large cast a men, women and children with principal roles for 8 adult women of various ages; 5 adult men of various ages; 9 young girls (ages approximately 6 to 16); 10 young boys (ages approximately 6 to 16); and various chorus members of all ages. For more information scroll to the top of this page and click on UPCOMING AUDITIONS in the small window on the right.
Season Membership Drive Now Underway!8/28/2017
The Winter Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera House is now underway and so is the annual membership drive. According to Opera House Executive Director Michael Genevie, “the annual membership drive this year looks like it may exceed our goal. Demand for season tickets has been extraordinary. Season Members at the turn of the century theatre have advance reservation privileges – allowing them the opportunity to make reservations for the winter season shows before they go on sale to tour groups and to the general public. Season members also enjoy such perks as complimentary concessions served in a private concessions area during the intermissions of each of the winter season shows. With it’s initial restoration in 1968, the Abbeville Opera House is generally considered to be a premiere tourist attraction in the upstate and the catalyst for the revitalization of our community. The theatre is run by a volunteer Board of Governors and produces approximately 40 weekends of live theatre each year. Many civic, church and tour groups from throughout the southeast attend performances each year. For more information about a season membership to the official state theatre of South Carolina, call the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157.
EVERYBODY LOVES OPAL opens the 109th Winter Theatre Season!8/18/2017
The opening production of the 109th Winter Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera House will by John Patrick's hysterically funny comedy, EVERYBODY LOVES OPAL. Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse, lives in a tumbledown mansion at the edge of the municipal dump. The general disarray of her establishment is aggravated by the fact that Opal collects things--anything that can be toted home in her little red wagon. Opal is also an optimist, for no matter how mean her lot or her "friends" , Opal responds with unfailing kindness and an abiding faith in the goodness of human nature. Into her rather strange world comes Gloria, Bradford and Solomon, three purveyors of bogus perfume on the lam from the authorities who do not have Opal's best interests at heart. Directed by Blaine Hicklin and starring MaryAnne Canaday as Opal, the all star Opera House ensemble features Sydney Wells, David Moody, Taylor McNair, Dave DiGeronimo and Bruce Johnston.. A great way to open the 109th Winter Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House and a great show for all ages --- seniors, church groups and tour busses!
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.”