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.
CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS at the Opera House10/19/2017
Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this brand new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents' exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school's Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays. This show is destined to become a holiday classic. See it first at the Abbeville Opera House. Performances are December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.
A Sneak Peek at the rest of the Winter Theatre Season!5/16/2016
Here's a sneak peek at the rest of the shows coming soon to the Winter Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House. CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS by Donald Margulies plays 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. Scroll down for more information about each of the shows or click on SHOWS at the top of this page. See you at the Abbeville Opera House.
Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike - Feb. 2, 3, 9 & 105/9/2014
The first show of 2018, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home. Critics praised Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. The original Broadway production proved to be a commercial success, recouping its $2.75 million investment in under four months. In 2013, it won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, among many other awards. Don’t miss this hot new comedy!
The Wind in the Willows - March 9, 10, 11, 16 & 175/8/2014
This classic family play, The Wind in the Willows, is based on a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908, the year the Abbeville Opera House first opened its doors. The play focuses on four anthropomorphized animals and their adventures through the English country. Ideal for all ages, The Wind in the Willows is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie. Don't miss this terrific family production suitable for all groups and all ages!
J.B.- April 6, 7, 8, 13 & 145/6/2014
J.B, starring Tony Award winning actor Jay Johnson, is a terrific way to bring the 109th Winter Theatre to a close. Jay is an actor and ventriloquist, best known for his role on the television show Soap. Jay also starred in the Stephen Cannell CBS television production of Broken Badges and has appeared as a celebrity guest on many game shows and hosted two series of his own. Jay's television roles also include appearances in Mrs. Columbo, The Love Boat, Gimme a Break!, Simon & Simon, The Facts of Life, Empty Nest and Dave's World. His Tony Award winning performance, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, opened on Broadway to rave reviews at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Co- starring with Jay, will be Harry Anderson as Nickles. Harry is a very familiar face to Opera House audiences for his many performances on our stage in THE ODD COUPLE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS and WISEGUY. Harry will be remembered for his Emmy nominated performance as Judge Harry Stone in NIGHT COURT. This very talented actor, magician, writer and director is also known for Saturday Night Live, Dave's World , Harvey, Stephen King’s It, and many, many more television and film productions. Before television and movies, Harry performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. And after having the number one show on NBC for eight years (from 1984 to 1992) in the summer of 2005, he opened a nightclub in the French Quarter of New Orleans called "Oswald's Speakeasy," where he was often the featured performer. Also starring with Jay and Harry will be Opera House regulars Michael Genevie as Zuss and Lisa McConnell as J.B.'s wife, Sarah, along with a large and talented Opera House ensemble. Order your tickets now. JB is a sure-fire guaranteed SELL OUT!
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.”