Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope

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The Bucks County Playhouse is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

When the Hope Mills burned in 1790, the grist mills were rebuilt as the New Hope Mills by Benjamin Parry. The town was renamed for the mills.

The building was saved from demolition in the 1930s and purchased and run by a group including playwrights Moss Hart and Kenyon Nicholson. Renovations converting the building into a theatre began in 1938. The first show opened there on 1 July 1939, Springtime for Henry featuring Edward Everett Horton.

The Bucks County Playhouse became a summer theater. It was the starting point for many actors and became a place where plays slated for Broadway were tried out. Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park had its premiere at the theater in 1963, starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. Other notable actors who performed at the theater over the years include Bela Lugosi, Dick Van Dyke, Tyne Daly, Grace Kelly, Angela Lansbury, and Walter Matthau.
The Bucks County Playhouse Conservancy, a public/private partnership, raised sufficient funds to regain the property following a 2010 foreclosure. Following an extensive renovation, the theater reopened on July 2, 2012.
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  • With many New Jerseyans not willing to venture out to Philadelphia or New York to see a performance this venue is a real option. We liked it each time we visited and our adventure started years ago... 
    With many New Jerseyans not willing to venture out to Philadelphia or New York to see a performance this venue is a real option. We liked it each time we visited and our adventure started years ago...  more »
  • We attended the opening night of the Marilu Henner show o. Saturday evening. We had a great time. The theater is excellent. This is NYC Broadway quality entertainment in the center of New... 
    We attended the opening night of the Marilu Henner show o. Saturday evening. We had a great time. The theater is excellent. This is NYC Broadway quality entertainment in the center of New...  more »
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  • Great service. Good food and drinks. Beautiful views of river. We only snacks and drinks. Maybe one day we go to see a show
  • I absolutely LOVE this place, it's so cool! An old grist mill turned playhouse theater- can't beat that! And the staff are super friendly and very helpful. But I must say, my FAVORITE aspect is the orchestra "pit" located ABOVE the audience in a BALCONY on the lefthand side of the theater! This place has me head-over-heels! PLUS, there's tons of history in the immediate area. This town is amazing, and so beautiful. I highly recommend to EVERYONE😍❤️🥰

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