ⓘ Bucks County Playhouse. The Bucks County Playhouse is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania. When the Hope Mills burned in 1790, the grist mills were rebuilt as the ..

Bucks County Playhouse

ⓘ Bucks County Playhouse

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 Simons 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.


1. Memorable productions

July 1, 1939:

  • Bucks County Playhouse opening night- Springtime for Henry starring Edward Everett Horton.


  • Hume Cronyn starring in Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy.
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, starring George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart and Harpo Marx who actually spoke!, a memorable production from BCP producers Theron and Phyllis Bamberger


  • Helen Hayes and 16-year-old daughter Mary MacArthur who made her stage debut as a BCP Apprentice appeared in James M. Barries Alice Sit-by-the-Fire.


  • BCP Apprentice Grace Kelly makes her stage debut in playwright George Kellys The Torchbearers, followed by The Heiress.


  • Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn star together for the first time on stage in the pre-Broadway opening of The Fourposter.


  • Grace Kelly returned to the BCP, fresh from Broadway, television and Hollywood to star with Jerome Cowen in Accent on Youth.
  • Angela Lansbury graced the BCP stage in Affairs of State.


  • The Today Show broadcast live, with host Dave Garoway, from the BCP with an NBC radio simulcast which had never been done before in the US. It was national recognition for the Bucks County Playhouse.


  • Dick Van Dykes first dramatic stage appearance in BCPs Cradle and All and Robert Redfords first role at BCP in Tiger at the Gates.


  • Come Blow Your Horn was Neil Simons first play and made its world premiere at the BCP. Producers Michael Ellis and William Hammerstein, after Simons rewrites, took Come Blow Your Horn from BCP to Broadway.


  • James Daly and his family, seventeen-year-old Tyne, fifteen-year-old daughter Glynn and seven-year-old son Tim all appeared together in playwright Jean Kerrs first comedy, Jenny Kissed Me, in 1963. James Daly first starred in 1954s Millicents Castle and later in the 1962 hit The Advocate at the BCP. Tyne Daly started her career by performing in summer stock with her family, earned her Equity Card at age 15, and made her professional debut at the BCP.
  • Alan Alda appeared in Jean Kerrs King of Hearts, directed by James Hammerstein.
  • Barefoot in the Park Nobody Loves Me, Neil Simons third play, had its premiere at the theater starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. It was the first play that Mike Nichols ever directed which also led to his first Tony Award for Best Director Dramatic on Broadway in 1964.


  • Liza Minnelli stars in Time Out For Ginger by Ronald Alexander with Chester Morris.
  • The entire US and Canada heard all about the little town of New Hope, PA when The Arthur Godfrey Show, on CBS radio, originated from the stage of the BCP for two weeks while Mr. Godfrey starred in a revival of Thornton Wilders Our Town.
  • BCP Apprentice Rob Reiner worked on Sunday In New York starring Alan Alda, Bus Stop, The Choice is Murder, Broadway starring Merv Griffin, and A Perfect Frenzy by John D. Hess starring Shelley Berman


  • Bernadette Peters appeared in Riverwind, starring Robert Alda, directed by James Hammerstein.
  • George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst star in The Lion in Winter


  • John Lithgow Directed and/or acted in 4 shows at BCP: Sir in The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd, Dr.Talacryn in Hadrian VII and Captain Vale in The Magistrate which he also directed. Mr. Lithgow even directed a BCP revival of Barefoot in the Park in 1970 right before heading off to the bright lights of Broadway!


  • Give Em Hell Harry, world premiere starring James Whitmore- went on to Fords Theatre in Washington, DC.


  • Anne Jackson and Eli Wallachs two-week run of The House of Blue Leaves broke the Playhouses attendance record. Ms. Jackson starred in Dear Ruth, under the direction of Theron Bamberger, which provided the biggest profit in the 1947 season, and S.J. Behrmans witty comedy of the thirties, Biography, during the tenure of producer Walter Perner, Jr. in 1966.


  • Audra McDonald garners rave reviews as Aldonza in BCPs Man of La Mancha.


  • Actors Equity shows return to the BCP with Producing Director Jed Bernstein.
  • Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, directed by Gordon Greenberg, starring Justin Guarini, Garth Kravits, Lauren Molina, Jill Paice, Kevin Pariseau, and Mark Price
  • Barefoot in the Park, directed by Sheryl Kaller, starring Robert John Biedermann, Candy Buckley, Jonathan Hadary, Lee Aaron Rosen and Virginia Veale
  • Rodgers and Hammersteins A Grand Night for Singing, directed by Lonny Price, starring Courtney Balan, Ron Bohmer, Greg Bosworth, Erin Davie and Kenita R. Miller
  • Wycombe. Bucks County was originally much larger than it is today. Northampton County was formed in 1752 from part of Bucks County and Lehigh County was formed
  • Federal styles. Notable buildings include the Parry Mansion 1784 Bucks County Playhouse Wilkinson House, Logan Inn 1727 Delaware House 1818 Chattels
  • Minnelli played Ginger at the Bucks County Playhouse in 1964. Steve McQueen in Time Out For Ginger Bucks County Playhouse Liza Minnelli in Time Out For
  • the musical The Bridges of Madison County in 2014. He has directed plays and musicals at the Bucks County Playhouse as well as at regional theaters. He
  • Foster Bucks County Playhouse The World Premiere of Meet Me In Saint Louis: A Radio Play directed by Gordon Greenberg Bucks County Playhouse and It s
  • from a Gay Man and as Brad and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse directed by Hunter Foster. They have made appearances in pilots
  • ISBN 1 - 57912 - 390 - 2, p. 87 1965: Bucks County Playhouse Archived 2013 - 06 - 20 at the Wayback Machine, Bucks County Playhouse official website 2009 Nancy
  • closed after five performances. The cast included Ray Walston. The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania staged the play with Walter Matthau and
  • was played by Julie Benz in the movie She played Magenta in the Bucks County Playhouse production of Rocky Horror Show in October 2014. Nixon starred as
  • at Bucks County Playhouse directing Cinderella musical for the youth company. She has since directed Shrek The Musical Jr. for the playhouse along
  • Hope, the creek forms a scenic millpond and waterfall near the Bucks County Playhouse a former mill. The surrounding area features low, rolling hills
  • such as in the 1st National Tour of All Shook Up, Buyer and Cellar at Bucks County The Rocky Horror Show, and Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
  • Kathryn has performed in a production of The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse the state theatre of Pennsylvania in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She
  • Gallagher Levi Riverside Theatre 2016: Cake Off as Rita Bucks County Playhouse 2017: Mame as Mame Dennis Riverside Theatre Studio album Sweet
  • name, Raize, as his professional surname. He performed at the Bucks County Playhouse in Oklahoma as Jess Dream Curly The King and I as Lun Tha
  • Crookshank in a production of A Taste of Things to Come at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. In June 2016, she appeared in a small
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Bucks County Pennsylvania. She performed in shows at the Bucks County Playhouse as a child and in professional productions
  • Ending was then produced under its original title in 1960 at the Bucks County Playhouse That production starred Ruth Chatterton and Conrad Nagel. She was
  • appeared in Tiger at the Gates during the 1959 season of the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The principals were Hurd Hatfield and
  • Massachusetts, and the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope suburban Philadelphia Pennsylvania established in 1939 The Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut

  • Actress in a Play. The play was originally premiered in 2012 at Bucks County Playhouse before moving to Broadway. This new version is not connected to
  • Center, Bernstein served as the producing director of the Bucks County Playhouse in Bucks County Pennsylvania, and as the president of Above the Title Entertainment
  • unveiled in a ceremony at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Notable Bucks County residents including Pearl S. Buck took part, as did many
  • The Paper Mill Playhouse The North Shore Music Theater, The Sacramento Light Opera, The Bucks County Playhouse The Poconos Playhouse and with dozens
  • the field of production design until she met Irene Sharaff at the Bucks County Playhouse Sharaff invited her to California to assist her with costumes on
  • 27, 1953. Singer, Samuel L. August 18, 1953 Little Foxes at Bucks Playhouse The Philadelphia Inquirer. Dan, Seitz 2010 Off Broadway Musicals
  • each Penny strip. Haenigsen was also the director of the Bucks County Playhouse and the Playhouse Inn in New Hope, Pennsylvania. With the death of Bobby
  • other stock work included the Bucks County Playhouse Philadelphia s Playhouse in the Park, and Westport Country Playhouse On stage, in films, and especially
  • theatre credits include Show Boat and The Impossible Years at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania 1983 the musical Lucky in the Rain
  • the way for Colenback s acting career. An agent spotted him at Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania and persuaded him to try acting in New York. On

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