Category Archives: Summer Theatre

Save The Date For The Cape!

We greatly admire The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, which opened in 1927—the very first summer playhouse! We at the Theatre Guild followed their arrival in 1931 with the opening of the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. Through the years we have produced many plays together, and have served on many summer playhouse councils together. They are a great example of American Theatre at its best!

In the 1920s, founder Raymond Moore wanted to create a summer theatre close to Boston and the more affluent Cape communities. He purchased 3 ½ acres of land fronting the Old King’s Highway in Dennis and found the abandoned 19th century Nobscussett meetinghouse located in another part of Dennis.Amazingly, Moore had the large meetinghouse hauled down the road and placed on its present site.

Before air conditioning, New York was unbearable in the summer. The theatres would close and people escaped the heat by traveling to the coastal resorts. By offering actors the prospect of paid summer work in a professional theatre, away from the heat of New York City, Moore convinced the big name stars to come perform at the new theatre.                                                         [from The Cape Playhouse website]

The Cape Playhouse is having a party celebrating their anniversary on August 16, 2015 from 6-8pm. If you live near or are visiting the Cape and would like to attend the event, click on the invitation below!
You can read more about The Cape Playhouse history on their website.

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Summers Are For Theatre!

I feel that summer theatres are hidden gems, located all over the country, just waiting to be discovered. The happiest time in my life was spent at the Westport Country Playhouse, where I acted with Tyrone Power in Lilliom in 1941. And then ran the Playhouse from 1949 for a number of seasons.

Summer theatre is so great, because you can do anything—there are no limitations!

Here is a list we found of theatres throughout the country with some fantastic shows you’ll likely want to see this summer. Because the list is so long (16 pages!), you can access or download it here:

It’s great because you can search by state, so you can see what’s going on in your state or any states that you may have plans to visit this summer!

Here’s a sample of what you will find:



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