Bucks County Playhouse: Some of the most illustrious performers have played the stage of the Bucks County Playhouse, many making second and third returns to this beloved icon and It’s history plays out like a rich theatrical performance. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, the original structure was built in 1790 by Benjamin Perry. It was a re-build of his mill – Hopes Mills – which had burned to the ground. It was the newly christened New Hope Mills and it’s courageous owner that caused such inspiration that the village which had long been known as Coryell’s Ferry changed its moniker to New Hope.
In the 1930s, New Hope Mills was facing certain demise when Kenyon Nicholson and area resident Moss Hart purchased the building with thoughts of creating a playhouse. By 1938 the renovations had begun. On July, 3 1939 the first staged performance of “Springtime for Henry” starring Edward Everett Horton was given. With that performance, the Bucks Playhouse officially became a summer theater where budding talent dreaming of Broadway began their careers to rave reviews.
Starting on their path to stardom Angela Lansbury, Grace Kelly, Dick Van Dyke and Walter Matthau, among a host of other notables including Harpo Marks – who actually spoke during his performance – appeared on the now noteworthy stage. The Bucks County Playhouse kept the stage filled and audiences applauding until it’s door were sadly closed in 2010. But, like the proverbial cat with nine lives, The Bridge Street Foundation became its benefactor and they set about to restore the theatre to its former status as “America’s Most Favorite Summer Theater” and beyond that to stage year round events.
Exactly 73 years and a day after it’s original opening, the theatre reopened its doors to new rave reviews. Tyne Daly and Andrea McArdle, just to name-drop, were just two of the faithful alums to return in support of the revitalization. Many new performers also joined on the stage, such as James Earl Jones, Bebe Neuwirth, Marsha Mason and Marilu Henner to name a few. The theatre is now thriving. It operates year round, and boasts of more than 50,000 audience members annually.
You can be one of the select audience members at this historical icon, while also enjoying a getaway from the stressors of life. A visit to Bridgeton House on the Delaware offers the perfect landing spot for your Bucks County Getaway. Add the Spring Playdate Package to your stay to enjoy discounted tickets to Bucks County Payhouse. Spring Playdate Package expires June, 2015.