Guide to 2014 Summer Theater in New Hampshire

The New London Barn Playhouse has been in existence for more than 80 years. Learn more about this legendary venue with the June 2014 feature by George Kelly.
photo by George Kelly

NH is home to some truly excellent theater. Whether you appreciate Shakespeare or Broadway, there's sure to be something happening that you'll love. Here you'll find, in alphabetical order, seasonal summer theater venues from across the state.

This summer you could spend a sunny afternoon with the family watching a production of "Shrek the Musical" at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth, experience "A Mid Summer Night's Dream" on a warm evening with Theatre Under the Stars, see an original work at The Players' Ring, enjoy a night at the opera with Opera North and much, much more.



Advice to the Players | Andy's Summer Playhouse | Barnstormers Theatre | Interlakes Summer Theatre | Jean's Playhouse | Leddy Center for the Performing Arts | New London Barn Playhouse | Opera North | The Palace Theatre | Peterborough Players | The Players’ Ring | Prescott Park Arts Festival | Seacoast Repertory Theatre | Theatre Under the Stars | Weathervane Theatre | The Winnipesaukee Playhouse


Advice to the Players

As Hamlet said in his advice to the players, “Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor” and head over to the Advice to the Players to hear the challenging but inspiring words of Shakespeare. Advice to the Players is an award-winning company that brings Shakespeare’s words to life every March, August and October in Sandwich. This company has been presenting Shakespeare performances and workshops in New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountain Region since 1999. The company is a mix of professionals, community members and teenagers.

Stay tuned for details on the July Second Stage play information - last year's "Midsummer Mirth Shakespeare Cabaret" was a big hit. In August "The Merry Wives of Windsor" comes alive at the Sandwich Fairgrounds and at the Town Hall Theatre. On October 25 head to the Barnstromers Theatre in Tamworth for "Shakespearian Idol 2014."

Click here or call (603) 986-6253 for information and tickets.

Andy's Summer Playhouse

June 28-August 16
Andy's Summer Playhouse features innovative plays by children but it's intended to be enjoyed by those of all ages. From the website: "Andy’s programs foster creative collaborations between children and professional artists who work in a variety of media: performance art, theater, dance, music, puppetry, video, set and lighting design and playwriting. In the forty years of its existence, Andy’s has grown from a summer play produced by two school teachers, to its current state as a fully equipped summer theater, with a staff of over 15 professional artists, involving over 250 children and over 3,000 audience members each year."

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • "The Strongest Girl in the World," June 28-July 26
  • "The Block," July 19-26
  • "Circumference - Around the World With Nellie Bly," July 19-27
  • "Phantasmagoria -or- Voices from the Ether,"Aug. 8-16

Click here or call (603) 654-2613 for information and tickets.

The Barnstormers Theatre

Located in the small village of Tamworth lies the only professional summer theatre company in America that still puts on eight full productions in eight weeks. Being one of three Equity theatres in NH, Barnstormers consists of over 40 professional actors, some of which have been performing at Barnstormers for 50 years.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” July 8-12
  • “The Glass Menagerie,” July 15-19
  • “One Man, Two Guvnors,” July 22-26
  • “Toad of Toad Hall,” July 29-August 2
  • “The Complete World of Sports (abridged),” August 5-9
  • “Be My Baby,” August 12-16
  • “The Mousetrap,” August 19-23
  • “Little Shop of Horrors,” August 26-30

104 Main St., Tamworth
(603) 323-8500
Click here for tickets and information

Interlakes Summer Theatre

This company seeks to bring a wide variety of productions, from children’s theatre to old classics, to the masses.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “Godspell,” June 24 - June 29
  • “42nd Street,” July 1 - July 13
  • “Miss Saigon,” July 15 - July 27
  • “Hello Dolly,” July 29 - August 10
  •  “The Wiz” August 12 - August 17

1 Laker Ln., Meredith.
Clcik here or call (888) 245-6375 for information and tickets.

Jean's Playhouse (Formerly the Papermill Theatre)

This North Country theatre has been open for 27 years and prides itself on bringing the community together. Over 150,000 locals have come out to support the theatre and each summer the children’s theatre entertains over 12,000 members of nearby communities. The new Jean's Playhouse (opened in the summer of 2012) features comfortable seating, a bigger lobby and better heating and air conditioning.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • "Nunsense," June 25-July 5
  • "Little Shop of Horrors," July 9-26
  • "Spamalot," July 30-August 16
  • "The 39 Steps," August 20-30
  • “Forever Plaid,” September 10-27
  • “Greater Tuna,” October 1-18

34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln
Click here or call (603) 745-2141 for information on summer show and tickets.

Leddy Center Classes

Getting your kids involved with music is a great way for them to meet new people and express themselves.

The Leddy Center for the Performing Arts offers three different summer theater camps. Choose from:

  • Voice camp with Mary Gatchell from June 23–July 3: Ages 6-9 from June 23-27 and ages 10-14 from June 30-July 3
  • Mini-Musical Camp I with Jennifer Solomon from July 28-August 1 Ages 5-7
  • Mini-Musical Camp II with Melissa Ransdell from July 28-August 1 Ages 8-10

An added bonus are all of the new renovations made to the theatre including a larger and deeper stage area, expanded seating capacity, and premium heating and cooling. Age requirements and prices vary.

See "Guys and Dolls" from July 11-27

The Leddy Center for the Performing Arts
38 Ladd’s Ln., Epping.
Click here or call (603) 679-2781 for more information.

New London Barn Playhouse

One of the oldest summer stock theatres in the country, the New London Barn Players combine emerging talent with seasoned professionals to produce quality theatre. Although some things have changed since its 1933 opening (such as the fifty-cent tickets) Mr. Holmes’ core mission still stands true - “To establish…a theatre group presenting dramas of stimulating artistic and literary merit.”

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “56th Annual Straw Hat Revue,” June 5-8
  • “A Little Night Music,” June 11-22
  • “Damn Yankees,” June 25-July 13
  • “Monty Python's Spamalot,” July 16-27
  • “Over the Pub,” July 30-Aug. 3
  • “Kiss Me, Kate,” Aug. 6-16
  • “Dial 'M' for Murder,” Aug. 20-Aug. 31
  • Select Mondays see NL Barn Intern Idols
  • Select Thursdays and Saturdays feature the children's theater series

84 Main St., New London
Click here or call (603) 526-6710 for information and tickets.

Opera North

Augst 5-19
Renowned opera stars share the stage with fresh talent — sans microphones — in this company. This intimate 710-seat theatre brings 20-25 of the best singers together to add to the already impressive repertoire of Opera North.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “La Traviata," Aug. 5, 9, 15 and 20
  • “Street Scene,” Aug. 12, 14 and 17
  • “My Fair Lady,” Aug. 2, 8, 13, 16 and 19

51 North Park St., Lebanon.
Click here or call (603) 448-4141 for information.

The Palace Theatre

The Palace Professional Theatre for Children Series takes the stage this summer at one of New Hampshire’s most well known and historic theatres. The beautiful 840-seated theatre is the only one of it’s kind in the area. The children’s series will have you and your children leave the theatre singing.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," May 27-June 11
  • "Rapunzel," July 8-10
  • "The Wizard of Oz," July 15-17
  • "Cinderella," July 22-July 24
  • "Peter Pan," July 29-31
  • "The Little Mermaid," Aug. 5-7
  • "Aladdin," Aug. 12-14
  • Beauty and the Beast," Aug. 19-21

80 Hanover St., Manchester
Click here or call (603) 668-5588 for an updated list of plays and ticket information.

Peterborough Players

A true rustic theatre company, the Peterborough Players was founded in 1933 and perform in an 18th-century barn to this day, but don’t worry - there’s air conditioning. Each season seven main stage productions are showcased and two second company children shows.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “Family Secrets,” June 25-July 6
  • "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” July 9-20
  • “The Granite State,” July 23-Aug. 3
  • “The Circle,” Aug. 6-17
  • “The Voysey Inheritance,” Aug. 20-31
  • "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline," Sept. 3-14
  • TBA, Sept. 17-21

Second Company Children's Shows:

  • "The Emperor's New Clothes," June 28, July 4-5, 11-12, 16, 18-19 and 25-26
  • "Little Women" Aug. 23, 25-26 and 29-30

55 Hadley Rd., Peterborough
Click here or call (603) 924-7585 for information and tickets.

The Players’ Ring

The Players’ Ring aims to promote local artists by performing only original works at an affordable price. Every year, the board of directors selects the production companies that will win a spot on the mainstage. Over 30 local production companies have presented their original works at “The Ring” and many of them return. There will also be Tuesday Night Improv from improv troupe Stranger than Fiction.

Stay tuned for what new original play will be chosen this year. "Taming of the Shrew" is playing from May 30-June 15

105 Marcy St., Portsmouth
Click here or call (603) 436-8123 for information and tickets.

Prescott Park Arts Festival

Seacoast summer tradition since 1974. Held in the waterfront Prescott Park, the festival offers a full summer of events that are family appropriate. This festival has had much success reaching over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 productions.

Summer 2014 Performances: “Shrek The Musical" shows every Thursday-Sunday from June 27 to August 24.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Seacoast Repertory Theatre

6/13–8/27 (shows continue into the fall and winter as well)
This award-winning professional performance space once acted as the warehouse for the Portsmouth Brewing Company in the '70s but has since made a great addition to the seacoast community’s theatre life.

Summer 2014 Performances:

125 Bow St., Portsmouth
Click here or call (603) 433-4472 for information and tickets.

Theatre Under the Stars

June - August (Exact dates are TBA)
Under the Stars is a professional outdoor classical Shakespeare theatre company. In July and August they host a summer festival with outdoors and rainy-day indoor stages spread out across Waterville Valley, Plymouth and Manchester.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “Measure for Measure”
  • “Twelfth Night”
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • “Comedy of Errors”
  • "Interactive Dracula"

Clcik here for more information.

Weathervane Theatre

The Weathervane Theatre brings Broadway all the way to North Country New Hampshire for its 49th season this summer. Weathervane is the only professional alternating theatre repertory theatre in the country, producing seven shows in eight weeks – a different show every night.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “Annie,” July 8-9, 14, 18, 24 and Aug. 2
  • “The 39 Steps, ” July 10-11, 16, 19, 25, 29 and Aug. 4
  • “Cotton Club,” July 12, 15, 17, 21, 30, Aug. 12 and 28
  • “Mary Poppins,” July 22-23, 26, 28, Aug. 8, 16, 21 and 27
  • “God of Carnage," July 31-Aug. 1, 6, 11 and 19
  • “Next to Normal," August 5, 7, 9, 13 and 25
  • “Memphis,” August 14-15, 18, 20, 23, 25-26 and 29
  • Best of 2014 Show on Aug. 30

389 Lancaster Rd., Whitefield
Click here or call (603) 837-9322 for information and tickets.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse

The Playhouse is a non-profit, award-winning theatre churning out high-energy shows. Newer to the theatre scene, The Playhouse was founded in 2004, but is still considered a gem to central NH.

Summer 2014 Performances:

  • “The Foreigner,” June 25-July 5
  • “The Importance of Being Earnest,” July 9-19
  • “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” July 23-Aug. 2
  • “Any Other Name,” Aug. 6-16
  • “Talley's Folly,” Aug. 20-30

50 Reservoir Rd., Meredith
Click here or call (603) 366-7377 for information and tickets.

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