Guide to 2017 Summer Theater in New Hampshire




Photo by John Hession
Andy's Summer Playhouse features outstanding plays performed by talented children.

NH is home to some truly excellent talent and venues. 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 "Mary Poppins" at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth, experience Shakespeare's eternal brilliance at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, see an original work at The Players' Ring, enjoy a night at the opera with Opera North and much, much more.

 

Venues:

Advice to the Players | Andy's Summer Playhouse | Barnstormers Theatre | Hatbox Theatre | Interlakes Summer Theatre | Jean's Playhouse | Leddy Center for the Performing Arts | M&D Playhouse | 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

July-August
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 spring and summer in Sandwich and North Conway. This talented group of Shakespeare enthusiasts 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.

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


Andy's Summer Playhouse

July 20-August 19
Andy's Summer Playhouse features innovative plays by children but they're intended to be enjoyed by those of all ages. From the website: "Andy’s Summer Playhouse exists to provide a safe environment for children to experience and learn about all aspects of the performing arts, with the goal of creating innovative theater for the surrounding community.  Andy’s emphasizes education and community building, encouraging all participants to explore their own creativity."

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • "George/Melissa, So Far" People see George as a boy, but she knows she's a girl. She thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever, but a school performance of "Charlotte's Web" sparks a series of events that help her reveal her true self. Opening night, Thursday July 20, 7:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. shows July 21-28; matinées at 2 p.m. July 23 and 26; closing night 5 p.m. July 29
  • "The Amazing Adventures of Arianna Astronaut" Arianna loves the stars and her space helmet. She doesn't love her noisy city, crazy classroom with so many voices and colors or being told no. Arianna has autism, and her helmet helps her escape when the world gets overwhelming. This show tours various venues with opening and closing nights at Andy's Summer Playhouse. Opening night July 25 at 7:30 p.m.; closing night August 14 at 5 p.m. Click here for tour dates and venues.
  • "Posted" A young girl moves from her New Hampshire home all the way to the west coast, where she has to navigate making new friends and the sometimes not-so-friendly realm of social media. Opening night August 10 at 7:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. shows August 11-19; 2 p.m. matinées August 13 and 16

Click here or call (603) 654-2613 for information, tickets and details on other programs such as the Andy's Academy workshops, the apprenticeship program and more.

582 Isaac Frye Hwy., Wilton


The Barnstormers Theatre

June 29-September 2
Located in the small village of Tamworth, the Barnstormers is one of the longest-running professional summer theatres in the country. The company was founded in 1931 by Francis Cleveland, the youngest son of President Grover Cleveland, Francis’s wife Alice and their friend Ed Goodnow – all of whom were involved with theatre on Broadway. Today, The Barnstormers is one of three Equity theatres in New Hampshire, and consists of over 40 professional actors, some of which have been performing at Barnstormers for 50 years.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • “Spamalot," June 29-July 8
  • “The Ghost Train,” July 13-22
  • “My Three Angels,” July 27-August 5
  • "Toward Zero,” August 10-19
  • “Driving Miss Daisy,” August 24-September 2

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


Hatbox Theatre

Boundary-pushing black box theatres may seem like a luxury reserved for college campuses and big cities but, with the opening of Hatbox Theatre last year, Concord has recently gained one of its own. The 99-seat space (located in a former Coldwater Creek in the Steeplegate Mall) hosts a wide variety of theatrical and performing arts productions throughout the year, from one-act plays to magic shows by the theater’s owner, Absolutely Magic’s Andrew Pinard.

Catch a pair of one-act plays from August 4-13 and, from August 18-27, a trio of short works by New Hampshire playwrights Jane Hunt, George Kelly and Alan Lindsay.

Concord, hatboxnh.com


Interlakes Summer Theatre

July 5-August 20
This company seeks to bring the Lakes Region a wide variety of productions, from children’s theatre to classic favorites.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," July 5-16
  • “South Pacific," July 19-30
  • "Cats," August 2-13
  • “Gypsy,” August 16-20

1 Laker Ln., Meredith.
Click here or call (603) 707-6035 for information and tickets.


Jean's Playhouse

June-October
This North Country theatre has been open for 31 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. Jean's Playhouse is home to many concerts and events throughout the year, but stop by in the summer and fall for great theatre.

Summer 2017 Performances:

Information coming soon - check back here for information on the 2017 June-October season.

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


Leddy Center Classes

June 19-July 28
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 different summer theater camps. Choose from:

  • Summer Camp Sing Out I (ages 6-9) with Mary Gatchell June 19-22 (3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Summer Camp Sing Out II with Mary Gatchell (ages 10-14) June 26-June 30 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • Mini-Musical Camp I with Melissa Opalka  (ages 5-7) from July 24-28 (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
  • Mini-Musical Camp II with Melissa Opalka (ages 8-10) from July 24-28 (12 p.m.-2 p.m.)

Summer musical title: "Annie" (July 7-23)

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


Little Church Theater

This Holderness venue — located in, sure enough, a small former church — has a knack for fun productions and bold choices.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • "Dixie Swim Club" (June 29-July 1)
  • "[title of show]" (July 13-16 and 20-23)
  • "Sylvia" (August17-20)

Little Church Theater
Route 113, Holderness
littlechurchtheater.com


M&D Playhouse

Tucked away in a strip mall on the edge of the White Mountains, North Conway’s M&D Playhouse has quietly amassed a reputation in its 17-year history for staging some of the most challenging theatre in the state. Daring past productions include “Equus” and “Glengarry Glen Ross”.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" (July 20-August 5)
  • “The Papermaker,” the 2015 debut play from Maine author Monica Wood, (August 24-September 9)
  • "The Last Romance" (September 28-October 14)

M&D Playhouse
1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
Click here or call (603) 733-5275 for more information.


New London Barn Playhouse

June 15-September 4
One of the oldest summer stock theatres in the country, the New London Barn Players combine emerging talent with seasoned professionals to produce high 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 2017 Performances:

  • “Godspell,” June 14-25
  • “The Secret Garden,” June 28-July 9
  • “Souvenir,” July 12-16
  • “West Side Story,” July 19-August 6
  • “All Shook Up,” August 9-20
  • “On Golden Pond,” August 23-September 3
  • Select Mondays (July 3, 24 and August 14) see NL Barn Intern Idols
  • Children's Theater Series at the Barn: The 2017 Children’s Theater Series consists of 5 shows performed by the Barn’s own Junior Intern Company.

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


Opera North

July 29-August 13
Opera North (ON) is in its 35th season in the Upper Valley. Opera North is a non-profit, professional opera company serving residents of this region and beyond. Throughout its 35-year existence, ON has focused on bringing classical music theater to this region in its myriad of styles and through the nurturing of talent. Opera North is the only full-time opera company in the tri-state region of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine that stages original productions.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • Puccini's "Madam Butterfly," August 4, 6, 11 and 13
  • Offenbach's “La Belle Hélène," August 1, 3, 5 and 9
  • Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate," July 29, August 2, 5, 8, 10 and 12

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


The Palace Theatre

July 11-August 31
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 2017 Performances:

  • "Peter Pan," July 11-13
  • "Wizard of Oz," July 18-20
  • "Cinderella," July 25-27
  • "The Little Mermaid," August 1-3
  • "Aladdin," August 8-10
  • "Pinocchio," August 22-24
  • "Alice in Wonderland," August 29-31

Also, don't miss the 2017 Summer Children's Series including events like Magician BJ Hickman (July 5-6)

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


Peterborough Players

June 22-September 18
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. Though the summer season is a must, the Players are now offering a full year of events.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • “The Whipping Man,” June 21-July 2
  • "Constellations,” July 5-16
  • “Arsenic and Old Lace,” July 19-30
  • “The Producers,” August 2-13
  • “The Doctor's Dilemma,” August 16-27
  • "Wittenberg," August 30-September 10
  • "Comedy Tonight!" A special stand-up comedy event by Jane Condon, September 13-17

Second Company Children's Shows:

  • "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," June 24, 30 and July 1, 7-8, 12, 14-15, and 21-22
  • "James and the Giant Peach," August 19-22 and 25-26

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


The Players’ Ring

June-August
The Players’ Ring aims to promote local artists by performing original works at an affordable price. Each winter, The Players' Ring holds the Producers' Meeting where theatrical artists of all types come to propose plays and performance pieces for the upcoming season, including the Late Night Summer Season.

2017 Late Night Summer Season

  • "Tape," June 23-July 2
  • "Lab Rats," July 7-16
  • "Junior's Sporting a Mohawk," July 21-30
  • "Heist," August 4-13
  • "Living Through," August 18-27

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


Prescott Park Arts Festival

June-August
A delightful s summer tradition since 1974. Held in the waterfront Prescott Park, the festival offers a full summer of events that are family appropriate. Live theater is highlighted here, but the festival includes much more, including outdoor movies, music, a fairy house tour, chowder fest, road race, chili cook-off, brew fest and other entertainment and special events.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • “Mary Poppins" shows every Thursday-Sunday from June 23 to August 20. Thursday and Sunday shows will begin at 7 p.m. while Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. At each show you can buy a table, reserve a blanket and even order a pizza.
  • Check out Camp ENCORE, where performers, artists and aspiring technicians, ages 8-17, all work together towards a common goal - a fully produced musical presented at the end of each session. The event runs from June 26-July 30.
  • Prescott Park also hosts Camp Overture from July 5-16. It is a great way to learn about playing in a Broadway pit orchestra!

Click here for tickets and more information.


Seacoast Repertory Theatre

All year
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. Though there are performances all year long, Portsmouth is a popular summer destination, and it would be a shame to leave out this excellent theatre. While you're in town to soak up some summer seaside life, stop in at the Rep for an excellent show. The Rep also offers various youth workshops and classes throughout the summer.

Summer/Fall 2017 Performances:

  • “Rock of Ages," May 5-28
  • "Spamalot," June 23-July 30 (PG-13)
  • "Jane Eyre," September 15-October 8 (suitable for all ages)

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


Theatre Under the Stars

June - August
Theatre 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 and Plymouth.

Summer 2017 Performances: TBA Check back soon for details.

Click here for more information.


Weathervane Theatre

July 8-September 2
The Weathervane Theatre brings Broadway all the way to North Country New Hampshire for its 52nd 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. See the full calendar here.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • "Hairspray," opens July 11
  • "The Dining Room," opens July 13
  • "The Last Five Years," opens July 15
  • “Gypsy," opens July 24
  • “Seussical," opens August 1
  • “Inherit the Wind," opens August 10
  • “West Side Story," opens August 21
  • "Bubble & Squeak," the Weathervane's traditional summer opening on July 8 is your first chance to see the talents of the Season 52 Company.
  • "Best of 2017," end the season on September 2 with a compilation of all the best scenes and songs from 2017.

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


The Winnipesaukee Playhouse

June 14-September 9 (and all year long)
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. You can catch performances all year long, but there's something extra special about catching a show on a warm summer evening after a day spent on the lake. The Playhouse also offers some excellent summer youth educational camps and other programming.

Summer 2017 Performances:

  • “The Rocky Horror Picture Show," June 14-24
  • “High Society," June 28-July 15
  • “The Hound of the Baskervilles," July 19-29
  • “The Graduate," August 2-12
  • “Round and Round the Garden," August 16-26
  • "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," August 30-September 9

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

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