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“Excellent Summer theatre”

New London Barn Playhouse
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Owner description: The New London Barn Playhouse is one of New England’s most cherished summer-stock theaters, presenting excellent theater created by emerging artists in collaboration with accomplished professionals. Actors and directors come together for three months each summer to create an unrivalled theater season noted for its fresh approach and talented acting company. The theater has served a large audience each summer since 1933 in New Hampshire’s beautiful Lake Sunapee region.
Lebanon, New Hampshire
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Summer theatre”
Reviewed March 25, 2012

Great productions with talented performers. Can get a little too warm on hot days.

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Grantham, New Hampshire
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“High school drama club revisited”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Small, poor seating in an area that seldoms has any special promotions. Very crowded . I suspect many neighbors bring their friends to view their acting ability. Attend when there is nothing going on and I am bored ....

Visited May 2011
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Berlin, Connecticut
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118 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful Summer Theater”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

Intimate, timeless... numerous great productions. Wonderful venue. Choose seats upstairs if possible, however, not really a bad seat in the house. Very reasonably priced. Nice restaurants nearby...

Visited December 2011
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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“One of the highlights of our summer in New Hampshire every year”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

We're Florida residents who lived in the Lake Sunapee area of New Hampshire for a few years before we moved to Florida. We've been spending summers here for 6 years and we attend every production at the New London Barn Playhouse. It really is one of the highlights of our summer.

The Barn Playhouse is open only during the summer. For the most part, the actors are interns (mostly college students majoring in theater or music), though occasionally Equity actors are brought in. I've heard that as many as 1,000 try out to be accepted for an internship at The Barn. Approximately 15 are selected as interns.

One might think that with college students as actors, the productions would be amateurish. Not so. Not at all. The sets are fabulous, the actors incredibly talented. We've seen productions such as Fiddler on the Roof, Art, South Pacific, the Producers, Harvey, Almost Maine, Evita, on and on.

If you're planning a trip to the beautiful Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire, be sure to include an evening at the Barn Playhouse. (There's not a whole lot to do around here in the evening, so make a night of it!) Most nights, the show is at 8pm. Dinner before works well. On Sunday, the show is at 5:00pm. There is a matinee on Wednesdays. Food and drink are not allowed in the theater; they do sell snacks during intermission.

Just be sure to arrive in time to hear the cow bell beckoning everyone to take their seats. Oh... and you can rent a seat cushion for a nickle!

Visited July 2011
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