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Barter Theatre

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Address: 127 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210-2809
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+1 276-628-3991
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 20:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 20:00

Located 3 miles from I-81, exit 17 in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia....

Located 3 miles from I-81, exit 17 in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia. Founded in 1933, Barter Theatre offers professional, repertory theatre, 17-19 productions per year, and two unique stages: Barter Main Stage and Barter Stage II. Recognized as the premiere theatre in the region, Barter launched the careers of such notable actors as Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal and Ernest Borgnine. Enjoy classics, comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals. Group rates and packages with fine Abingdon restaurants and lodging available. Stop in The Barter Café and gift shop. Open Feb. – Dec. Call or go on-line for performance schedule.

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Part of the reason we moved here!

We moved to this area 13 years ago due to a job change. On our initial visit we came to Abingdon and saw a play. We were so impressed! I've seen plays in many large cities but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Abingdon, Virginia
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Abingdon, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We moved to this area 13 years ago due to a job change. On our initial visit we came to Abingdon and saw a play. We were so impressed! I've seen plays in many large cities but am still amazed at the quality of the Barter Theater productions. I especially like their musicals.

Thank jjsmorris
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Barter Theater is a little gem!! The performance of Footloose was inspiring, entertaining, and of excellent quality. I would recommend a stop here when in town!

Thank Julie M
Bluff City, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I treated my husband to a surprise date night here 2 weeks ago and we were shocked that we have been living less then 20 miles from The Barter. We have only lived Bristol for 3 years now, we will be relocating in a year, and it saddens me to know that we have been missing out on some of... More 

Thank msguysnead
Martinsville, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I managed to go 26 years without seeing a play, and I'm glad my first time was at Barter Theatre. Everything, from the actors/actresses skills, the costumes and makeup, and the set, was just absolutely wonderful. These talented people made Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream almost seem like reality. Thank you for showing such tremendous respect to one of my favourite... More 

Thank Rghogan
Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful theatre, great play. Wonderful town. Will be back. Seats are comfortable, actors are talented. Felt like we were in London

Thank Sharon M
Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In tonight’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the role of Bottom was portrayed with a larger than life performance. The actor showed total commitment to his role including an impromptu loud blast of flatlulence at a critical moment in the second act that engendered an uneasy audience reaction and some wrinkled noses in the first row. The thespian’s reverberations... More 

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Haymarket, Virginia
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Saw Mama Mia on closing night! The cast was energetic and the performance was well done. Love the ole style charm of the theater with the velvet wallpaper! Would like to see new seats, more comfortable and not so tightly packed! But all in all a lovely evening an I would recommend going for wonderful entertainment in an old style... More 

1 Thank write4jan
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The best repertoire closest to northeastern Tn. It's the longest running stage theater there is in the country. If you love musical shows like the ones in Broadway, pays between $*10-40 (*promotional rates), then this place is a must go-to if you happen to be around Abingdon.

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Gray, Tennessee
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

It was my first time there last Friday, we had tickets with some friends. Fourth row in the balcony. I also saw the show off Broadway in New York, the cast especially Rose did a great job. Better than I expected Shout Out we will be back

Thank J T
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This setting is really good. Very professional presentation. The theater is historic and somewhat intimate. I suspect most of their presentations are done well. The legroom is typical for any theater like this. All the staff was friendly and helpful.

Thank David P

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