A former Unitarian Meeting House — pews still intact — combined with balmy summer nights, create a rich and intimate setting for a show at the Cape Playhouse. A tradition for many theatergoers, the playhouse has been alive with the sounds of Broadway since 1927 and is now proudly America’s oldest professional summer theater.
With high dreams of bringing theater to Cape Cod, Californian Raymond Moore purchased the 19th century building for $200, and transported it to a small pasture alongside what is now Route 6A in Dennis. The playhouse has since become known as “The Birthplace of the Stars” - giving actors Gregory Peck, Ginger Rogers and Humphrey Bogart their debuts. Lucky audience members might have caught sight of a young Bette Davis when she worked as an usher before her rise to fame.
The playhouse has come a long way since the ‘20s and is now entrenched with a rich history. The Raymond Moore Foundation oversees the 26-acre grounds surrounding the Playhouse, home to the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Cape Cinema, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and the Center Stage Café, which is open for lunch on matinee days, dinner Monday through Saturday, and for after-show snacks.
Renowned for its professional children’s theater, the Playhouse features magic shows, puppet shows, classic tales, and concerts, introducing young people to the joys of live theater.
Productions run from June through Labor Day, with performances Monday to Saturday evening, along with matinee performances on Wednesday and Thursday. Behind-the-scenes tours are also available during the season.
- Evening shows range between $30 and $80
- Children’s Theater tickets begin at $10
- Location: 820 Rt. 6A Dennis Village, MA
- Phone: 508-385-3911
- Website: www.capeplayhouse.com