Very few small theater organizations have a space as cool as the Bucks County Playhouse to call their own. Nestled on the banks of the Delaware River, this former grist mill dates back to 1790, when it was known as New Hope Mills. Interestingly enough, the town itself changed its name from Coryell’s Ferry to New Hope in honor of the mill. In the 1930s, the building was slated for demolition, but a group of locals—including legendary Broadway playwright Moss Hart (who wrote A Star Is Born, among others) banded together to save it.
In 1939, the Bucks County Playhouse opened with a widely-acclaimed production of Springtime For Henry. Over the next few decades, the Playhouse earned its reputation as America’s most famous summer theater, drawing acting royalty from multiple generations to perform. Sadly, the original theater closed in 2010, but the nonprofit Bridge Street Foundation dedicated funds to renovating and re-opening it in 2012. Since then, the Bucks County Playhouse has resumed its mission of presenting high-quality theater in a gorgeous auditorium.