Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Central and Western Virginia Nightlife

Barter Theatre

  • 127 W. Main St. Map It
  • Abingdon
  • Theater

Fodor's Review

From February through the Christmas season, audiences flock to the prestigious Barter Theatre, America's longest-running professional repertory theater. Founded during the Depression by local actor Robert Porterfield, the theater got its name in the obvious way: early patrons who could not afford the 40 tickets could pay in produce. Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty, and Gregory Peck are among the many stars who began their careers at the Barter, which today presents classics,

dramas, comedies, musicals, and new and Appalachian works. Although times have changed since Noël Coward was given a Virginia ham for his contributions, patrons can still barter for their seat a few times a year. But don't just show up at the box office with a bag of arugula—all trades must be approved by advance notice.

Read More

Entertainment Information

Address:

127 W. Main St., Abingdon, Virginia, 24210, United States

Map It

Phone:

276-628–3991

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement