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Flat Rock Playhouse: State Theatre of NC

Also See: Performing Arts Guide | Carl Sandburg Home | Hendersonville | Flat Rock Village | Tryon | Saluda | NC Stage Theatre

Flat Rock Playhouse
See professional theatre including Broadway musicals at Flat Rock Playhouse!

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock Playhouse is officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. It's located in the quaint village of Flat Rock (next door to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site), about 30 miles south of Asheville. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now an eight month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 80,000 patrons annually.

The barn-like appearance of the main stage facility is reminiscent of their summer stock beginnings, but today it houses state of the art lighting and sound systems, electronic stages,  costume studio/storage, and dressing room space for 40. The Auditorium seats 506 patrons in air-conditioned comfort. There is reserved seating for patrons with special needs and assistive listening devices are available at no additional charge.

Flat Rock Playhouse’s new downtown Hendersonville satellite theatre "Playhouse Downtown" is located at 125 South Main Street – steps away from downtown restaurants, bars and retail establishments.

For ticket information for Flat Rock Playhouse, go to the their Web site.

Directions from Asheville (approximately 30 minutes), near Hendersonville:

  • I-26 east to Exit #53, Upward Road
  • Turn right off the exit ramp (look for Playhouse sign)
  • Travel 2.5 miles to dead end at Greenville Highway
  • Turn left onto Greenville Highway (look for Playhouse sign)
  • Half mile to Flat Rock Playhouse on right

Also check out NC Stage Theatre in downtown Asheville.


  • Playhouse Mainstage: 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731
  • Playhouse Downtown Hendersonville: 125 S. Main, Hendersonville, NC 28729

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Hendersonville
Follow the yellow brick road for we’re off to see the Wizard this March as we kick off our 2015 season with The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edi6on. Journey over the rainbow into the merry old land of Oz with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto too as they jitterbug through the haunted forest, tangle with winged monkeys and confront the Wicked Witch of the West. Together, we’ll share in the timeless message that “there’s no place like home.” Bring your family and friends and visit us in our home at the Playhouse Downtown. Ruby slippers not required for this journey. The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour adaption for Young Performers.

May 7-31, 2015: ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE
Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
A country music superstar. A housewife from Houston. An unlikely and unforgettable bond. With such hits as Crazy, Walkin’ after Midnight, Sweet Dreams and I Fall to Pieces, Patsy Cline was the first country music singer to cross over to pop music, solidifying her position as a legendary icon for all time. But what you may not know is that she struck up a friendship with fan Louise Seger, with whom she corresponded until her untimely death in a plane crash at the age of 30. More than just a concert, Always...Patsy Cline is based on this true story of this relationship and features 27 of her hits. A heartwarming celebration of down home country humor, true emotion and timeless classics.

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Hendersonville
From the Tony Award winning Joe DiPietro, the author of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, All Shook Up and the smash musical Memphis, this uproarious family comedy centers around Nick Cristano and his Italian American grandparents, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma, as they scheme to thwart his upcoming move from Hoboken, New Jersey to Seattle. Faith, family and food are central themes in this long running Off Broadway hit which returns to Flat Rock Playhouse for the first time since it’s box office breaking run in 1999. Think you’ll find a more heart warming and hilarious show? Fuggedabout it.

Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
A satire on office politics and corporate culture, H2$ will have you humming memorable songs such as I Believe In You and The Brotherhood of Man for days! Armed with his handy book entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and unbridled charisma, Finch catapults from window washer to Chairman of the Board at the World Wide Wicket Company. However, when his ad campaign goes terribly awry, his job and new romance hang in the balance. Finch must rely on his own wits to save the day. This fun and hilarious musical is a story about the triumph of the common man.

July 9-26, 2015: DRIVING MISS DAISY
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Hendersonville
Both humorous and heartwarming, Driving Miss Daisy will leave you touched and wanting more. Atlanta, 1948. After demolishing yet another car, Daisy Werthan, a 72 year old, wealthy, Jewish woman is forced to rely on the services of a hired chauffer; a thoughtful and good-natured man named Hoke. Despite her rancor at the loss of her independence and initial prejudice toward her new driver, Daisy and Hoke develop a close, mutually dependent relationship spanning 25 years. Driving Miss Daisy is an evocative tribute to friendship and human dignity. Brilliantly absorbing and tender, this engaging and timeless story demonstrates the healing powers of love and friendship.

July 23-August 16, 2015: GYPSY
Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
Curtain up! Light the lights! Ready or comes Mama! Often referred to as the greatest American Musical, Gypsy brings to life the memoirs of real life vaudevillian, Gypsy Rose Lee, and her ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose. Rose is wildly determined to turn her two young daughters, Dainty June and Louise, into stars – at all cost. Relive the unforgettable moments made famous by the incomparable Ethel Merman with such showstoppers as Let Me Entertain You, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Let Me Entertain You and the dazzling and dizzying Rose’s Turn. Returning Vagabond Klea Blackhurst stars as Mama Rose.

August 20-September 6, 2015: CRIMES OF THE HEART
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Hendersonville
Meet Meg, Babe and Lenny, the Magrath sisters. Just your typical southern sisters who reconvene in their hometown of Hazlehurst, Mississippi at the home of their Old Grandaddy. Oh, but this is not your typical family reunion. Babe has just shot her abusive husband. And their mother has hung herself...and the beloved family cat. What unfolds is a beautifully rendered, often heartbreaking, often hilarious story of love, compassion and sisterhood. Offered for the first time ever on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage, Pulitzer Prize winning Crimes of the Heart promises to be a huge hit that you will not want to miss.

September 10-27, 2015: FLY
Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
An important and inspiring story about the experiences and challenges of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American flyers in the U.S. military during World War II. Hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa, and the Caribbean each arrive at boot camp with a dream to serve their country as combat fighter pilots. But they find that they must first combat racism and prejudice in the very military they have volunteered to serve. This raw tale of courage and triumph is brought to life through a powerful combination of speech, multi-media, and tap-dance. Revel in the accomplishments of these men and soar along with them as they achieve great heights of distinguished service and forged brotherhood.

October 1-25, 2015: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
Somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, way down on Highway 57, the Pump Boys sell high-octane gasoline, while the Dinettes serve up plenty of pie and sass at the Double Cupp diner next door. Come sit a spell as the Pump Boys and Dinettes share their stories of heartache and hilarity with songs, live-instruments, and even a kitchen utensil or two. Pump Boys and Dinettes is one of the most frequently requested shows by Flat Rock Playhouse audiences. It’s a countrified musical packed with original and highly entertaining, toe-tappin’ tunes, presented as a love song to family and friends, both old and new.

October 29-November 15, 2015: CATFISH MOON
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Hendersonville
Skipping school, skinny dipping, kissing your first girl and, of course, fishing off the pier out on the end of Cypress Lake. Rites of passage for childhood best friends Curley, Gordon and Frog. But life happens and time has driven a wedge between these now, middle aged men who have come together for one last overnight fishing trip to patch old wounds brought about by anger, jealousy and betrayal. Penned by Laddy Sartin, who hails from Rock Hill, South Carolina, this bodacious southern fried bro-mance of a comedy is sure to delight.

November 27-December 20, 2015: OLIVER!
Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
The Timeless and classic Dickensian tale of the poorhouse orphan boy who wanted more. Join us as we vividly bring to life the story of Oliver, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Nancy and the menacing Bill Sykes in our holiday offering at the Flat Rock Playhouse. This performance will feature the talents of local youth working alongside our professional company. Filled with such memorable songs such as Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and the hit As Long as He Needs Me, Oliver! is sure to delight your whole family this holiday season.


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