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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

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


PLAYHOUSE MAINSTAGE: 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: April 3-19, 2014
Inspired by Neil Simon’s early career experience as a junior writer, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and his staff, including Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wacky antics which take place in the writers’ room. The harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince” in what is often considered one of Simon’s most enduring comic masterpieces.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: May 8-25
Master of comedy, Christopher Durang, takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender and mixes them up. The utterly hilarious and occasionally touching result is his latest play set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her hot young boyfriend, Spike, amid threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose presence irritates the imperious Masha.

My Fair Lady: June 12-July 13
This show is the standard by which all others are measured. My Fair Lady is triumphant. Henry Higgins, a Professor of Phonetics, encounters Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, one cold March night at Covent Garden market. He declares to his friend Colonel Pickering that in three months he could transform Eliza into a duchess. But at what cost? With memorable songs like “The Rain in Spain,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” it’s no wonder everyone falls in love with Eliza Doolittle.

Miss Saigon: July 24-August 24
From the creators of last summer’s hit musical Les Misérables comes another epic production about love and revolution. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. This raw and uncompromising international sensation is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad.

Music of James Bond: September 11-21
“Goldfinger,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “You Only Live Twice,” “Live and Let Die,” “Skyfall,” and countless other iconic songs about the world’s favorite spy comes to life on the Playhouse Mainstage. From Paul McCartney to Shirley Bassey to Gladys Knight and Adele, the music of James Bond has been recorded by some of the greatest vocalists of our time and this one-of-a-kind show brings their greatest hits together in one world premiere tour-de-force concert

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: October 2-26
Broadway’s greatest farce by Stephen Sondheim is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.

A Christmas Carol: November 20-December 21
The words of the Dickens classic come to life. This new, adventurous interpretation of A Christmas Carol takes the famous story and infuses it with laughter, love and a brand new score that celebrates the holiday season. With over a dozen new songs and exciting new characters, this world premier is a Christmas event for the whole family.

PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN: 125 S. Main, Hendersonville, NC 28729

Charlotte’s Web: March 13-23, 2014
This beautiful story about friendship is filled with enchanting characters: Wilbur, the rambunctious young pig who loves life; Fern, the girl who can understand animals; Templeton, the gluttonous rat; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte.

The Fantasticks: April 17-May 11
This is the longest-running production of any kind in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.

The Last Five Years: May 29-June 22
Jason Robert Brown’s contemporary musical The Last Five Years tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding “the one.” But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive...

Boeing Boeing: July 3-July 27
This classic farce recently revived on Broadway, features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time. Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a funny ride.

The Mystery of Irma Vep: August 14-September 14
Two actors take on numerous characters and even more costume changes in this hilarious satire of theatrical and literary genres. The Mystery of Irma Vep satirizes all that is ridiculous in Gothic horror, Victorian melodrama, classic film, and conventional theater.


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