The Cape Playhouse, in Dennis village, is proud to be America’s oldest professional summer theatre, and celebrates over 80 seasons in a former 19th century Unitarian Meeting House, which was converted into its present form in 1927. Californian actor and playwrite Raymond Moore purchased the building for $200, then moved it to its present location just off the Old King’s Highway in Dennis. He even kept the original pews, which are now used as seats for the audience.
The fabulous actress Bette Davis actually worked here as an usher before making her professional stage debut on these very boards. Other stars who began their careers at the Playhouse include Gregory Peck, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Humphrey Bogart, Helen Hayes, Julie Harris & Jane Fonda. This would explain why it is also known as “The birthplace of the Stars”.
These days, New York’s Broadway provides most of the stars for the summer season, but every so often you can still a very familiar face either from the movies or TV.
2010 season kicks off with a surprise show (yet to be announced) on June 7th, followed by “The 39 Steps” on June 21st. Also this year you can catch “Hairspay”, which runs from July 19th to August 7th.
We are very privileged to have access to this wonderful venue just minutes from our mid-Cape bed and breakfast inn, and we love to catch a show whenever we get the chance – maybe you should too!