Barter Theatre State Theatre of Virginia

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, photo by Barter Theatre


Barrett Guyton, Tour Coordinator and Associate Director of the Barter Players
Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24412-0867



Prices vary. Please inquire.


Fall – winter, annually


Each show requires different technical requirements. For more information, call Barter Theatre.


All ages


With its unique beginnings during the Great Depression, Barter Theatre, one of the nation's oldest professional non-profit theatres, is located in beautiful historic Abingdon, Virginia. Barter Theatre is a theatre of firsts: one of this nation's first professional regional theatres, the first professional theatre to be designated a state theatre – The State Theatre of Virginia – and more. Today, Barter offers a variety of musicals, classics, comedies, dramas and new southern and Appalachian plays performed February -- December yearly on two stages in Abingdon: Barter Theatre’s Gilliam Stage and Barter Stage II. Barter has a rich touring history having toured the Commonwealth of Virginia for over 50 years.


America’s longest-running Equity theatre proudly continues its touring tradition! Barter Theatre offers performances to high school, college and general audiences. Barter tours plays that are met with high accolades from its home audiences. Touring in 2018:
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

“Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," “Hound Dog" and more.

“Winner of Barter’s 2017 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.”
By Alice Stanley

In the midst of the first gruesomely violent event of the legendary Hatfield and McCoy feud, one woman does what she must to save her family. Sally McCoy tells a harrowing and deeply personal story which takes a hard look at how women’s stories and perspectives are too often excluded from our historical narratives. Set in August 1882, Sally’s three eldest sons are captured by the Hatfield clan. Sally defies her womanly place in the home and crosses miles of Appalachian wilderness in the dark of night to save her children from certain death at the vengeful hands of the Hatfields. After traveling all those miles alone, she arrives at the home of the Hatfield patriarch, “Devil” Anse Hatfield, and refuses to let anything stand in her way until she has seen the “Devil” face to face.

A policeman. A con man. An old friend. A blind woman. A lost doll. A murder.

A Suspense Thriller by Frederick Knott, Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her apartment. As the tensions mount, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion. “...goosepimply climax...a gripping finish."

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