Bucks County Playhouse: A very nice theater.... :)
The Bucks County Playhouse is a national landmark rich in theatrical history. Some of the biggest and brightest names in show business first got their start on its stage.
The building known as the Bucks County Playhouse was originally a grist mill. The Hope Mills, as they were first named, burned to the ground and were rebuilt in the year 1790 by local businessman, Benjamin Parry. This building was renamed the New Hope Mills and the town got a new name as well.
With the threat of this already historic building being torn down in the 1930's, the mill was purchased by a group of individuals, including playwright, Moss Hart, expressly for the purpose of performing live theatrical productions. Renovations began in 1938, and an official opening was scheduled for July 1, 1939. Workers continued renovations right up until a few minutes before the theatre opened its doors to the first paying customers. The first show performed was a drama, Springtime for Henry, starring the well known, Edward Everett Horton.
The list of actors and actresses that have appeared at Bucks County Playhouse is impressive. Kim Hunter, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Sara Seegar, Lillian Gish, June Lockhart, Frances Reid, Peggy McCay, Grace Kelly, Bonnie Franklin, Kaye Ballard and Sandy Dennis have all appeared in performances. A list of actors includes Farley Granger, Robert Redford, Paul Lynde, Kevin McCarthy, Bert Lahr, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Klugman, Gale Gordon, Roddy McDowell, Walter Matthau, Merv Griffin and Larry Hagman. Today the Bucks County Playhouse continues its tradition of performing quality musicals and dramas
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John & Peters: Go down under for the music!
John & Peters has built its reputation on fantastic up & coming artists. They also have a good series of the older classic artists on tap.
The music all happens downstairs. The small bar upstairs is devoted to drinking and mingling.
Dress Code: You are expected to wear clothes, outside of that anything goes. Normally jeans but anything from a boa to goth gown will work.
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Bucks County Playhouse: see a play
Once Upon A Mattress was playing when we were in town. Unfortunately we were only there for the day, so we didn't get to see a performance. These little community theaters are always fun on a summer night tho.
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choose one!: outdoor restaurants and bars
There are quite a few bars and resturants that have patio seating along the main street in New Hope. They are hotspots of activity and very inviting as you wander by. We happened to choose one called Fran's pub. It's located right by where all the bikers park so it was really loud, not that we really minded, but it might not be your thing.
Dress Code: no dress code, I'm not even positive you'd need to wear shoes.......
The Cartwheel: Fun and Fantasy, leave your politics at the door.
The Cartwheel is a Gay Nightclub. Straight people are welcome as long as you don't bring prejudices in with you.
Downstairs is total Disco. Queens abound in all their magnificent splendor.
On certain occassions they do a review
much akin to La cage au folle.
Upstairs you can relax a bit more in the piano bar. Enjoy your favorite cocktail, people watch and if you are really lucky listen to some renditions of Barbara.
Dress Code: Thw wilder the better.
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