Bucks County Playhouse
Bucks County Playhouse is is scheduled for a Bucks County sheriff’s sale on November 12, 2010.
The building was originally a grist mill. The Hope Mills burned and was rebuilt in 1790 by Benjamin Parry. It was renamed the New Hope Mills. (New Hope became the name of the town.)
In the 1930's, the mill was purchased by a group, including playwright, Moss Hart, and turned into a theatre. Renovations began in 1938, and an opening was scheduled for July 1939. Workers continued renovations right up until a few minutes before the theatre opened.
Performances featured well known stars of stage, screen and television. The Playhouse also became known as a pre-Broadway theatre premiering plays like Harvey, and Nobody Loves Me (Barefoot In The Park).
The list of actors that have appeared includes Kim Hunter, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Lillian Gish, June Lockhart, Grace Kelly, Bonnie Franklin, Kaye Ballard, Sandy Dennis, Robert Redford, Paul Lynde, Kevin McCarthy, Bert Lahr, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Klugman, Gale Gordon, Roddy McDowell, Liza Minnelli, Walter Matthau, Merv Griffin and Larry Hagman