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Barter Theatre

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Address: 127 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210-2809
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+1 276-628-3991
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 20:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 20:00

Located 3 miles from I-81, exit 17 in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia....

Located 3 miles from I-81, exit 17 in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia. Founded in 1933, Barter Theatre offers professional, repertory theatre, 17-19 productions per year, and two unique stages: Barter Main Stage and Barter Stage II. Recognized as the premiere theatre in the region, Barter launched the careers of such notable actors as Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal and Ernest Borgnine. Enjoy classics, comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals. Group rates and packages with fine Abingdon restaurants and lodging available. Stop in The Barter Café and gift shop. Open Feb. – Dec. Call or go on-line for performance schedule.

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Wonderful Talent..Rich History..

We have a second home in this area. Friend and family love it when we treat them to an evening or matinee at the Barter Theatre. The Theatre not only has a rich history, it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 August 2015
Cathy j
Islamorada, Florida
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Islamorada, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

We have a second home in this area. Friend and family love it when we treat them to an evening or matinee at the Barter Theatre. The Theatre not only has a rich history, it produces wonderful entertainment....local and popular wanted artists pass through. We have taken our grands several times to their children's programs..and have made many wonderful memories... More 

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Ringgold, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

For several months, we'd made plans to return to the Barter, this time to see The Blind Man's Tale. If you've not seen it, I won't spoil it for you, but let me just say that the storyteller and musicians are some of the finest we've ever heard! I'm still hearing the music in my head two weeks later! Without... More 

Thank RandAHensley
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

The Barter Theatre IS the STATE THEATRE of Virginia. This is professional theatre staffed by members of the Actor's Equity Association and associated with the League of Resident Theatres... compare to Flat Rock Playhouse (NC). These venues feature performances done by REAL career actors. This is Not ALL local amateurs playing at theatre although occasionally there are children or local... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

We recently had a group at the Barter Theatre to see "Mary Poppins." It was the highlight of our trip. Everyone from the sales staff to the ushers were excellent. The show itself was outstanding. We have been to the theatre several times, and i don't think there is a bad seat in the house. The Barter is definitely on... More 

Thank Touch of Class
Christiansburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

Four grown ups...Friday night in August 2015, We saw a play called Southern Fried Nuptials. Was a wonderful play about a family in Georgia who was recovering from the loss of their husband/father. The youngest daughter of a GA woman was marrying her high school sweetheart and the play centers around the days leading up to the wedding. This play... More 

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Grundy, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

I've been to two shows at the Barter, A Blind Man's Tale (08/2015) and Southern-Fried Nuptials (08/2015). Both shows were very endearing. SFN was very cute and had a perfect balance of laughing at and laughing with southern culture. A Blind Man's Tale is truly an unforgettable experience. Even if you aren't a fan of bluegrass/folksy music, it's impossible to... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

I returned to the Barter for the first time in many years for a Stage II production. It was a 1-woman show, "Spit Like a Big Girl," that was on a short run, and it was fantastic. I have found all Barter productions to be excellent. Highly recommended.

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Zion Crossroads, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

We saw "The Blind Man's Tale" and enjoyed it thoroughly. The musicians were wonderful, the storyteller was fantastic and the subject matter was uplifting. Plus, we got to sing along to some of our favorite praise songs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

I have seen well over 50 plays at the Barter Theatre, and highly recommend it. I'm always amazed by the incredible talent found in the small town of Abingdon. If you're visiting from out of town, you DO NOT want to miss it!

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Blountville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

A must see! Show was wonderful and the actors very professional and talented. My children were so excited to see what would happen in each scene. I would advise booking tickets online because they sell out fast. Nice gift shop and very clean bathrooms.

Thank stacy c

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