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Bucks County Playhouse records

1947-1972, 0.75 linear feet

06

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the New Hope Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
New Hope Historical Society
Creator:
Bucks County Playhouse (Organization)
Title:
Bucks County Playhouse records
Date [inclusive]:
1947-1972
Call Number:
06
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania is a renowned theater that has hosted numerous famous actors and productions since it opened in 1939. It was founded as part of an adaptive reuse effort to save an historic 1790 structure. The Bucks County Playhouse records, 1947-1972, include annual reports, playbills, miscellaneous correspondence and financial and business records, property records, and legal correspondence and business records.
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Biography/History

"The Bucks County Playhouse is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, at the site of a former grist mill on the banks of the Delaware River. The original structure was built in 1790 when owner Benjamin Parry rebuilt the Hope Mills, which had recently burned down. The newly christened New Hope Mills inspired the village to change its name from Coryell's Ferry to New Hope.

"Facing demolition in the 1930s, the site was saved when a small band of artists, including Broadway playwright and Bucks County resident Moss Hart, helped rally the local community to renovate it as a theater. The Bucks County Playhouse opened on July 1, 1939, with a production of Springtime for Henry, featuring Edward Everett Horton.

"Over the next 70 years, a veritable Who's Who of Hollywood and Broadway legends have played the stage of BCP--Grace Kelly, Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Walter Matthau, Uta Hagen, Leslie Neilson, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn (in their first stage production together), Liza Minnelli, Helen Hayes, Tovah Feldshuh, Andrea McArdle, June Lockhart, Colleen Dewhurst, Kitty Carlisle, Bert Lahr, and Robert Redford, to name a few.

"BCP has also showcased some of the theatre's most beloved musicals and plays, including She Loves Me, West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Glass Menagerie, The Odd Couple, Dial M for Murder, and  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Playhouse has also launched many Broadway productions including the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy,  Harvey, Neil Simon's  Barefoot in the Park, and James Whitmore's one-man show about Harry Truman,  Give 'Em Hell, Harry!"

Bibliography:

Quoted text from: Bucks County Playhouse. "History." Accessed February 21, 2013. http://www.bcptheater.org/about-us/history/

Scope and Contents

This collection includes annual reports (1954-1961), playbills, miscellaneous correspondence and financial and business records (1950s), property records, and legal correspondence and business records (1961-1972).

Administrative Information

Publication Information

New Hope Historical Society

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact New Hope Historical Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Anna Walker Liebgold, 2012

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact New Hope Historical Society directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Bucks County Playhouse (Organization)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • New Hope (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Historic buildings
  • Performances
  • Theaters
  • Theatrical companies

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