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14 Star Starred
The Cape Playhouse
820 Main Street, Route 6A Dennis, MA 02638
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"Almost, Maine"
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1 stars
attended Aug 27 2014

A charming play evoking the simple human emotions of love and need.

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About the Ticket Supplier: The Cape Playhouse

For over seventy years, the legendary Cape Playhouse has been bringing professional summer theatre to Cape Cod. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of the Stars”, the Cape Playhouse has attracted a long litany of famous actors since its inception in 1927. The list reads like a veritable ‘who’s who’ of stage and screen.

In the 1920s, founder Raymond Moore wanted to create a summer theatre close to Boston and the more affluent Cape communities. He purchased 3 ½ acres of land fronting the Old King’s Highway in Dennis and found the abandoned 19th century Nobscussett meetinghouse located in another part of Dennis. Amazingly, Moore had the large meetinghouse hauled down the road and placed on its present site.

Before air conditioning, New York was unbearable in the summer. The theatres would close and people escaped the heat by traveling to the coastal resorts. By offering actors the prospect of paid summer work in a professional theatre, away from the heat of New York City, Moore convinced the big name stars to come perform at the new theatre.

On July 4, 1927 members of the glamorous audience watched the curtain rise on a glittering production of The Guardsman starring Basil Rathbone and Violet Kemble Cooper and when it rained, the roof leaked so badly the opening night audience put up umbrellas! Undaunted, audiences began flocking to Dennis to see the stars.

Young unknown Bette Davis first worked as an usher before returning the following summer to act. And one promising student named Jane was given a small role in a play starring her father, Henry Fonda. Many actors such as Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and Shirley Booth made their early professional appearances at the Cape Playhouse before going on to win Academy Awards.

The Cape Playhouse has been declared by Actors’ Equity Association to be the “Oldest Professional Summer Theatre” in America.Each year auditions for Equity actors are held in New York. Most rehearsals take place in New York, as well.

Over the years, the Cape Playhouse has gained a reputation for producing quality, professional entertainment in the form of great theatre and each year thousands continue to enjoy great shows at America’s Oldest Professional Summer Theatre.