It’s Not Just Theatre…It’s Barter!

With a rich history spanning eight decades, Barter Theatre still draws patrons from around the globe every day to Abingdon to enjoy the magic of live entertainment. Barter, the State Theatre of Virginia, helps visitors make memories through its talented cast of resident actors in shows ranging from comedies to dramas to musicals. A multitude of famous actors such as Ernest Borgnine got their start in Barter plays, and today the theatre continues to launch stars from its stages.

During the Depression, Robert Porterfield, an enterprising young actor, returned to his native Southwest Virginia with an extraordinary proposition: Bartering produce from the farms and gardens of the region to gain admission to see a play.

Over 80 years later, Barter Theatre continues to offer great entertainment. A year-round season of new works, time-honored dramas, comedies and musicals are offered on two unique stages in historic downtown Abingdon.

Come and experience Barter Theatre for yourself and see why it’s not just Theatre…It’s Barter!


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