our town

a modern interpretation of a classic American play

Far From Canterbury

Musical

A shy young knight will be sentenced to death, unless in one year, he can answer one simple riddle:

“What is it that women desire most?”

Popcorn Falls

A small American town gets resourceful when their namesake waterfall has dries up.

2021 Events

Call 603-323-8500 for tickets

 

Sponsored in Memory of Francis G. Cleveland

Our Town

Thornton Wilder

July 27 – 31

Only a few tickets left!

Described by Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually–in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre–die. Audiences can expect a glorious modern interpretation of this classic American play.

This show will be held on our newly constructed outdoor stage on the lawn of the Tamworth History Center. We are excited to bring live theatre back to the village!

Far From Canterbury

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Danny K. Bernstein

August 11 -21

A re-imagined telling of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Far From Canterbury takes us to a world where fairy tales are considered current events, and tells the story of a shy young knight who will be sentenced to death, unless in one year, he can answer one simple riddle: “What is it that women desire most?”

Sponsored by Wonalancet Neighbors

 

Popcorn Falls

James Hindman

August 31-September 4

Doug Shapiro and Amanda Huxtable in multiple roles.

Welcome to Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame – their namesake waterfall – has dried up. Now bankrupt, their last chance is a large grant that can only be used if the town produces a play in a week. One big problem: no playhouse. Another problem: no play.

Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge and prove that art can save the world.

Sponsored by The New Woodshed

The Tall Granite Big Band

Hosted by The Preserve, Chocorua

Live music, dancing, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres

August 15

The Barnstormers Theatre is delighted to present a night of jazz and swing music performed by the Tall Granite Big Band. Spend your afternoon under the giant sailcloth tent surrounded by lovely scenery and great music.

Based in Concord, New Hampshire, the TGBB is a 19 piece band dedicated to Swing and danceable jazz. 

Tickets on sale now!

Sponsored by Lamprey Sewer and Drain

Waitress

Music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson

August 27-29

The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a baker and waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband, Earl. After Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her doctor, Dr. Jim Pomatter. Looking for ways out of her troubles, she sees a pie baking contest and its grand prize as her chance.

NOTE: we are Barnstorming this show locally!

August 27: 2 shows at ROSIE’S RESTAURANT. The perfect spot, right? We’ve heard rumors that there will be pie, too!  Two shows at 5 and 7 pm, limited seating. Tickets available soon.

August 29: CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS. Our 2019 Broadway revue was such a success, we’ll be there again under the tent at the Castle. Tickets available soon at castleintheclouds.org

New Works: Readings

September 3 – Tickets now available

The Stephen Kaplan Plays

Three plays read by Barnstormers actors: Dale Place, Jean Mar Brown, Bob Bates, Penny Purcell, Jordan Stanley and Rachel Alexa Norman. On the History Center lawn at 11 AM. Please bring chairs.

 

And Jack Came Tumbling After

Jack is Jill’s naive paramour who lets himself be talked into a murder scheme that causes him to come tumbling after her. The nursery rhyme will never be quite the same afterwards.

For Unto Us

Mary and Joseph are a pair of 5-year-olds playing with a doll. But before they can start, they’ll need to debate gender stereotypes, the relative merits of Christmas versus Hanukkah, the nature of God, and what it means to have two dads.

Tim Eless, Private Eye

Tim is a private eye with short-term memory.  Laura is the leggy femme fatale that comes to him with a mysterious case. If only Tim can remember why she’s there. And what she wants. And why she’s there.

New Works: Reading

September 3

Miley Chase the Science Ace

Music & lyrics by Dylan MarcAurele, book by Mike Ross, and story by Larry Little

Students from the Brett School will be reading this new play at The Barnstormers Theatre at 3 PM.

While calculating the exact date the asteroid hits the earth and destroys the dinosaurs, Miley Chase accidentally discovers the secret to time travel!

 

What’s New At The Barnstormers

2021 Annual Auction is Online

2021 Annual Auction is Online

This year The Barnstormers Annual Auction will be an online, running from August 1st to September 7th at www.32auctions.com/Barnstormers. Please consider supporting our event by donating gift certificates, merchandise, or services. In exchange, you will receive some...

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Clayton and Joe Chat about OUR TOWN

Clayton and Joe Chat about OUR TOWN

Artistic Director Joe Longthorne and Director Clayton Phillips talk about The Barnstormers' new interpretation of a well-known play: https://youtu.be/xNLUwfyfgtU The cast so far: Carmen Berkeley, Blair Hundertmark, Cheryl Mullings, Becca Gottlieb, Buddy Hardt, Dwan...

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Casting for  Popcorn Falls Confirmed!

Casting for Popcorn Falls Confirmed!

Barnstormers favorites Doug Shapiro and Amanda Huxtable will play over twenty roles "in a world of farce, love and desperation – proving once and for all that art can save the world." Show dates: August 31-September 4 Popcorn Falls is a small American town whose only...

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NH Gives June 8-9, 2021

NH Gives June 8-9, 2021

A $300,000 site-wide match pool, made possible by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and its donors will be used throughout the 24-hour event. Please check back for more details on matching funds, and plan to donate on June 8th and 9th....

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Local Theatre USA Interviews Joe Longthorne

Local Theatre USA Interviews Joe Longthorne

Interim Artistic Director Joe Longthorne at The Barnstomers Theatre discusses the state of regional theatre in New England, and Summer plans for this theatre institution that’s been around since 1931! https://youtu.be/p3wSJkFxotA

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Tickets and Curtain Times

Order Tickets By Phone

Purchase tickets by phone from the Box office at (603) 323-8500. We Accept: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

Curtain Times

Tuesday – Saturday: 7:30 PM

Saturday Matinee only for 2021: 2:00 PM

Seating begins 1/2 hour before curtain.

The Barnstormers Theatre

The Barnstormers, located in the scenic village of Tamworth, NH, is one of the longest-running professional summer theatres in the country. 

The company was founded in 1931 by Francis Cleveland, the youngest son of President Grover Cleveland, Francis’s wife Alice and their friend Ed Goodnow – all of whom were involved with theatre on Broadway.  Over eighty years later, their legacy continues.

Today, The Barnstormers is one of three Equity theatres in New Hampshire and provides the region with brilliant summer theatre.

Like most theatres nationwide, ticket sales cover only about half of income needs, so every gift to The Barnstormers is greatly appreciated.  

Laughter on the 23rd Floor, 2019

My summer trip to visit family in NH wouldn't be complete without taking in a performance at The Barnstormers! It was a tradition of my grandparents, and my parents, and we now share this with our children! Over the years I've been to performances on and off Broadway, in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Barnstormers consistently pleases with its top quality performers and well mounted productions! Taking in a performance in Tamworth is a magical ride and I look forward to it every time!

Susan White Cooper, Patron

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Mission Statement

To keep vital the value, spirit, and tradition of fine summer theatre in Tamworth and to provide a venue for and to promote varied cultural activities within the region.

Our Creative Work is Made Possible By:

The Haynes Family Foundation

The Tamworth Foundation

Federal funds distributed by the State of NH Governor’s Office Of Emergency Relief and Recovery    

Federal  funds distributed by the NH State Council For the Arts

Generous contributions from The Barnstormers Theatre Board of Directors

Donors and Patrons like you! 

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Top photo: cast of Broadway Now, musical revue, 2019
Photo: Laughter on the 23rd Floor, 2019
Bottom Photo: Toad of Toad Hall, Bill Christopher, Bud Winkler, Hal Meyer and Dan Rubinate, 1957