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Barter Theatre Announces Spring Season at the Moonlite Drive-In

By March 1, 2021No Comments

Barter Theatre Announces Spring Season at the Moonlite Drive-In

ABINGDON, Va.–Barter Theatre has announced its 2021 spring season at the Moonlite Drive-In starting April 8th, 2021.

Leading off the spring is William Shakespeare’s, The Tempest.  Set on a remote island, this fantastical play follows the powerful Prospero as he struggles between his desire for revenge against his enemy, Antonio, and the power of forgiveness.

“Barter has a history of presenting exciting, accessible adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays so that they can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Katy Brown, Barter’s Producing Artistic Director.  “We think the Moonlite Drive-In is the perfect place for people to enjoy this magical play.”

Also at the Moonlite this spring is C.S. Lewis’s, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  This popular adventure follows four siblings as they step through a wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia, where they meet the White Witch whose curse keeps the land in an eternal winter.  Together, with the help of fauns, beavers, and even the great lion, Aslan, they seek to fulfill the prophecy and bring spring to the land of Narnia.

Barter at the Moonlite Drive-In has become one of the most unique experiences in the region.  Families are able to watch live theatre from the comfort of their cars in a completely safe environment.

“After a long winter, we think this is a terrific way for families to have a fun outing in a safe environment,”said Katy Brown. “We hope people will come out, bring a picnic, and celebrate spring by enjoying a unique evening of theatre at the Moonlite.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling the Barter box office 276-628-3991.

About Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, is located in Abingdon, Virginia. The theatre opened in 1933 during the Great Depression. Founder Robert Porterfield offered patrons admission to the theatre by bartering food and livestock. Barter Theatre was designated as the State Theatre of Virginia in 1946. It exists today as one of the last year-round professional resident repertory theaters remaining in the United States.  Barter Theatre is funded in part by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. 



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