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Barter Theatre Opens Holiday Productions

By November 9, 2022April 21st, 2023No Comments

Barter Theatre Opens Holiday Productions

(Abingdon, VA)As the temperatures cool and we anxiously await the holidays to arrive visitors at Barter Theatre can enjoy two different productions on two wonderful stages.

On its main Gillam Stage this holiday, Barter will present It’s A Wonderful Life, a beloved holiday classic for the entire family. 

In Barter’s second, more intimate venue, Smith Theatre, Barter presents Over the River and Through the Woods, a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about how zany family life can be.

Barter’s ticket prices start at an affordable $20 ($16 for shows by The Barter Players).

The 2022 season at Barter is dedicated to the theme “Common Ground,” as each show features people who have deep differences finding their strength in one another. 

For a full schedule of Barter Theatre shows and more detail on each, visit:



November 12th – December 28th

It’s A Wonderful Life – Adapted by Catherine Bush

In this brand new adaptation, written especially for Barter’s resident acting company, ten quick-changing actors bring to life the world of Bedford Falls and its most famous resident. The town’s citizens have relied for years on the Bailey Brothers Building and Loan, and George Bailey has sacrificed his dreams and ambitions to keep it alive against all odds. But on this Christmas Eve disaster strikes, and it takes a guardian angel named Clarence to make George realize that not all is lost, and that no man is a failure who has friends. A beloved  holiday classic for the whole family.

This project was supported [in part] by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


November 19th – December 24th

Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe Dipietro

Every Sunday, Nick crosses the river to New Jersey and has dinner with both sets of his Italian-American grandparents. But Nick has dreams, and when he receives the perfect job offer from the west coast, he is determined to take it. His grandparents – Frank, Aida, Nunzio, and Emma – are just as determined that he stay put. Thus begins a series of shameless schemes and hilarious shenanigans that will have you roaring in your seat while reminding you of the wonderful zaniness that is family.


OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.



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.


For more information:

(276) 619-3308

201 Trigg St., Abingdon, VA 24210



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