Whether it’s snowy and brisk or rainy and muddy, catching a theatre show is the best way to cure your stuck-inside blues. Shawnee Playhouse in Delaware, PA boasts the best shows and holds a reputation for greatness. The community theatre is full of star-worthy local performers from across the region, and it offers something for everyone from adult comedies to children’s plays. Want more? Discover all that the Poconos has to offer with our exclusive Vacation Guide. It provides the best local restaurants and attractions for your after-show entertainment.
Everything You Need to Know About Shawnee Playhouse
The nearly 200-seat theatre is a sight that locals will tell you, you don’t want to miss while in the Poconos. The Shawnee Playhouse provides entertainment for all ages at an affordable price. Be sure to check out their latest shows during your next trip to the Poconos.
History of the Theatre
Much like its theatre roots, The Shawnee Playhouse history is rich with stories. The old playhouse was built in 1904 by American Industrialist, C.C. Worthington. The, then, Worthington Hall was a hub for local Deleware actors and actresses and it even landed a regular spot on the town’s radio station. When World War II climbed to its height in 1942, the community favorite fell into obsolescence.
In 1978, the Kirkwood Family purchased The Shawnee Resort, including the playhouse. They immediately began renovations on the 75-year-old building and successfully earned it the prestigious Phoenix Award. Sadly, in 1985 an arsonist burned the building to the ground, but with the backing of the Shawnee community, the theatre was rebuilt and stands as the heart of Shawnee today.
Experiencing a Show at The Shawnee Playhouse
From the moment you walk in the doors of the cozy theatre, the idyllic playhouse setting is apparent. The shows provide all of the experience of a Broadway show with the quaintness of community theatre. Whether you’re looking for a lively date idea or a kid-friendly Sunday, the playhouse has something for everyone.
Check the event schedule to read about the playwrights and decide which show best suits you. Shawnee Playhouse offers meal services for both their matinee and evening showtimes. All of their menus are located on their website, but we recommend The Gem and Keystone’s cheddar ale cheesesteak or The River Room’s vegetarian curry madras. After finishing your meal, grab your seat and get ready for the show!
Revel in Your Final Curtain Call at The French Manor
When the show is over and you’re ready to turn in for the night, come back to The French Manor. Our castle-like Turret Suite will have you saying “Oh Romeo, oh Romeo” from its spiraling view of Huckleberry Mountain. The room boasts a private staircase, gas fireplace, triple-sheeted, down-alternative duvet, luxurious bathrobes, and five-star, complimentary breakfast. Indulge in the Castle Romance package and enjoy a welcome cheese and fruit plate along with an elegant candlelight dinner. What are you waiting for? Schedule your next adventure at The French Manor.