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Barter Theatre

Abingdon, VA

Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools


An exterior shot of the Barter Theater, the state theatre of Virginia. A marquee reads Footloose and Sense & Sensibility playing now.
Photo Credit: The Barter Theater


Barter Theatre’s 2025 production of Hamlet will be performed at its 167-seat Smith Theatre for 9th-12th grade students in Central Appalachia. This production will highlight the similarities between the lives of the students of this region and Hamlet’s, and it will feature talkbacks and workshops designed to help Appalachian students claim Shakespeare as their own.

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