Located 30 minutes from Asheville, NC, our Mainstage Theatre in Flat Rock is a 506 seat auditorium style theatre. Our more intimate Playhouse Downtown on Main Street Hendersonville seats 250. Both venues are group friendly with one level entry and easy access restrooms.
Since we are a non-profit theater, we prefer checks to assist in managing our fees. For credit card payments, please add $.50 per ticket.
Parking is free at both locations. Mainstage has specific motorcoach parking. Playhouse Downtown does not have dedicated bus parking. It is recommended to drop off patrons in front of the Playhouse and then park one block south.
Call Pam Collins, Director of Sales or Kerry Corlis, Group Sales Coordinator at our Box Office at 866-732-8008 or direct at 828-693-0733 with your date, time of show and the number in your group. Our group sales staff will assist you with your reservation in addition to providing you with itinerary assistance for the area.
Tour Operators please contact Pam Collins directly at 828-693-0733 for tour planning assistance and information.
Doors open to the theatre 30 minutes prior to each performance. Light concessions are available one hour prior to all performances and during the 15 minute intermission including soft drinks, beer, and wine. Most performances run approximately two hours with a 15 minute intermission.
In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. The local and tourist community welcomed them with open arms when they presented their first summer season of plays in a 150-year-old grist mill they converted into The Old Mill Playhouse at Highland Lake. So successful was that summer, they returned in 1941. After WWII, the Vagabond Players reorganized, came back to the region and opened a playhouse in nearby Lake Summit. The Lake Summit Playhouse thrived during the post-war years and soon the Vagabond Players were looking for a larger and permanent home. In 1952, the troupe of performers, and a newly formed board of directors, made an offer to buy an 8-acre lot in the Village of Flat Rock. This new home made the Vagabonds “locals” and a rented big top gave birth to the Flat Rock Playhouse. As the beautiful Western Carolina region continued to grow, so did the Playhouse and in 1961, by Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now a nine-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a professional series, a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program, year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 98,000 patrons annually and is a significant contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.