The Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, which is also called Mainstage, is with its 500 seats the larger of the two Playhouses.
The smaller Downtown Playhouse is located in Hendersonville just a few miles north of Flat Rock.
During their nine-month season both playhouses offer a broad range of plays from Broadway musicals to comedy, drama and theater for young audiences.
The programs are different between both playhouses.
The Flat Rock Playhouse sports a nine-month playing season (March to November). They offer a broad range of plays from Broadway musicals like Gypsy to comedy, drama and theater for young audiences.
Their concert series, called Music on the Rock, features music of popular artists.
The Flat Rock Playhouse also offers an extensive education program through its Studio 52, a division of the Vagabond School of Drama, with workshops and year-round classes for all ages.
Officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina, the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock has its origin in a couple of struggling performers, who organized themselves as the Vagabond Players in 1937 and performed in a variety of places.
After World War II the Vagabond Players came back to the region and opened the Lake Summit Playhouse nearby. The Playhouse was so successful over the years that they needed a larger more permanent facility which in 1952 they found in Flat Rock located a short distance south of Hendersonville.
The Playhouse grew with the region and in 1961 the General Assembly of North Carolina designated the Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theatre of North Carolina.
All plays are indoors.
The Flat Rock Playhouse offers a wide range of plays from Broadway musicals, comedy, drama and theater for young audiences.
The Flat Rock Playhouse is wheelchair accessible.
Snacks can be purchased before the play begins or during the 15-minute intermission.