The Cape Playhouse in Dennis was established in 1927 by Californian Raymond Moore, who initially went to Provincetown to start a theater company but found it too remote. Moore’s attitude when he purchased this former 1830s Unitarian meetinghouse for $200 was, “If we fix it up, they will come.” Sure enough, the playhouse proudly claims the title of the country’s oldest continuously operating professional summer theater and the Cape’s only full Equity theater.
Basil Rathbone starred in the company’s first production, The Guardsman. Over the years, the playhouse has featured the likes of Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Olivia de Havilland, and Jessica Tandy, when they were already “stars.” Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, and Gregory Peck acted here before they were “discovered.”
On Thursday and Friday mornings in July and August there is children’s theater.