Pioneer Playhouse

The Pioneer Playhouse, located in Danville, Kentucky, is the oldest outdoor theater in the state of Kentucky.

Pioneer Playhouse
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Pioneer Playhouse
Address840 Stanford Rd
Danville, Kentucky
Coordinates37°38′20″N 84°45′24″W / 37.63889°N 84.75667°W / 37.63889; -84.75667


19th Century Main Street village and museum

The Pioneer Playhouse was built by Col. Eben C. Henson who established the outdoor theater in 1950. Notable alumni actors include John Travolta, Lee Majors, then known as Harvey Yeary, and Jim Varney.[1] In 1962, Pioneer Playhouse became the first theater in the nation to be accorded the legal status of State Theater by act of Legislation.

Since Henson's death in 2004 the theater has been run by Henson's widow, Charlotte. Her daughter Holly served as artistic director until her death in 2012. Robby Henson, her son, directs at least one play at the theater every summer.



  1. ^ Profile of Col. Henson. Randy Kennedy, New York Times, 1999 Archived 2005-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Pioneer Playhouse News" (pdf). Spring 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-28.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Pioneer Playhouse News" (PDF). Spring 2006. Archived from the original (pdf) on January 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  4. ^ "Pioneer Playhouse News" (PDF). Fall–Winter 2004. Archived from the original (pdf) on May 8, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Marjorie Tatum". Mandy Actors. Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  6. ^ "Robert Wedig". Mandy Actors. Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  7. ^ a b c "Annette Remter". Mandy Actors. Retrieved 2008-10-29.[dead link]

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