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Address: 24834 S Playhouse Rd, Custer, SD 57730-8328
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17:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue 17:30 - 22:00
Wed 10:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Generations of playgoers have been delighted by this gem of a theater...

Generations of playgoers have been delighted by this gem of a theater located near Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse in Custer State Park. This professional theatre, affiliated with the University of South Dakota, but managed by the Black Hills Playhouse, Inc has played since 1946 and is one of the oldest, continuously running summer stock programs in the country. Four to five incredible productions play throughout the summer Tuesday through Sunday. Descriptions and ratings of shows available at website. Beautiful picnic grounds, pre-order picnics, and concessions available. Park pass required on car for entry.

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Every Show in 2016

My husband and I went to every show offered in the summer of 2016. It is a bit of a commitment to make the time, but well worth the effort. As we drove to the Playhouse, we both... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rapid City
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Rapid City
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went to every show offered in the summer of 2016. It is a bit of a commitment to make the time, but well worth the effort. As we drove to the Playhouse, we both had time to unwind from our hectic schedules. We loved ALL of the shows, but if we had to choose favorites, it... More 

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Linda A, General Manager at Black Hills Playhouse, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed the 2016 season and you're right, 2017 will be incredible as well! Looking forward to seeing you this summer:) More 

Custer, SD
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The plays at the Playhouse are very good and the setting is marvelous. Be sure to bring a jacket for the cool evenings.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Attended a performance of "Shipwrecked " on 21 August and the play was interesting enough but the CCC camp setting in the heart of the Black Hills is fantastic. Worth a visit - especially if you are a theater person (we aren't but it was still nice.)

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Fallbrook, California, United States
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

Loved the atmosphere at the Black Hills Playhouse. The show was great too. Looking forward to attending again.

Thank Tammy R
Mishawaka, Indiana
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

When we vacation I am always looking for a night time activity to fill one of the evenings. The Black Hills Playhouse fit the bill! The night we were there we saw "Nunsense" and at parts I laughed until I cried. It was hilarious! The entire cast was awesome and they roamed through the audience prior to the play. The... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Saw The Addams Family...nice cast, great attendants who were welcoming and informative and gorgeous theatre!

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Prospect Heights, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

This playhouse is in Custer State Park in the middle of nowhere! The theatre was very rustic, yet comfortable. Everyone was very friendly, and the play was wonderful. It was a musical called NUNSENSE, and the 5 nuns (they were the whole show) were excellent! I would highly recommend this playhouse. FYI - no cell phone service in that area

1 Thank Karen H
Linda A, Manager at Black Hills Playhouse, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking time to review the Playhouse! We hope to see you again in the future and we appreciate that you're helping us spread the word! More 

Cottonwood, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

We took in the musical "Pageant" this year. What a great show! The quality of every production we have attended at the Playhouse has been incredible. Sets, costumes, sound, lights, acting...all excellent. A fun place to visit in the middle of Custer State Park!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Great location! Wonderful picnic area! Professional cast! We were stunned that they have such a theater gem in this area! Amazing way to finish a good day traveling Custer Park. We highly recommend! Incredible entertainment!

2 Thank Dancersmom5
Williamsville, New York
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We saw "Pageant" here with our granddaughters and thoroughly enjoyed the humor and the alternate view of life offered. Lots of talent on the stage - a mix of local actors, theater students and interns. The site is also fascinating and an important historic site. It was a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp, lovingly restored and put to a great... More 

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