Planter’s Barn Theater


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Built in 1849, just as the California Gold Rush was getting started, what was then simply a livery stable for the Planter’s Hotel, now sits in the heart of old historic Hannibal. Owned by a Mr. Sam Bowen Sr., his two sons Sam Jr. and Will Bowen were good friends with another young boy in town by the name of Samuel Clemens. In addition, Abraham Lincoln himself stabled his mules while in town on legal business during the great feud between the Railroads and the Steamboats.

Now our home theater and base of operations, The Planters Barn Theater of Hannibal, MO hosts the summer production of Mark Twain Himself, often from May to July. It also hosts the Christmas-time production of A Shepherd’s Tale in December with Group Shows, School Field Trip Shows, and Convention/Business Shows booked in the theater any time as scheduling permits.

The Planters Barn Theater is located at 319 North Main Street in the historic district of Hannibal, Missouri. On Dead Man’s Alley just a stone’s throw from the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, the theater sits just behind the Becky Thatcher House and the Haunted House on Hill Street.