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Black Hills Playhouse


Enjoy a memorable, day-long adventure through the Black Hills with our experienced and knowledgeable guides!

The Black Hills Playhouse is a 76-year-old professional summer stock theater nestled in gorgeous Custer State Park between Keystone and Custer, SD. Actors, artists, directors, and designers hired from all over the country live on-site, and play to audiences six days a week in an air-conditioned 347-seat theater. Snack bar with beverages, snacks, and souvenirs for sale, as well as a covered picnic area are available. Closest meal options are in Keystone or Legion Lake Lodge in Custer State Park. Reservations are recommended as seeing a show at the Playhouse is a favorite tradition of locals and tourists alike. See website and social media for show schedules and tickets.


For those in the know, the BHP experience begins well before the house bell calls the playgoers to their seats. Earlier in the day, as the afternoon sun streams through the pines, tables are claimed, corks popped and picnics commenced. Here lies one of the best-kept secrets of the BHP experience – families and friends scattered about the grounds, breaking bread and anticipating the play to come.

The Thirsty Buffalo Snack Bar has a nice variety of options from hot dogs to nachos, candy, chips, popcorn, sodas, ice cream, and freshly baked cookies. It also has BHP t-shirts, jackets and other fine merchandise.

To pre-order a picnic with us or pack a picnic basket with your favorite outdoor cuisine. Come early and stake your claim to one of BHP’s picnic tables. 

With cinematic marketing by Badlands Media. Production photo Credit: Sage Studios. BHP Photo Credit: Colleen Marsh Olson

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Frequently Asked Questions

Productions are not recommended for children under 4 years of age as they often do not have an attention span for 2-hour performances. Please note that parents will be asked to take children outside if they are disruptive to other patrons.

  • Pre-order with at least 48 hours.
  • Pick up at the snack bar before your performance.
  • Grab a picnic table in Haberman Hall or near the creek.
  • Picnic Boxes can be added onto tickets at the time of purchase or ordered by calling the box office.

Whether it’s your first time, or you just need a refresher, here’s an area dedicated to what to bring, what to wear, and what to expect during your visit to the Black Hills Playhouse.

The Black Hills Playhouse is a unique and wonderful environment in the middle of Custer State Park. We want all of our visitors to have the best possible visit, so we’ve compiled this list of tips. As always, feel free to contact our friendly customer service staff if you have any further questions.

All visitors to Custer State Park are required to have an entrance license. Park Rangers frequently come to the BHP to check for stickers on vehicles and issue tickets to anyone without one. You may purchase on-site before your performance in the Snack Bar or at one of the main entrances to the Park.

While our theater is indoors and has heating and air conditioning, the weather may still have a great impact on your visit. For example, visitors have to go outside to get to the restrooms and the Snack Bar. Summer at the BHP is fickle. The elevation is nearly a mile high, so days are often hot, but the temperature drops dramatically the minute the sun goes down. Rain is common in the afternoons and evenings, especially in June. Be prepared for quick weather changes.

There is no dress code at the BHP, but most people dress casually.  We are located in a forest at a high elevation. Days are warm, but the evenings are usually quite cool. We recommend a jacket or sweater to layer over lighter clothing. Parking is located in grassy and uneven areas. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are a must to navigate this uneven terrain. Rain is common in the afternoons and evenings, so it’s not a bad idea to have a pair of boots and a raincoat or umbrella stashed in your vehicle. There is no way to use the restrooms or get to the Snack Bar without going outside. We also recommend bug spray for those sensitive to insect bites.

Parking is located on grass or dirt areas around our campus. We will have parking attendants to help you find your way to a safe parking spot. We have plenty of room to accommodate campers, buses, RVs and trailers. Handicapped parking is located near the theater. Just make sure to let the parking attendants know if you have any special needs. We’ll do our best to help you find the spot that’s right for you.

The BHP is located in the middle of Custer State Park – there are no fences to keep animals in or out. Common wildlife sightings range from mice and chipmunks to bats and birds to buffalo, deer, elk, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep. Many animals look docile, but they all have one thing in common…they are wild and can be very dangerous. We encourage you to take pictures, but please do so from a safe distance.  Every once in a while, a bird or bat gets in the theatre. Don’t worry, the show will go on!

More questions about your visit to BHP? Call our friendly Box Office staff at 605-255-4141 or toll-free 1-855-584-4141 or email us.