Today in Theatre History: THE KING’S MEN, BUFFALO BILL AND OSCAR WILDE

On this day–May 19–three remarkable things occurred in theatre history.  In 1603, James I granted Shakespeare’s company his royal patronage, changing their name from the Lord Chamberlain’s Mean to the King’s Men.  In 1883, in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffalo Bill opened his very first public performance of his Wild West Show.  There had been a couple of earlier dress rehearsals, but this was the first official opening of his new combination company.  And in 1897, Oscar Wilde was released from prison only to discover that all of his possessions had been auctioned off.

An 1899 poster of Buffalo Bill's Wild West and...

An 1899 poster of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World

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