Monthly Archives: June 2013

Today in Theatre History: HOW CGI MIGHT HAVE SAVED SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE–June 29, 1613.

On this day back in 1613, during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, a prop cannon was fired to announce the arrival of the king during one of the scenes.  Unfortunately, an overzealous stagehand had used a bit too much … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: RENOVATING THE RESTORATION THEATRE; or, THE OPENING OF LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS–June 28, 1661.

On June 28, 1661–this very day in theatre history–one of London’s greatest playhouses opened for business for the first time, the famed Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre.  And here’s how it happened:  At the end of the Puritan Interregnum–once it became … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: THE CRASH OF THE GILDED AGE AND THE RISE OF THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR–June 27, 1893

The great stock market crash of 1893 happened on this day exactly 120 years ago and it led to a series of events that would permanently turn the professional American entertainment industry toward a highly structured corporate model that placed … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: FRENCH HUSBANDS LEARN THEIR LESSON–June 24, 1661

On this day in 1661 Molière produced his first full-length play, The School for Husbands, at the Palais-Royal in the Paris.  Designed to teach his audience the importance of a husband’s trust and respect in marriage and the folly of … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: WHEN THE U.S. GOV’T SUBSIDIZED ACTOR TRAINING AND SAVED AMERICAN THEATRE’S BACON, June 22, 1944

At the height of World War II, on this very day–June 22, 1944, President Roosevelt and the U.S. government did something rather remarkable.  They signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (better known now as the GI Bill) to provide … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: THE INFAMOUS LICENSING ACT OF 1737–June 21, 1737

On this day in theatre history–June 21, 1737–the infamous Licensing Act was passed by Parliament enjoining the Lord Chamberlain to act as the legal censor of all plays.  English theatre would be severely affected for over a century until the … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: BROADWAY’S FIRST INTEGRATED CAST–June 20, 1910

On this day in theatre history–June 20, 1910–Flo Ziegfeld premiered the fourth edition of his famed annual musical revue when The Ziegfeld Follies of 1910 opened at the Jardin de Paris Theatre on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway. … Continue reading

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