Monthly Archives: September 2013

Today in Theatre History: MALE INADEQUACIES ASIDE, BEN JONSON KILLS GABRIEL SPENSER WITH HIS SHORTER SWORD–September 22, 1598

It was on this very day in theatre history–September 22, 1598– that the great Elizabethan/Jacobean poet and playwright, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare’s greatest rival and author of some of the best known works of English drama, including Every Man in His … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: “PATATAS BRAVAS” & MADRID’S RED HOT THEATRE RIVALRY–September 21, 1583

On this day–September 21–in 1583 the second of Madrid’s great outdoor playhouses opened behind the facade of a converted estate just across the street from the convent of Santa Ana on the Calle Principe.  Built by a group of theatre … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: A WOMAN PLAYWRIGHT ON THE RESTORATION STAGE–September 20, 1670

On the evening of September 20, 1670, at Sir William Davenant’s theatre at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a new play by a new playwright premiered.  It was called The Forc’d Marriage and it was written by Mrs. Aphra Behn–a woman.  While … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: AMERICA’S GREATEST DRAG QUEEN HITS BROADWAY–September 19, 1904

It was on this day–September 19–in 1904 that America’s greatest and most popular drag queen, Julian Eltinge, starred in his first Broadway musical.  Despite a selection of songs by a 19 year-old Jerome Kern, the production of Mr. Wix of Wickham was a flop, … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: LONDON AUDIENCES RIOT OVER TICKET PRICES–September 18, 1809

In one of the more unusual events in 19th century theatre history, patrons of the newly rebuilt Covent Garden Theatre in London went on an extended riot beginning on this day–September 18–in 1809.  The trouble began the year before when … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: GEORGE BERNARD SHAW’S FIRST BROADWAY PRODUCTION LEAVES AMERICANS CONFUSED–September 17, 1894

On this very day in theatre history–September 17, 1894–New Yorkers were treated to the first professional production of a George Bernard Shaw play in the United States when Arms and the Man opened at the Harold Square Theatre, starring one … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: THE JEW OF VENICE, AMERICA’S FIRST PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION–September 15, 1752

On September 15, 1752, the residents of Williamsburg, Virginia, were treated to a rare event–a performance by a professional troupe of players from London.  In fact, the performance is now regarded by historians as the first genuine example of professional … Continue reading

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