Monthly Archives: November 2013

Today in Theatre History: THE ENGLISH PLAYHOUSE RESTORED; OR, “TENNIS ANYONE?”–November 8, 1660

It was on this day in theatre history–November 8, 1660–that the first major professional playhouse in London opened after the restoration of Charles II as King of England.  During the Puritan Interregnum, of course, commercial theatre was banned.  But in … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: THE EARL OF OXFORD “UNDEAD”; OR, THE EARLIEST RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE TEMPEST–November 1, 1611

Today in theatre history–November 1, 1611–records the earliest known performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  It was staged at Whitehall Palace before James I and the royal court as part of the annual Hallowmas celebrations.  All Saints Day (or All Hallows … Continue reading

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