Monthly Archives: December 2015

Today in Theatre History: THE GREAT RICHMOND THEATRE FIRE–December 26, 1811

On this day in theatre history—December 26, 1811—occurred one of the greatest theatre calamities in American history: the infamous Richmond Theatre Fire. At the time, it was the worst urban disaster ever in the U.S., killing 72 in all. The … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: JEFFERSON’S RIP ON BROADWAY–December 24, 1860

It was on this very day in theatre history–December 24, 1860–that Joseph Jefferson first performed his famed Rip van Winkle on the New York stage at the Winter Garden Theatre.  And the opening was a rough one.  Critics were tepid … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: BEFORE POOH, MILNE HIT THE DOVER ROAD–December 23, 1921

On this day in theatre history–December 23, 1921–the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, the great A. A. Milne, saw the opening of his first major success on the Broadway stage, a lighthearted romp called The Dover Road.  Despite the popularity of the Pooh … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: WHY ACTING WITH ANIMALS IS A BAD IDEA–December 22, 1907

On this day in theatre history, during a performance of the melodramatic spectacle, Daniel Boone, in the opera house in Rome, Georgia, two actors were injured when attacked by a real wolf that was on stage playing the part of … Continue reading

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