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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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Today in Theatre History: THEATRE WINS THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION–October 17, 1777.

On this day (October 17) in 1777, British General John Burgoyne lost the Battle of Saratoga, surrendering over 6000 of his troops to the Continental Army and effectively turning the tide of the American Revolution in favor of the colonists. … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: A NON-UPLIFTING VIRGINIA WOOLF HITS BROADWAY–October 13, 1962

On this day (October 13) in 1962, Edward Albee’s first major play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theatre. Directed by Alan Schneider and starring Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, Melinda Dillon and George Grizzard, … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: MRS. IBSEN GIVES BIRTH TO HENRIK–March 20, 1828

On this very day (March 20) in 1828, Marichen Ibsen, wife of wealthy merchant, Knut Ibsen of Skien, Norway, gave birth to a healthy baby boy.  For some reason they decided to name him Henrik and eventually got him involved … Continue reading

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