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On this date in 1593, London playwright Thomas Kyd was arrested and tortured by the Privy Council for libel.
On this date in 1849, the Astor Place Riot erupted after American actor Edwin Forrest and British actor William Charles Macready “dueled” each other by playing Macbeth just a few blocks from each other. You can read more about the … Continue reading
Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin produced its first play, W.B. Yeats’s The Countess Cathleen, on this date in 1899.
On this date in 1968, the controversial musical Hair debuted on Broadway. The musical, which glorifies the hippie counter-culture and the sexual revolution of the 1960s, spawned many popular songs, including “The Age of Aquarius” and “Good Morning, Starshine.” Read … Continue reading
On this date in 1842, Honoré Balzac’s play Les Ressources de Quinola opens to an empty house. The author had tried to spread a rumor that tickets were scarce. Fail.
On this date in 1728, the Beggar’s Opera author John Gay writes to Jonathan Swift: “For writing in the cause of Virtue, and against the fashionable vices, I am lookt upon at present as the most obnoxious person almost in … Continue reading
Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts opens in London on this date in 1891. The play makes harsh commentary on 19th-century morality by including venereal disease, incest, religion, and euthanasia. The British public was largely shocked and offended by the play, with … Continue reading