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We’re Not Kyding, Tom

On this date in 1593, London playwright Thomas Kyd was arrested and tortured by the Privy Council for libel.

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This Macbeth Is a Real Riot

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

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Yeats’s Countess Debut

Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin produced its first play, W.B. Yeats’s The Countess Cathleen, on this date in 1899.

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The Age of Aquarius

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

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Anita Loos Was Born on This Date

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Bow to the Birthday Boy–the Bard of Avon

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Edmond Rostand Was Born on This Date

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Balzac’s Bill of Goods Backfires

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.

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“The Most Obnoxious Person Almost in England”

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

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Ibsen’s Play “Ghosts” Called “Crapulous Stuff”

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

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