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Boston

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The state capital of Massachusetts, USA, on Boston Bay. Founded c.1630 as the principal settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Company, Boston was an early centre of New England Puritanism....

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Boston Theatre

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(Boston).

One of America's largest and most famous 19th‐century playhouses, the Boston Theatre opened in 1854 and seated 3,140 spectators. Dion Boucicault called it “the finest...

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Count Joannes

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(1810–79), actor.

One of the more memorable and pathetic eccentrics of 19th‐century American theatre, he is generally believed to have been born in London...

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fires in theatres

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Fire was once a major hazard in the theatre. Both the London Patent Theatres, Drury Lane and Covent Garden, were burnt down twice, the first in 1672 and 1809, the ...

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George Barrett

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(1794–1860), actor.

The son of actors in Dunlap's company at the Park Theatre, he began performing as a boy in 1798 then years later in repertory he portrayed many of ...

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John Bernard

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(1756–1828), comic actor.

The English low comedian was an established favorite at Covent Garden by the time Thomas Wignell signed him in 1797 to appear in America. Bernard became a...

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Thomas Kilner

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(1777–1862), actor and manager.

An Englishman who made his American debut at the Park Theatre in 1818, his fame rests on his career as manager of Boston's Federal Street Theatre ...

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Tremont Theatre

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There were two Boston playhouses in Tremont Street. The first was built by Isaiah Rogers in 1827. Featuring a heavy granite façade, three tiers of boxes, and a gallery circling ...

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