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WASHINGTON THEATRE...ON MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 6, WILL BE PRESENTED THE COMEDY OF THE SCHOOL OF REFORM; OR, HOW TO RULE A HUSBAND....TO WHICH WILL BE ADDED...THE CELEBRATED GRAND HEROIC PANTOMIME...HERCULES & OMPHALE...[caption title]
Washington City: W. Cooper, [1813].. Broadside, 21 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. Minor soiling and wear. Contemporary manuscript corrections. Very good. The Washington Theatre was the second theatre in early Washington. The first was the National Theatre, originally formed by Thomas Wignell and Alexander Reinagle with the company from Philadelphia's Chestnut Street Theatre. The National Theatre opened in 1800 in an unfinished hotel. Within three years money was raised for a second, more permanent theatre, which would be suitable to entertain Jefferson, Madison, and other important personages in the new capital. On Nov. 16, 1804 the Washington Theatre opened its doors on Pennsylvania Avenue. The first season completed Dec. 17, 1804, and the theatre did not reopen its doors until the following autumn. In 1808 the Wignell company began regular summer seasons, which had the benefit of getting the company out of Philadelphia during the yellow fever season, as well as providing uninterrupted practice for the cast and crew. The season of 1808 began on September 7 and lasted a mere nine nights; the season for 1809 ran from June 13 to August 7. Closed in 1810 due to lack of success, the theatre was advertised for sale June of 1811. It failed to sell, and the company reopened for a summer season later that month. They managed to stay open for the next several summer seasons, despite war with Britain and a terrible theatre fire in Richmond in December 1812 which killed eighty people and caused a country-wide anti-theatre crusade. By 1813, when this broadside was printed, the War of 1812 was … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana
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