The History of Theater - In One Amazing City

Adventures in Theater History: Philadelphia

An in-depth history podcast about the history of American theater, with great entertainment values! We tell the amazing stories about the world of theater in Philadelphia over the last three centuries.

Recent Episodes

54. Theatre of the Living Arts: A Beginning

May 29, 2023

The founding of Philadelphia's first major resident theater company: The Theatre of the Living Arts.

53. Philadelphia Theater Scandal!

May 12, 2023

Could the first publicly funded and owned city theater in the country survive in the maelstrom of Philadelphia city politics?

52. The Walls of Walnut Street

April 28, 2023

An interview and audio tour of the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, with the Walnut's Producing Artistic Director, Bernard Havard.

51. Banned in Philadelphia

April 14, 2023

During the Great Depression years of the 1930s, some touring Broadway shows got into trouble in Philadelphia. "The People's Mayor" S. Davis Wilson had his limits when it came to what he would allow in the city's theaters.

50. Stop Those Swinging Girls!

March 31, 2023

In the 1920s, Philadelphia theater censorship controversies were usually about what women were wearing - or rather were NOT wearing - on the city's stages.

49. Bernhardt and the Playboy - or, "Immoral, Blasphemous, and Obscene!"

March 17, 2023

In 1911, actress Sarah Bernhardt's production of La Samaritaine met with fervent opposition from Philadelphia clergymen. In 1912, a production of 'Playboy of the Western World' caused an audience riot!

Recent Blog Posts

A Theatrical Baby With Two Mothers

Images and documents about the founding of the Theatre of the Living Arts, a non-profit resident theater company on Philadelphia's South Street in the 19…

Philadelphia's "Playhouse in the Park" - a blog post

Above, an architect's conception of the new permanent building for  the Playhouse in the Park in 1958. The old "sheep barn" - which had acted as a s…

Bernard Havard and the history of the Walnut Street Theatre

Bernard Havard in his office at the Walnut Street Theatre, looking at a wall of historical theater artifacts and personal memorabilia.  He seems to …