Exploring the History of Theater - in One Amazing City
May 14, 2021
9. Chaos Comes to Walnut Street

The hurricanes of World History blow a French equestrian circus company all the way to Philadelphia, and the Walnut Street Theatre is born.


The hurricanes of World History blow a French equestrian circus company all the way to Philadelphia. The Walnut Street Theatre is born. Meanwhile back on Chestnut Street, the New Theatre is forging ahead with its annual seasons of plays and spectacles. Some historical figures of our story depart, and some new ones arrive. Benefits are awarded to all!

On our website, you can see a full blog post about the episode, with a map of Philadelphia in 1800, additional images of people mentioned in the show, further explanations of historical material, and a selected bibliography of source material: episode-9-chaos-on-chestnut-and-walnut-streets

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