Oct. 15, 2021

Episode 18: The Duchess of Arch Street, Part One

Louisa Lane Drew was known for her management of Philadelphia's "Mrs. John Drew's Arch Street Theatre". We begin the story of her…

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Sept. 30, 2021

2021 Walking Tour of Philadelphia Theater History Announcement

If you'd like to come along, email me at: Support the show (

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Sept. 24, 2021

Episode 17: Fanny Kemble, Part Two

Fanny Kemble feels trapped in her new marriage, and learns the stark truth about American slavery and how she herself has become …

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Sept. 10, 2021

Episode 16: Fanny Kemble, Part One

Fanny Kemble and her father Charles Kemble, representatives of the most famous English theatrical family of their day, appeared a…

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Aug. 20, 2021

Episode 15: Forrest of Philadelphia, Part Three

The tragedian Edwin Forrest returns to his home city in the final decades of his life. He keeps performing on the city's stages, …

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Aug. 6, 2021

Episode 14: Forrest of Philadelphia, Part Two

In this episode we cover the period from 1829 to 1836, when Edwin Forrest was building the repertoire of roles that would shape h…

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July 23, 2021

Special Episode: Interview by "The Theatre History Podcast"

This is an edited version of the interview with Peter Schmitz by Mike Lueger of "The Theatre History Podcast". In the interview, …

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July 9, 2021

Episode 13: Forrest of Philadelphia, Part One

Part One of our story of Philadelphia's own Edwin Forrest, the first great star of the American Stage! We follow him from birth, …

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June 25, 2021

Episode 12: The Stages of Fire

An exploration of Philadelphia's theater fires in the 1800s, and how efforts to prevent fires affect the physical environment of …

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June 11, 2021

Episode 11: The Theatrical Commonwealth

Wars, fires, melodramas, circuses, balloons, and ice cream . . . as we complete our multi-episode exploration of Philadelphia The…

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May 28, 2021

Episode 10: George Frederick Cooke Heads to Philadelphia

George Frederick Cooke, one of the greatest actors of the English stage, came to town in 1811 while on a barnstorming tour of Ame…

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May 14, 2021

Episode 9: Chaos Comes to Walnut Street

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

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April 30, 2021

Episode 8: New Year's Day at the New Theatre, 1800

Philadelphia's premiere theater company rings in the New Year of 1800 with their production of the spectacular Romance entitled "…

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April 9, 2021

Episode 7: Two Paintings at The Met

An examination of two works by artist John Lewis Krimmel, as they relate to the history of theater and public performance in earl…

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April 2, 2021

Episode 6: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Four

The final installment of our story about John Bill Ricketts, with more adventures about his equestrian circus and theatrical trou…

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March 26, 2021

Episode 5: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Three

The third in our four-part Adventure about John Bill Ricketts and his circus in Philadelphia, the temporary capital city of the n…

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March 26, 2021

Episode 4: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Two

The second of our four-part Adventure about John Bill Ricketts, the equestrian and showman, famous for being the originator of th…

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March 26, 2021

Episode 3: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part One

This is first section of our first deep dive, the initial Adventure in Theater History that the title of the show promises. John …

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March 26, 2021

Episode 2: Early Philadelphia Theater in the 18th Century

In this episode, we do a broad overview of Philadelphia theater and its contribution to American drama - from the founding of Pen…

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March 23, 2021

Episode 1: Welcome to Adventures in Theater History

This is the Introduction to entire Adventures in Theater History podcast. In this episode, we explain why we're here, and what we…

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