May 28, 2021

Episode 10: George Frederick Cooke Heads to Philadelphia

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 America. His performances at the New Theatre on Chestnut Street astonished audiences, and he left behind many stories about his wild behavior offstage. His legacy in Philadelphia still lingers - in unexpected ways.


George Frederick Cooke, one of the greatest actors of the English stage, came to town in 1811 while on a barnstorming tour of America. His performances of Shakespeare astonished audiences, and his visit left behind vivid stories of his wild behavior. Other things about him still remain in Philadelphia, too . . . 

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