London Theater


Covent Garden Theatre 1815

Pat here:

Even writing a 10,000-word short story seems to require extensive research—or maybe I just prefer digging through old books to actually setting rear in chair and writing. Anyway, I’ve been burying myself in early 19th century English theater lore (I obsess over whether to use theatre or theater and decided I'm American, so unless it's an official title, I'm going with theater), finding facts I’ll never use except here.

Did you realize that Covent Garden and Drury Lane were the only theaters in London with a royal patent to perform Shakespeare in the early 1800s? And they basically only ran during the winter months? Haymarket was licensed for the summer but none of the smaller venues were allowed to perform the great bard. Without Shakespeare, it was almost impossible for a smaller theater to survive.

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