The New York City Macbeth Riot

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Here's a video from The History Guy on the Astor Place Riot of 1849, also known as the Shakespeare Riots. Amid the tensions of a growing America, a rivalry between two great actors turns violent in New York City. The rivalry between two Shakespearean actors of the day, British actor William Charles Macready and American Edwin Forrest, turned violent during a production of Macbeth at New York’s Astor Place Opera House, leaving at least 22 dead and more than 100 injured. {youtube}v=EWx2oQo-2I0{/youtube}

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Playing with Scale: How Stage Designers Use Set Models Exhibit at the National Theatre

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Playing with Scale: How Stage Designers Use Set Models is a new free exhibition at the National Theatre that explores how designers use set models for theatre-making. Playing with Scale unfolds the idea of a scale model and explains the importance of models as a design tool. This free exhibition is in the Wolfson Gallery and it’s open now and runs through March 23, 2019. Here’s a video of scenic designer, Bunny Christie using a set model for her design of The Comedy of Errors: {youtube}v=Tv_geitX9_4{/youtube}

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Smart Caption Glasses at the National Theatre Offer Wider Access to Hearing Impaired Theatergoers

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Smart Caption Glasses offer an innovative new way for deaf and hard of hearing people to enjoy performances at the National Theatre and hopefully in the near future at theaters globally. In 2019, they will allow people with hearing loss to enjoy National Theater productions from any seat in any theatre. When wearing the glasses, users will see a transcript of the dialogue and descriptions of the sound from a performance displayed on the lenses of the glasses. 
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Chicago Broadway's longest-running American musical
Chicago Broadway's longest-running American musical

Chicago Celebrates 22 Years on Broadway

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The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago, now playing at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre, celebrates its 22nd Broadway anniversary today! To commemorate the milestone, here are 22 facts about Chicago’s 22 “Razzle Dazzle” years! Plus a video of Costume Designer William Ivey Long talking us through the show's design character-by-character. Happy Anniversary...and all that jazz!
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Working in the Theatre Video: Wardrobe

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Here's a video from the American Theatre Wing that takes a look at the work of the Wardrobe Department, specifically for the current production of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater. The costumes are created to fulfill the epic world that a play or musical inhabits. It takes lots of organization, maintenance, and often creativity to get the performers ready for each and every scene (and maybe even a quick change during a scene). They interview Patrick Bevilacqua, Assistant Costume Designer / Wardrobe Supervisor, Jessica Firorella, Internal Costume Swing, and Dean Amato, Male Principal Dresser for My Fair Lady {youtube}v=bQDJBHpzMPU{/youtube}

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