Facts about Theatre (part 1?)
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Some random facts about theatre.

Facts about Theatre (part 1?)

I'm bored, so I thought it would be nice if I share some random facts about theatre. Might do a part two. Might not. We'll see.

NUMBER 1:

NUMBER 1: Theatre has been around since the 6th Century B.C

NUMBER 2:

NUMBER 2: The first woman to appear in a Shakespeare play was in 1660, 44 years after Shakespeare's death.

NUMBER 2: The first woman to appear in a Shakespeare play was in 1660, 44 years after Shakespeare's death. It was previously illegal in England for a woman to act on stage until King Charles II said all female roles had to be played by women.

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NUMBER 3: In the early nineteenth century, theatres were lit by gas. There were hundreds of theatre fires before London's Savoy Theatre becoming the first to be electrically lit in 1881.

Leaving a flame burning overnight would prevent pressure from building up in the gas lines and a subsequent explosion.

Leaving a flame burning overnight would prevent pressure from building up in the gas lines and a subsequent explosion. It also gives the theatre's ghosts a light to perform by so they don't curse the production.

NUMBER 4:

NUMBER 4: We don't say "Good Luck" when someone is going on stage. We say "Break a leg" instead, because we believe saying "Good Luck" will bring bad luck to the musical/play.

NUMBER 5:

NUMBER 5: In the good old days, stagehands whistled to cue each other for carrying scenery.

NUMBER 5: In the good old days, stagehands whistled to cue each other for carrying scenery. A person whistled backstage could accidentally give a wrong cue to a worker who was lifting or dropping scenery to cause an accident.

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NUMBER 6: In London, Theatre Royal opened in the early 1660s. It has a reputation as the world's most haunted theatre.

NUMBER 6: In London, Theatre Royal opened in the early 1660s. It has a reputation as the world's most haunted theatre. It has been reported there was an 18th-century nobleman dressed in a tricorne hat, cape, and riding boots in the upper circle, telling audience members to "shhh".

NUMBER 6: Although it is terrifying to most of us, performers consider seeing ghosts a good sign.

NUMBER 7:

NUMBER 7: The first musical featuring an all-female creative team was ''Waitress'' which premiered on March 25, 2016.

NUMBER 7: The first musical featuring an all-female creative team was ''Waitress'' which premiered on March 25, 2016. The top 4 creative jobs along with the costume design and musical direction were handled by women.

NUMBER 8:

NUMBER 8: Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running Broadway show.

NUMBER 9:

NUMBER 9: Phantom of the Opera has been performed in 15 languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Castilian, Hungarian, Dutch, Korean, Portuguese, Mexican Spanish, Estonian, and Russian.

NUMBER 10:

NUMBER 10: Phantom of the Opera was played to over 140 million people in 35 countries in 166 cities around the world with an estimated gross of $6 billion.

NUMBER 10: Phantom of the Opera was played to over 140 million people in 35 countries in 166 cities around the world with an estimated gross of $6 billion. And the box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, ET, Star Wars, and Avatar.

NUMBER 11:

NUMBER 11: In terms of quantity, New York comes out top with 420 theatres followed by Paris (353) and Tokyo (230). London has a reputation as a theatre-crazy city only ranks fourth with 214 theatres.

NUMBER 11: In terms of quantity, New York comes out top with 420 theatres followed by Paris (353) and Tokyo (230). London has a reputation as a theatre-crazy city only ranks fourth with 214 theatres. New York is also top for theatre admission, reaching the number at 28.1M.

NUMBER 12:

NUMBER 12: March 27 is World Theatre Day. Celebrate this day, you lovely cowards <33

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