Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater

Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater

From an unscheduled stop at the old theater.

‘On February 12, 1736 the original Dock Street Theatre opened with a performance of George Farquhar’s play The Recruiting Officer. Built on the corner of Church Street and Dock Street (now known as Queen Street), the Historic Dock Street Theatre was the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances. Flora, the first opera performance in America, took place at the Historic Dock Street Theatre.’   (Wikipedia)

Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater
Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater

The first building, and much of Charleston burned in 1740.

The current theater was originally the Planters Hotel, a hotel for plantation owners and traders. The upstairs bar originated the rum drink ‘Planters Punch’.

Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater
Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater

Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater
Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater

Plays are still performed through out the year. I have attended performances here and the quality is what you would expect from the oldest theater and group in the US. Besides, you are sitting in the middle of history all through the show.

Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater
Old Dock Street, Charleston Theater

Whenever going by and discover the doors are open we wander inside.

Dock Street Theater, French Quarter, Charleston.

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