Upon his death, Walnut stagehand Pop Reed asked for his skull to be returned to the theatre where he spent his life and utilized as a prop (Alas, poor Yorrick…). The skull is signed by several great actors of the late 19th Century.

Planned Giving


In 2000, the Board of Trustees established the Pop Reed Society to recognize individuals who contribute to the life of the theatre by placing a provision for the Walnut in their will or estate plan. Named after a famously dedicated member of our staff during the 19th century, the Society is composed of people whose vision for Philadelphia includes a healthy, vibrant Walnut Street Theatre. Every year, our Board sponsors a dinner for members in order to honor their foresight and their generosity.

Seven generations of Philadelphians have laughed, cried, and hummed along in the seats of the Walnut. By becoming a member of the Pop Reed Society, you can help to ensure that our level of theatrical excellence and our historic building will be preserved for many generations to come.

If you wish to receive more information on how you can join the Pop Reed Society, please call Rebekah Sassi, Director of Institutional Advancement at (215) 574-3580.