||Name is changed to Walnut Street Theatre, converted to a legitimate theatre.
||Interior is restored to that of a circus and the name is changed back
to The Olympic.
||Major renovations of interior and exterior, designed by John Haviland,
the most prominent architect of his day. The present façade is based on
his original design. Name changes back to the Walnut.
||The Walnut became the first theatre to install gas footlights.
||Edwin Booth and John Sleeper Clarke purchase the Walnut and guide it through
the Golden Age of American Theatre.
||Renovations included a new stage for more elaborate musical comedies.
||Walnut gets electricity, used for chandeliers and footlights.
||Some rebuilding done, designed by architect Willis Hale.
||Interior rebuilt within the old exterior, designed by William H. Lee,
using structural steel. Chandelier from the Bingham House Hotel is hung
from the center of the dome.
||Becomes part of Shubert chain, presenting pre-Broadway try-outs and world
premieres, including such classics as Streetcar Named Desire, Porgy and
Bess and A Raisin in the Sun
||Designated a National Historic Landmark.
||Purchased by the Haas Foundation from the Shuberts, is turned over to
the new Walnut Street Theatre Corporation. A multi-million dollar "Grand
Restoration" is begun, designed by architect F. Bryan Loving.
||Walnut re-opens as performing arts center, presenting theatre, opera,
dance, music and film.
||Walnut Street Theatre Company is formed, a not-for- profit regional producing
theatre under the direction of Bernard Havard, producing five productions
each season on the Mainstage. Today, the Walnut is the most subscribed theatre
company in the world.
||Walnut Street Theatre School is established. Today, over 1,200 students
||The Studio 3 Series is established, producing five productions each season
in the intimate third floor studio. Today, this series plays to capacity
||Major remodeling of the Mainstage area, including new seats, carpeting,
upgraded lighting and sound equipment. Throughout the house, several
improvements make the theatre more accessible, including the addition of
ADA compliant seating and an accessible restroom on the main floor. The
exterior façade is thoroughly cleaned, sealed and repainted.
Walnut Street Theatre celebrated it's 200th Anniversary with a birthday concert
featuring stage performers from the last quarter century. Many of the city's great
benefactors and politicians mingled with the hundreds of theatre artists that have
helped make Walnut Street Theatre the most popular theatre company in the region.
||With more than 20 productions, over 600 performances and over 350,000
attendees each season, Walnut Street Theatre is the most active theatre company
in the region. Our education and outreach programs reach over 110,000 students
and their families each year. As a producing company, we hire hundreds of the
nation's best artists from Philadelphia and around the world. We continue the
tradition of creating some of the best professional productions in the United
States. In 2009, Walnut Street Theatre celebrates its 200th anniversary.