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Charleston, SC – Dock Street Theatre

Spoleto will showcase historic Dock Street Theatre

The cozy venue, reopening after a 3-year renovation, will host opera, Noel Coward play and chamber music.

By Steven Brown

sbrown@charlotteobserver.com

Posted: Sunday, Jan. 03, 2010

After three years of polishing, one of Charleston’s gems will be back on display during this year’s Spoleto Festival USA.

The Dock Street Theatre, whose coziness has enhanced Spoleto plays, operas and chamber music, will welcome audiences again after three years of extensive renovation. Naturally, the festival – to run from May 28 to June 13 – is taking some cues from the theater’s reopening.

Spoleto will revive the first opera performed in the United States: “Flora, An Opera,” whose performances in Charleston in 1735 gave the art form its debut in the colonies. That run went over so well that “Flora” was brought back the next year in the then-new Dock Street Theatre – a precursor to today’s theater, which was built in the 1930s in 18th-century style.

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