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Congratulations, Class of (19)19! (Click photo for more info)

One hundred years ago, Emerson College’s Class of 1919 posed in costume for their senior production of The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont, the earliest (1607) known parody play in English. The following year, a young Noel Coward would star in a Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of the play, which would eventually transfer to the West End. According to Wikipedia, The Times called it “the jolliest thing in London.” Clearly, the Emerson players knew a hit when they saw it. Image from the Emerson College Archives & Special Collections.


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