Charlton, Richard

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The Sombrero Playhouse, founded in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1949, was for many years a popular venue for touring productions featuring prominent performers, including a number of Hollywood luminaries. Founded by artistic director Richard Charlton, the Sombrero Playhouse became during its heyday perhaps the major performing arts center between Dallas and Los Angeles, attracting celebrity players such as Groucho Marx, Tallulah Bankhead, Ginger Rogers, Gloria Swanson, Bob Cummings, Celeste Holm, Shelley Winters, Margaret O'Brien, ZaSu Pitts, Pat O'Brien, Walter Pidgeon, John Raitt, and others. These actors usually toured in established works, but new plays were occasionally tried out at the Sombrero, such as William Inge's NATURAL AFFECTION, which premiered in Phoenix in 1962, a year prior to its Broadway run.

From the guide to the Sombrero Playhouse papers, 1961-1964, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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associatedWith Backstage Club (Phoenix, Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968 person
associatedWith Cummings, Robert, 1908-1990 person
associatedWith Galaxy Gallery (Phoenix, Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith Holm, Celeste, 1917-2012 person
associatedWith Inge, William person
associatedWith Marx, Groucho, 1890-1977 person
associatedWith O'Brien, Margaret, 1937- person
associatedWith O'Brien, Pat, 1899-1983 person
associatedWith Pidgeon, Walter, 1897-1984 person
associatedWith Pitts, ZaSu, 1898-1963 person
associatedWith Raitt, John, 1917-2005 person
associatedWith Rogers, Ginger, 1911-1995 person
associatedWith Sombrero Playhouse (Phoenix, Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith Swanson, Gloria person
associatedWith Winters, Shelley person
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Brighton, Sussex
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