The Dock Street Theatre is Charleston’s last surviving antebellum hotel, constructed in 1735. It was originally known as the Planter’s Hotel. The hotel was used extensively by planters from the midlands of South Carolina and was noted for its delicious food and drinks. In the course of the visit, the group will learn about the history of the Dock Street Theatre, said to have been the first building that was built specifically for theatrical performances in America.
The Dock Street Theatre is home to the Charleston Stage Company, South Carolina’s largest professional theater production company. The theater opened on February 12, 1736 and was fully restored in the 1930s to its original appearance. It was converted back into a theater during this restoration process and in 2007, it was renovated once again and reopened in 2010. It continues to be the cultural centerpiece for the arts in Charleston, hosting a series of concerts throughout the year as well as the City Gallery, an exhibition space for local artists. The theater seats 450 people and is considered to be a beautiful and intimate venue. Group members will have an unforgettable experience at this popular destination.