Skellan's Enemy Within
The Temple of Drama
Most of the theatres in Altdorf can be found in the vicinity of the Konigplatz, Altdorf ’s busy market district. The famous Anselmo’s is the largest of Altdorf ’s theatres, though the smaller Vargr Breughel playhouse is well regarded due to the presence of actor manager Detlef Sierck – said to be the Empire’s greatest contemporary dramatician. The Temple of Drama lacks the critical cache of these establishments, but still does a brisk trade in knockabout farce and lurid melodrama.
The theatre is a large and tall red brick building signposted with two large hanging masks, golden and grinning comedy alongside silver, gurning tragedy. A billboard above the main entrance announces: ‘THE MIRACULOUS MUMMERS OF MIRAGLIANO ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THE SPINE-CHILLING MELODRAMA ‘COBWEB CASTLE (THE DISEMBOWELMENT OF DIDRICK).’ A small blackboard in front of the theatre reads: ‘We regret to announce that
performances are postponed until further notice.’