London: Her Majesty's Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London W1
Location: Haymarket

[1st theatre on the site built 1704-1705 as "Queen's Theatre" by Sir John Vanbrugh. 1714 renamed "King's Theatre". Destroyed by a fire in 1790. See London: King's Theatre (Haymarket).

2nd theatre built 1790-1791 by Michael Novosieslki. 1816-1818 new façade and "Royal Opera Arcade" by John Nash and George Repton. 1837 renamed "Her Majesty's". From 1837-1847 also known as "Italian Opera House". 1868, after a fire, rebuilding within the exterior walls by Charles Lee.]

Current theatre built 1897 by Charles John Phipps for Beerbohm Tree, preserving only the 1818 "Royal Opera Arcade" (at the rear). Originally used as a drama theatre. 1901 renamed "His Majesty's". From 1916, the Oscar Asche show "Chu Chin Chow" ran for 2238 performances. 1953 renamed "Her Majesty's". 1961 redecoration. 1990-1993 renovation and improvements by H. L. M. and C. G. Twelves. Currently used for large-scale musical performances (e. g. the A. L. Webber's musical "The Phantom of the Opera", running for over 17 years). 1210 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • John M. Synge: The Tinker's Wedding (11 Nov 1909)
  • André Previn: Good Companions (11 Jul 1974)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber/Alan Ayckbourn: Jeeves (22 Apr 1975)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber/Charles Hart/Richard Stilgoe: The Phantom of the Opera (9 Oct 1986)

Links: www.hermajestystheatre.co.uk, Wikipedia, Theatres Trust

[London: Her Majesty's Theatre] Front Text: "His Majesty's Theatre, London"
Publisher: E. F. A. London Theatre Series; No. 1004
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[London: Her Majesty's Theatre] Front Text: "His Majesty's Theatre, London"
Publisher: "P. P. & P. Co., Croydon"
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[London: Her Majesty's Theatre] Folded Greeting Card Front Text: inscription: "Her Majesty's Theatre", on canopy: "The Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty's Theatre"
Reverse Text: "Her Majesty's Theatre, London, Reproduced from a watercolour by Alex Jawdokinov"
Publisher: A. J. Cards, London
Size: 21.0 x 15.1 cm (folded)

For another picture of this theatre, see London: "The Theatres of London".


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