Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (old)

Country: England, United Kingdom
Historic County: Warwickshire
City: Stratford-on-Avon

Built 1879 by William Frederick Unsworth. Named in honour of the Stratford-born English playwright, poet, and actor, William Shakespeare (ca.1564-1616). The complex comprised a theatre wing and a library and museum wing, linked by a galleried bridge. Various alterations 1889-1913. Theatre wing destroyed by a fire in 1926, leaving only a shell. Subsequently, a new "Shakespeare Memorial Theatre" was built next to the ruin in 1932.

The remaining shell was incorporated into the new complex by Elisabeth Scott as conference centre and rehearsal rooms. 1986 rebuilt as a theatre by Michael Reardon, re-opened as "Swan Theatre" (464 seats) and "Ashcroft Room".

[Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (old)] Reverse Text: "Shakespeare's Memorial Theatre - from an original water colour drawing by W. W. Quatremain"
Publisher: J. Salmon, Sevenoaks; 736
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (old)] Front Text: "Stratford-on-Avon, The Memorial Theatre "
Reverse Text: "Memorial Theatre. Stratford-on-Avon is famous the world over as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the great poet and dramatist. A large Gothic building, after designs by W. F. Cusworth, has been erected to his memory on the river banks. The building comprises a theatre, library, picture gallery and large central tower from the summit of which a fine general view of the town is obtained."
Publisher: Raphael Tuck & Sons; Glosso Series 5618; Stratford-on-Avon Ser. II
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (old)] Front Text: "Interior of Memorial Theatre. Destroyed by fire March 6th 1926"
Reverse Text: "Interior of Memorial Theatre, destroyed by fire March 6th, 1926"
Publisher: Raphael Tuck & Sons; For the Governors, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (old)] Front Text: "Destruction of the Memorial Theatre Stratford-on-Avon March 6th 1926"
Publisher: Antona; 135
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Sent: from Bicester to Canterbury, 1933

[Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (old)] Front Text: "Destruction of the Memorial Theatre Stratford-on-Avon by Fire March 6th 1926"
Publisher: Antona
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Not sent.


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