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Loooking for something else (as usual) in a family scrapbook, I spotted Theatre Royal in the index. The following are newscuttings from December 1904 and let us date exactly the re-opening of the Theatre Royal.
This cutting is from December 7th and details a preview performance:
This is the advert for the opening production "Babes in the Woods" I was interested to see Phyllis Dare was in this as the owner of the scrapbook also had a whole album of postcards of her!
I remember my Dad taking me to see a play called Dry Rot at the Theatre Royal in 1956, shortly before it was demolished. the play was a farce starring John Slater. We sat up in the top gallery,'the Gods'. Had a good view of the theatre - it looked very shabby and in need of decoration. also saw Norman Evans in panto at the Royal in the 1950s.
@ Carolina Have you the plans for the 2nd Circle and the Balcony (Gods) It was on 4 Levels
Hmm... Bringing back to many memories I remeber beig up in the Gods. Watching Vic Oliver in the Last Panto "Old King Cole" My mother suffered from Heights... We nearly had to belt her in the seat layful: The Entarnce to the Gods as at the rear of the Theatre and you went up a plain brick Staircase that had gas lights as well as electric.. ( I was morified using this staircase we normaly used the Dress Circle. or was forced to slum it in the Stalls layful: ) It was after this experience that my Mother advanced book seats for the Theatre.. Next year We went to the Hippodrome to see their First Panto.. Jack and The Beanstalk (Which I still have the Programme) Staring Freddie Frinton. Beryl Reid... With her M&B earings. it was Produced by Tom Arnold... Hmm I am giving my age away.. Hmm There was a Bad effect of all this.. I ended up being a Managing Director of a Theatre..
I remember seeing the panto at the Hippodrome with Beryl Reid, it was a terrific show with a fantastic cast. I also saw John Slater in the farce Dry Rot at the Royal in 1956 shortly before the closure and subsequent demolition of that fine theatre.
Funny how you develop an attraction towards something you never saw or experienced. But I've certainly got a fascination for the Theatre Royal. And I think that's because it was host to one of our great writers when he was an actor: Charles Dickens.
And here's a programme from the 1920s on the Theatre's 150th anniversary, Christmas Eve .... Must have been magical .... It shows a nice contrast between the 1774 building and the replacement building, showing many similarities in the architecture. MD in 1924 was Philip Rodway. Viv.
The New Theatre Royal Canopy shown in picture was installed 1953 from memory
It must be remembered that "Moss Empire" under Val Parnell Chairmanship.. Sold a number of Theatres to Provide money for the starting of ATV Television.. As this Theatre was in need of a Massive refurb and was on Prime land. It fitted the bill to sell of.. Hmm Progressf