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Birmingham Theatre Royal

A Few more pics of The Theatre.
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Mike Blakemore

master brummie
As a Special Thank you too Topsy.. Here is a picture from my collection... an Interior shot... I have a view of the Stage somewhere.. Hmmm I think she has put it in a safe place ???

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Bernard67Arnold

master brummie
I can remember just before we got married taking Enid to see Noel Gordon in
"Call me Madam" at the Theatre Royal, must have 1953/4 Bernard
 

leslam

Brummie by marriage
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:

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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!

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This is review of the opening production:
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johnf

New Member
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.

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johnf

New Member
I remember seeing the panto at the Hippodrome with Beryl Reid, it was fantastic, she did her Brummie accent as 'Marlene', never laughes so much in my life.

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Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Two great photos by the Warwickshire Photographic Society (and supplied via Birmingham Archives) : one of the stage from the dress circle and the second from 1901 of the working props room. Viv.


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Mike Blakemore

master brummie
@ 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 :playful: 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 :playful: ) 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..
 

johnf

New Member
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.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
A good clear view of the Theatre Royal and Piccadilly Arcade. Sorry, no date but looks abt 50s to me. Van has, I think, 'Sartorial Shops Ltd' written on the side. Never heard of them. Viv.

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Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
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.

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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.

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Mike Blakemore

master brummie
A good clear view of the Theatre Royal and Piccadilly Arcade. Sorry, no date but looks abt 50s to me. Van has, I think, 'Sartorial Shops Ltd' written on the side. Never heard of them. Viv.

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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
 
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