The Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century. The theatre was originally built in 1806 and has undergone several renovations and alterations over the years, but it has always been a popular venue for performances and entertainment.
One of the most notable events in the Theatre Royal’s history occurred in 1831, when the famous actor Edmund Kean collapsed on stage during a performance of Othello. Kean died a few days later, and his death was attributed to a combination of exhaustion and alcoholism.
In the late 19th century, the Theatre Royal became a popular venue for pantomimes, and many famous actors and actresses of the time performed there. The theatre also hosted musical performances, variety shows, and plays, with notable productions including Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and the first English-language performance of Chekhov’s The Seagull.
During World War II, the Theatre Royal was damaged by bombs, but it was rebuilt and reopened in 1948. In the 1960s and 70s, the theatre became a popular venue for rock concerts, with bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Led Zeppelin performing there.
Today, the Theatre Royal continues to be a popular venue for a wide range of performances, including plays, musicals, and comedy shows. It has a seating capacity of over 1,000 and is one of the most iconic and well-loved theatres in the UK.