Site Name: Miss Kelly's Theatre
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location
Address: 73 Dean Street, Soho. For a current map, Click Here. For historical maps showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right),Click Here, and Here.
Alternate Names: Royal Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Soho, New English Opera House, New Royalty.
Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:
See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.
See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).
Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/)
Cunningham, P. Modern London; or, London as it is. London: John Murray, 1851.
”The SOHO THEATRE (late Miss KELLY'S) is in DEAN STREET, SOHO, and is let to private parties for amateur theatricals. The house will hold 700 people” (180).
Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.
London and its Environs. Leipsic: Karl Baedeker, 1885.
”ROYALTY THEATRE, 73 Dean Street, Soho. Burlesques, farce,s and opera bouffes” (39).
London as it is To-day. London: H.G. Clarke & Co., 1851.
“NEW ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE, 73, Dean Street, Soho. Erected by Miss Kelley, an actress of great celebrity, as a school for dramatic tuition, under the expectation of being honoured with the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire, and other members of the aristocracy; but the speculation was unsuccessful, involving its projector in irretrievable difliculties; it is now open for the performance of original operatic productions, by English composers; Doors open at half-past six o’clock; performances commence at seven. Admission: boxes, two shillings and sixpence; pit, one shilling and sixpence; amphitheatre, one shilling. Second price at nine o clock: boxes, one shilling and sixpence; pit, one shilling” (220).
London Theatres Website (Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury). 05/22/2008 (http://library.kent.ac.uk/library/special/html/specoll/theindex.htm)
Theatres in Victorian London Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.victorianweb.org/mt/theaters/pva234.html)
Timbs, John. Curiosities of London (1868). London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1868.
“SOHO THEATRE, now the NEW ROYALTY, was built for Frances Kelly, in 1840, as a school for acting, in the rear of No. 73, Dean-street. It will hold 600 persons” (787).
Timbs, John. Curiosities of London (1855). London: David Bogue, 1855.
The information provided within this source is much the same as that given within the 1868 edition of the book.