Queen's Theatre

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Venue Type & Location

Theatre

Site Name: Queen's Theatre
Location: Manchester
County: Lancashire
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location

Overview

  • Address: Spring Gardens. For a current map, Click Here.


  • Alternate Names: Theatre Royal, New Theatre Royal (pre-1807), New Amphitheatre (after 1809), New Pavilion, Royal Minor Theatre


  • 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).


    Beth Marquis

  • Events at Queen's Theatre

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 10 February 1842 - 11 February 1842 Manchester, Lancashire Harper, E.R.
    Dramatic 15 September 1842 - 15 September 1842 Manchester, Lancashire Smith, Jonathan
    Dramatic 18 November 1844 - 18 November 1844 Manchester, Lancashire Brooke, G.V.
    Dramatic 29 June 1846 - 30 June 1846 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 1 July 1846 - 1 July 1846 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 2 July 1846 - 2 July 1846 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira, Slave Troupe (Manchester, 46)
    Dramatic 6 July 1846 - 11 July 1846 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira, Brooke, G.V., Oroonoko Troupe (Manchester, 46), Robinson Crusoe Troupe (Manchester, 46)
    Dramatic 13 July 1846 - 18 July 1846 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 23 September 1846 - 23 September 1846 Manchester, Lancashire Brooke, G.V.
    Dramatic 25 November 1846 - 28 November 1846 Manchester, Lancashire Bounce! Troupe (Manchester, 46)
    Dramatic 5 April 1847 - 5 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Female American Serenaders
    Dramatic 6 April 1847 - 6 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Female American Serenaders, Betty, Henry
    Dramatic 7 April 1847 - 10 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Female American Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 12 April 1847 - 13 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Female American Serenaders
    Dramatic 14 April 1847 - 15 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Female American Serenaders
    Dramatic 16 April 1847 - 16 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Betty, Henry, Female American Serenaders
    Dramatic 17 April 1847 - 17 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Female American Serenaders, Betty, Henry
    Dramatic 19 April 1847 - 19 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Female American Serenaders
    Dramatic 22 April 1847 - 22 April 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Tom & Jerry Troupe (Manchester, 47)
    Minstrel Show 26 April 1847 - 1 May 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Male and Female New York Ethiopian Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 3 May 1847 - 8 May 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Male and Female New York Ethiopian Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 10 May 1847 - 15 May 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Male and Female New York Ethiopian Serenaders
    Dramatic 20 September 1847 - 25 September 1847 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 27 September 1847 - 2 October 1847 Manchester, Lancashire 'Tahiti' Troupe (Queen's, 47)
    Dramatic 23 October 1848 - 28 October 1848 Manchester, Lancashire Othello Troupe (Manchester-Queen's, 48), Barlow, W.R.
    Dramatic 24 March 1849 - 24 March 1849 Manchester, Lancashire Green Bushes Troupe (Manchester, 49)
    Dramatic 7 May 1849 - 12 May 1849 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 16 July 1849 - 21 July 1849 Manchester, Lancashire Dillon, Charles
    Dramatic 4 December 1849 - 4 December 1849 Manchester, Lancashire Benson, Wood
    Dramatic 18 May 1850 - 18 May 1850 Manchester, Lancashire Queen's Company
    Dramatic 29 July 1850 - 3 August 1850 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 5 August 1850 - 10 August 1850 Manchester, Lancashire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 9 September 1850 - 14 September 1850 Manchester, Lancashire Dillon, Charles
    Dramatic 30 September 1850 - 5 October 1850 Manchester, Lancashire Dillon, Charles
    Dramatic 2 October 1850 - 2 October 1850 Manchester, Lancashire Mackney, E.W.
    Variety 23 June 1851 - 23 June 1851 Manchester, Lancashire Pelham, Richard
    Dramatic 21 July 1851 - 21 July 1851 Manchester, Lancashire Mude
    Dramatic 29 July 1851 - 29 July 1851 Manchester, Lancashire Bentley, T.
    Dramatic 13 October 1851 - 18 October 1851 Manchester, Lancashire Pitt, Charles
    Dramatic 29 November 1851 - 29 November 1851 Manchester, Lancashire Preston, George
    Dramatic 24 July 1852 - 24 July 1852 Manchester, Lancashire Egan, F.B.
    Dramatic 11 October 1852 - 16 October 1852 Manchester, Lancashire Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Manchester, 52)
    Dramatic 18 October 1852 - 23 October 1852 Manchester, Lancashire Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Manchester, 52)
    Dramatic 1 November 1852 - 6 November 1852 Manchester, Lancashire Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Manchester, 52)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Theatres Trust Website. 03/06/2008 (http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk)




      ”Address - Spring Gardens, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England



      Manchester’s first Theatre Royal was built by forty subscribers ‘as an antidote to prevailing religious excess’. A picture shows a typical ‘Theatric Tourist’ Georgian theatre. It burned to the ground in 1789 and was replaced with the insurance money. Known as the New Theatre Royal until 1807, it ceded its status to the Theatre Royal, Fountain Street, and was renamed ‘New Amphitheatre’ in 1809. It was a plain brick building 102ft long by 48ft wide: a small theatre with pit, gallery and boxes. The side boxes ran parallel to the exterior walls, with front boxes curving round in an ellipse. The proscenium consisted of ‘six Corinthian pillars’. Its turbulent history was due to the loss of Royal Patent and frequent changes of ownership. Enjoying a revival in 1844 when the Theatre Royal in Fountain Street burned down, a period of mounting competition ensued when the Theatre Royal in Peter Street opened. It closed in March 1869 and was demolished some months later when the spring (after which Spring Gardens was named) was found some 15ft below the stage.


      Other names - Theatre Royal, New Theatre Royal, New Amphitheatre (Bradbury’s), New Pavilion, Royal Minor Theatre.”
    • Theatrical Journal (London) May 23, 1850: 166:2.