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Venue Type & Location

Music Hall

Site Name: Rotunda
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: 58 Blackfriars Road, Southwark (West side, just North of Stamford Street.) For a current map, Click Here.

  • Alternate Names: Surrey Institution, Globe 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

  • Troupes at Rotunda

    Events at Rotunda

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Variety 8 December 1851 - 13 December 1851 London, London (city-county) South American Minstrels
    Variety 26 January 1852 - 31 January 1852 London, London (city-county) Unknown Minstrel Troupe (Rotunda, 1852)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (
    • Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.

      p30 (under Britannia Music Hall).

    • Walford, Edward. Old and New London Vol. 6 (1878). Reproduced at British History Online. 03/23/2008 (

      “A few doors northwards of Stamford Street, on the west side of Blackfriars Road, is the building once occupied by the museum collected by Sir Ashton Lever, and removed hither from Leicester Square, (fn. 8) when it became the property of a Mr. Parkinson. […]

      This curious, extensive, and valuable collection here experienced the most mortifying neglect, till, in 1806, it was finally dispersed by public auction, in a sale which lasted forty days. The premises were subsequently occupied by the Surrey Institution, which was established in the following year. Here some gentlemen proposed to form an institution on the Surrey side of the river, on a plan similar to that of the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street. It was intended to have a series of lectures, an extensive library and reading-rooms, a chemical laboratory and philosophical apparatus, &c. In 1820 this valuable institution was dissolved, the library, &c., being sold by auction. After that, the building, which was called the Rotunda, was occupied for some years as a wine and concertroom. In September, 1833, it was opened as the Globe Theatre. Two years previously it had been appropriated to all kinds of purposes, including the dissemination of the worst religious and political opinions, and penny exhibitions of wax-work and wild beast shows. In 1838 the Rotunda was again opened as a concert-room; but the concern never prospered, and its vicissitudes afterwards are not worth noting. It was finally closed as a place of amusement about the year 1855, and the building is now used for business purposes, being known as the Rotunda Auction and Sale Rooms.”