Strand Theatre

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

Overview

  • Address: 168-9 Strand, Westminster. For a current map, Click Here. For historical maps showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right), Click Here, Here, and Here.


  • Alternate Names: New Strand Theatre, Royal Strand 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 Strand Theatre

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 18 April 1842 - 23 April 1842 London, London (city-county) Corrie, J., Strand Theatre Troupe (1842)
    Dramatic 5 September 1842 - 10 September 1842 London, London (city-county) Strand Theatre Troupe (1842)
    Dramatic 15 January 1844 - 20 January 1844 London, London (city-county) American Palmer, the Kentucky Banjo Player
    Dramatic 22 January 1844 - 27 January 1844 London, London (city-county) American Palmer, the Kentucky Banjo Player
    Dramatic 29 January 1844 - 3 February 1844 London, London (city-county) American Palmer, the Kentucky Banjo Player
    Dramatic 5 February 1844 - 7 February 1844 London, London (city-county) American Palmer, the Kentucky Banjo Player
    Dramatic 27 May 1844 - 1 June 1844 London, London (city-county) American Southern Minstrels
    Minstrel Show 2 September 1844 - 7 September 1844 London, London (city-county) Vilain, Pierre, The Paganini of Western India
    Vocal Entertainment 3 August 1846 - 8 August 1846 London, London (city-county) Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 19 October 1846 - 19 October 1846 London, London (city-county) Morley (1846)
    Vocal Entertainment 8 February 1847 - 13 February 1847 London, London (city-county) Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 15 February 1847 - 20 February 1847 London, London (city-county) Russell, Henry
    Variety 22 February 1847 - 27 February 1847 London, London (city-county) Russell, Henry
    Variety 1 March 1847 - 6 March 1847 London, London (city-county) Russell, Henry
    Concert 5 April 1847 - 10 April 1847 London, London (city-county) Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 3 May 1847 - 8 May 1847 London, London (city-county) Beyadere and Female Serenaders
    Ballet 14 June 1847 - 19 June 1847 London, London (city-county) Burlesque Ballet Troupe
    Exhibition 6 September 1847 - 11 September 1847 London, London (city-county) Bosjesmans
    Minstrel Show 17 April 1848 - 22 April 1848 London, London (city-county) Female American Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 8 May 1848 - 13 May 1848 London, London (city-county) Female American Serenaders
    Vocal Entertainment 31 July 1848 - 31 July 1848 London, London (city-county) Russell, Henry
    Concert 12 October 1848 - 12 October 1848 London, London (city-county) Sharp, J.W.
    Minstrel Show 16 October 1852 - 16 October 1852 London, London (city-county) Dumbolton's Serenaders (1852)
    Dramatic 23 October 1852 - 23 October 1852 London, London (city-county) Dumbolton's African (Dramatic) Troupe (1852)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/)
    • Bell’s Life in London May 9, 1847: 3:2 .
    • Black’s New Guide to London and its Environs. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1863.




      “THE STRAND THEATRE, 169 Strand, was originally built for the exhibition of a panorama, but was altered in 1831 into a theatre” (215).
    • Clarke, Henry Green. London in All Its Glory. London: H.G. Clarke & Co., 1851.




      “THE STRAND THEATRE, Strand. Built by Mr. Rayner, the comedian, on the site of Baker's Panorama. It is a small yet neat theatre, and is principally confined to the production of vaudevilles and other light comic pieces (127).
    • Davis, Jim & Victor Emeljanow. Reflecting the Audience. London Theatregoing, 1840-1880. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2001.




      Cruchley’s Guide in 1841 described this theatre’s entertainments as “operas, burlettas and ballets” (186).
    • Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (http://www.victorianlondon.org/)

      (Under Entertainment - Theatre & Shows - Theatres & Venues - Strand Theatre)

    • Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.

      pp. 230-1.

    • London and its Environs. Leipsic: Karl Baedeker, 1885.




      ”ROYAL STRAND THEATRE, Strand, near Somerset House. Comedies, opera bouffes, and burlesques” (38).
    • London as it is To-day. London: H.G. Clarke & Co., 1851.




      The information provided within this source is similar to that given within London in all its Glory, also published by H.G. Clarke, & Co.


      In addition, this source also contains the following:

      “168, Strand […] It was at one time under the management of Mrs. Waylett, by the influence of whose talents it acquired a high reputation, and afterwards under that of the late Mr. W.J. Hammond, when it also enjoyed a large share of public support, Mrs. Nesbitt and Mrs. Stirling gracing it with their presence; here, Mr. Douglas Jerrold, for a short time, appeared on the stage, in one of his own admirable dramas; and here, too, when under the management of Mr. W. Farren, that admirable actress, Mrs. Glover, fulfilled her last engagement on the stage, previous to the evening of her farewell benefit at Drury Lane, an evening which she only survived a few days. Lessee, Mr. G. Purday. Doors open at half-past six; performances commence at seven. Admission: stalls, four shillings; boxes, three shilings [sic]; pit, one shilling; gallery, sixpence. Second price to the boxes only at nine o clock” (217).
    • Sherson, Erroll. London’s Lost Theatres of the Nineteenth Century. New York: Benjamin Blom, Inc., 1925.

      pp211-216.

    • 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.




      “STRAND THEATRE, No. 169, Strand, originally Barker's Panorama, was altered in 183[?] for Rayner, the low comedian, and Mrs. Waylett, the singer. Here were produced Douglas Jerrold's early plays. The theatre has since become famous for its burlesques” (788).


      Also gives the theatre’s capacity (in 1866) as 700 (789)
    • Timbs, John. Curiosities of London (1855). London: David Bogue, 1855.

      pp720-1.


      The information provided within this source is much the same as that given within the 1868 edition of the book.