Theatre Royal, Derby

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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Theatre Royal, Derby
Location: Derby
County: Derbyshire
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: Bold Lane, Derby.
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  • Alternate Names: later became the Gospel Hall (1865)

  • Capacity: The Theatres Trust site suggests that the original performance space held 603 spectators

  • Performance Space Description: The Theatre Royal, Derby was a Proscenium Theatre, with a raked stage of approximately 20 feet in width (1821 measurements). For some descriptive information about the building itself, Click Here.

  • Performance History

  • The Theatre Royal Derby opened in 1773, after being converted from a malthouse.

  • According to the Theatres Trust Site, the Theatre closed in 1864 after struggling due to competition from other nearby entertainment venues. It was then remodeled and opened as a Gospel House in 1865.

  • The building was eventually transformed into a magistrates court, but is currently not in use.

    Please see the 'Bibliographic Sources' link at right for a complete listing of materials (both primary and secondary) from which the above information was compiled.

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Theatre Royal, Derby

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Aldridge, Ira Dramatic 2
    Mills, E. Dramatic 1

    Events at Theatre Royal, Derby

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 3 March 1851 - 8 March 1851 Derby, Derbyshire Mills, E.
    Dramatic 25 March 1851 - 25 March 1851 Derby, Derbyshire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 26 March 1851 - 29 March 1851 Derby, Derbyshire Aldridge, Ira

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Theatres Trust Website. 03/06/2008 (

      (Search 'Theatre Royal Derby')