Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Other Images

Legend
map legend

Venue Type & Location

Theatre

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

Overview

  • Address: St. Mary’s Gate (Near St. Mary’s Church), Nottingham. Click Here for Map.



  • Performance Space Description: In the 2nd edition of A Stranger’s Guide Through Nottingham (c. 1849) the Theatre Royal is described as “not at all remarkable” in terms of its “size and appointments” (95). Outside of this rather ambivalent description, little information about the performance space has yet been found.



  • Typical Fare: During the years covered by this database, the Theatre Royal produced several kinds of dramatic entertainment (including farces, melodramas, pantomimes and ‘legitimate’ works), and hosted well known performers such as Charles Kean. In addition to dramatic works, however, the theatre’s bills also frequently included, dancers, magicians, lecturers, etc.



  • Performance History

  • The original Theatre Royal was built in 1760, and enjoyed some popularity around the turn of the 19th Century. According to A Stranger’s Guide Through Nottingham (c. 1849), it was again “tolerably well attended” by the mid-1800s (95).



  • The circumstances surrounding the destruction of the theatre have not yet been discovered. In 1865, however, a new Theatre Royal was erected in the City Centre. This later building still stands today.




    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

  • Events at Theatre Royal, Nottingham

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 27 December 1841 - 31 December 1841 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Harper, E.R.
    Dramatic 1 January 1842 - 1 January 1842 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Harper, E.R.
    Dramatic 5 June 1843 - 9 June 1843 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Harper, E.R.
    Minstrel Show 6 November 1843 - 10 November 1843 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Unknown Minstrel Troupe (Nottingham, 43)
    Dramatic 18 March 1844 - 18 March 1844 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire American Southern Minstrels
    Dramatic 25 March 1845 - 25 March 1845 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Othello Troupe (Nottingham, 45)
    Dramatic 7 April 1845 - 11 April 1845 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire American Southern Minstrels
    Dramatic 6 August 1846 - 6 August 1846 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Green Bushes Troupe (Nottingham, 46)
    Dramatic 12 October 1846 - 13 October 1846 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Fitzwilliam, Mrs.
    Dramatic 27 October 1846 - 27 October 1846 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Slave Troupe (Nottingham, 46)
    Dramatic 4 October 1847 - 4 October 1847 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Green Bushes Troupe (Nottingham, 47)
    Dramatic 26 October 1847 - 26 October 1847 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Smythson, M.
    Dramatic 29 October 1847 - 29 October 1847 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Green Bushes Troupe (Nottingham, 47)
    Dramatic 22 November 1847 - 22 November 1847 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Fielding
    Minstrel Show 30 November 1847 - 30 November 1847 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Lantum Serenaders
    Dramatic 5 January 1848 - 5 January 1848 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Flying Indians Troupe (Nottingham, 48)
    Dramatic 17 January 1848 - 17 January 1848 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 18 January 1848 - 18 January 1848 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 19 January 1848 - 19 January 1848 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 20 January 1848 - 21 January 1848 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Aldridge, Ira
    Vocal Entertainment 27 November 1848 - 1 December 1848 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Templeton, H.
    Dramatic 23 April 1849 - 23 April 1849 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Saville, Mrs. J.F.
    Dramatic 5 October 1849 - 5 October 1849 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Mills, E.
    Dramatic 8 October 1849 - 9 October 1849 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Lacey
    Dramatic 17 November 1849 - 17 November 1849 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Dillon, Charles
    Dramatic 9 December 1850 - 14 December 1850 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Aldridge, Ira
    Vocal Entertainment 13 October 1851 - 18 October 1851 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Russell, Henry
    Dramatic 18 August 1852 - 18 August 1852 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Pitt, Charles
    Dramatic 23 October 1852 - 23 October 1852 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Pitt, Charles
    Dramatic 25 October 1852 - 30 October 1852 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Nottingham, 52)
    Dramatic 11 November 1852 - 11 November 1852 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Nottingham, 52)
    Dramatic 27 December 1852 - 29 December 1852 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Nottingham, 52)
    Dramatic 10 January 1853 - 1 January 1853 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Nottingham, 53)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • 2nd Theatre Royal Nottingham Website. 05/23/2008 (http://www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk/default.asp?id=1)
    • University of Bristol, Kathleen Barker Collection. KB/1.
    • Edwards, K.C. (ed). Nottingham and Its Region. Nottingham: Derry and Sons, 1966.
    • Nottingham Guardian November 11, 1852: Referenced in University of Bristol, Barker Collection.
    • A Stranger's Guide Through Nottingham (2nd ed.) p51. Transcribed in University of Bristol, Kathleen Barker Collection (KB/1)..