Theatre Royal, Sheffield

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Site Name: Theatre Royal, Sheffield
Location: Sheffield
County: Yorkshire: West Riding
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location

Overview

  • Address: Tudour Street, Sheffield. (also listed as “in Arundel-street and Norfolk-street” in William White’s General Directory of 1845 [15, quoted in Kathleen Barker Collection]. For a current map, Click Here.



  • Alternate Names: Theatre and Assembly Rooms; Theatre, Tudour Street.



  • Performance Space Description: The Sheffield Directory and Guide of 1828 notes that the Theatre and the local Assembly Rooms were “part of the same extensive pile of brick building” (lxii). This complex, the author maintains, presented “a striking front, relieved by stone pillars and a handsome pediment towards Norfolk street” (ibid). As yet, little information about the performance space itself has been found (although details pertaining to the later, Frank Matcham designed version of the theatre can be found on the Arthur Lloyd site).



  • Typical Fare: Between 1842 and 1852, the Theatre Royal presented all manner of dramatic fare – from tragedy and comedy to melodrama, farce and pantomime. On occasion, its stage was also used for vocal entertainments and concerts.



  • Performance History

  • The Theatre Royal was built in 1773, using funds raised by shareholders. It was enlarged and reconstructed several times over the course of its history, and was redesigned for the last time by Frank Matcham in 1901.



  • The building was destroyed by fire in December, 1935, and completely demolished shortly thereafter.



    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

    Additional research by Paul Babiak

  • Troupes at Theatre Royal, Sheffield

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Aldridge, Ira Dramatic 7
    Amateur Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 50) Dramatic 1
    Anderson, James Dramatic 1
    Barker, Joseph Lecture 1
    Barry Dramatic 1
    Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 47-48) Dramatic 5
    Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 50) Circus 2
    Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 51) Dramatic 1
    Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 52) Dramatic 1
    Brooke, G.V. Dramatic 2
    Castle Spectre Troupe (Sheffield, 45-46) Dramatic 2
    Corsair Troupe (Sheffield, 52) Dramatic 1
    Creole Troupe (Sheffield, 52) Dramatic 1
    Dillon, Charles Dramatic 3
    Donaldson Vocal Entertainment 1
    Douglass, Frederick Lecture 1
    Female American Serenaders Minstrel 1
    Fitzwilliam, Mrs. Dramatic 6
    Forrest Dramatic 2
    Green Bushes Troupe (Sheffield, 50) Dramatic 1
    Green Bushes Troupe (Sheffield, 51) Dramatic 1
    Hammond, W.J. Dramatic 1
    Indian Drum Troupe (Sheffield, 45) Vocal Entertainment 1
    Lacy, T.H. Dramatic 1
    Lion of Africa Troupe (Sheffield, 48) Dramatic 1
    Mackney, E.W. Minstrel 1
    Macready Dramatic 3
    Mude Dramatic 2
    My Poll Troupe (Sheffield, 45) Dramatic 2
    Negro Entertainment Troupe (Sheffield, 44) Minstrel 1
    New Orleans Ethiopian Serenaders Minstrel 4
    O-Jib-Bway Indians Exhibition 1
    Obi Troupe (Sheffield, 45) Dramatic 1
    Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 43) Dramatic 1
    Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 45) Dramatic 1
    Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 46) Dramatic 1
    Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 47) Dramatic 2
    Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 49) Dramatic 1
    Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 50) Dramatic 1
    Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 52) Dramatic 3
    Othello/Obi Troupe (Sheffield, 1842) Dramatic 1
    Revenge Troupe (Sheffield, 1843) Dramatic 1
    Russell, Henry Vocal Entertainment 4
    Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 43) Dramatic 1
    Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 45) Dramatic 1
    Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 46) Dramatic 3
    Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 49) Dramatic 2
    Smith, Henry Vocal Entertainment 1
    Smythson, M. Dramatic 1
    Ternan Dramatic 1
    Unknown Minstrel Troupe (Sheffield, 45) Minstrel 1
    Ware Minstrel 1

    Events at Theatre Royal, Sheffield

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 22 November 1841 - 22 November 1841 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 23 November 1841 - 23 November 1841 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 25 November 1841 - 25 November 1841 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 26 November 1841 - 26 November 1841 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 9 May 1842 - 9 May 1842 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 11 May 1842 - 11 May 1842 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 13 May 1842 - 13 May 1842 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 5 December 1842 - 5 December 1842 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello/Obi Troupe (Sheffield, 1842)
    Dramatic 3 January 1843 - 3 January 1843 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Revenge Troupe (Sheffield, 1843)
    Dramatic 24 January 1843 - 24 January 1843 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Ternan
    Dramatic 15 November 1843 - 15 November 1843 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 43)
    Dramatic 14 December 1843 - 14 December 1843 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 43)
    Dramatic 11 November 1844 - 11 November 1844 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Negro Entertainment Troupe (Sheffield, 44)
    Dramatic 13 January 1845 - 17 January 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Fitzwilliam, Mrs.
    Dramatic 20 January 1845 - 20 January 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding My Poll Troupe (Sheffield, 45), Ware
    Dramatic 22 January 1845 - 22 January 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding My Poll Troupe (Sheffield, 45)
    Dramatic 28 January 1845 - 28 January 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Lacy, T.H.
    Dramatic 7 March 1845 - 7 March 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Macready
    Dramatic 27 March 1845 - 27 March 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Obi Troupe (Sheffield, 45)
    Dramatic 31 March 1845 - 31 March 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 45), Indian Drum Troupe (Sheffield, 45)
    Dramatic 18 November 1845 - 18 November 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Mude
    Dramatic 22 November 1845 - 22 November 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Brooke, G.V.
    Dramatic 28 November 1845 - 28 November 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 45)
    Dramatic 11 December 1845 - 11 December 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Unknown Minstrel Troupe (Sheffield, 45)
    Dramatic 27 December 1845 - 27 December 1845 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Castle Spectre Troupe (Sheffield, 45-46)
    Dramatic 24 January 1846 - 24 January 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Forrest
    Dramatic 30 January 1846 - 30 January 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Forrest
    Dramatic 7 February 1846 - 7 February 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Castle Spectre Troupe (Sheffield, 45-46)
    Dramatic 9 March 1846 - 11 March 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Fitzwilliam, Mrs.
    Dramatic 12 March 1846 - 13 March 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Fitzwilliam, Mrs.
    Dramatic 27 March 1846 - 27 March 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Hammond, W.J.
    Minstrel Show 16 April 1846 - 17 April 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Russell, Henry
    Exhibition 18 May 1846 - 23 May 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding O-Jib-Bway Indians
    Dramatic 13 October 1846 - 14 October 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 46)
    Dramatic 22 October 1846 - 22 October 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 46)
    Dramatic 4 November 1846 - 4 November 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 46)
    Dramatic 9 November 1846 - 9 November 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Fitzwilliam, Mrs.
    Dramatic 10 November 1846 - 10 November 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Fitzwilliam, Mrs.
    Dramatic 11 November 1846 - 13 November 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Fitzwilliam, Mrs.
    Dramatic 27 November 1846 - 27 November 1846 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 46)
    Lecture 16 March 1847 - 17 March 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Barker, Joseph
    Lecture 25 March 1847 - 25 March 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Douglass, Frederick
    Dramatic 6 April 1847 - 6 April 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 47)
    Dramatic 22 April 1847 - 22 April 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Donaldson
    Vocal Entertainment 10 May 1847 - 12 May 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 17 May 1847 - 19 May 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding New Orleans Ethiopian Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 20 September 1847 - 23 September 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding New Orleans Ethiopian Serenaders
    Dramatic 11 October 1847 - 15 October 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 47-48), Dillon, Charles, Barry
    Dramatic 18 October 1847 - 18 October 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 47-48)
    Dramatic 15 November 1847 - 17 November 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Female American Serenaders
    Dramatic 24 November 1847 - 24 November 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 47)
    Dramatic 2 December 1847 - 2 December 1847 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 47-48)
    Dramatic 17 January 1848 - 17 January 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Macready
    Dramatic 18 January 1848 - 18 January 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 47-48)
    Dramatic 24 January 1848 - 28 January 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding New Orleans Ethiopian Serenaders
    Dramatic 17 February 1848 - 17 February 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 47-48)
    Dramatic 2 March 1848 - 2 March 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Smith, Henry
    Dramatic 7 March 1848 - 7 March 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Lion of Africa Troupe (Sheffield, 48)
    Minstrel Show 10 April 1848 - 15 April 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding New Orleans Ethiopian Serenaders
    Dramatic 26 October 1848 - 26 October 1848 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Smythson, M.
    Dramatic 10 January 1849 - 10 January 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Anderson, James
    Dramatic 1 February 1849 - 1 February 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 49)
    Dramatic 2 February 1849 - 2 February 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Mude
    Dramatic 6 February 1849 - 6 February 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Slave Troupe (Sheffield, 49)
    Dramatic 3 September 1849 - 3 September 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Dillon, Charles
    Dramatic 5 November 1849 - 5 November 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Dillon, Charles
    Dramatic 4 December 1849 - 4 December 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 49)
    Dramatic 24 January 1850 - 24 January 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Macready
    Dramatic 11 March 1850 - 11 March 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 50)
    Dramatic 5 August 1850 - 5 August 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Brooke, G.V.
    Dramatic 11 November 1850 - 12 November 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 50)
    Dramatic 18 November 1850 - 18 November 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Amateur Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 50)
    Dramatic 6 December 1850 - 6 December 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Green Bushes Troupe (Sheffield, 50)
    Dramatic 20 December 1850 - 20 December 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 50)
    Dramatic 22 January 1851 - 22 January 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Green Bushes Troupe (Sheffield, 51)
    Dramatic 12 February 1851 - 12 February 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Mackney, E.W.
    Vocal Entertainment 29 September 1851 - 3 October 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Russell, Henry
    Dramatic 10 December 1851 - 10 December 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 51)
    Dramatic 6 January 1852 - 6 January 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 52)
    Dramatic 3 February 1852 - 3 February 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 52)
    Dramatic 14 February 1852 - 14 February 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Black Doctor Troupe (Sheffield, 52)
    Dramatic 20 February 1852 - 20 February 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Creole Troupe (Sheffield, 52)
    Dramatic 23 February 1852 - 23 February 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Corsair Troupe (Sheffield, 52)
    Minstrel Show 4 October 1852 - 8 October 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Russell, Henry
    Dramatic 9 December 1852 - 9 December 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire: West Riding Othello Troupe (Sheffield, 52)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/)

      (Under More Provincial Theatres - Sheffield)

    • University of Bristol, Kathleen Barker Collection. KB/3.
    • Picture Sheffield – Sheffield Local Studies Library. 03/14/2008 (http://www.picturesheffield.com/database.html)

      (A search for ‘Theatre Royal' will turn up several interesting images

    • Sheffield Directory and Guide. Sheffield: John Blackwell, 1828.
    • Vickers, J. Edward. A Popular History of Sheffield. East Ardsley, Wakefield: EP Publishing Limited, 1978.
    • White, Wm. General Directory. p15. Transcribed in University of Bristol, Kathleen Barker Collection (KB/3).