Plaque

Royal Coburg Theatre

Erection date: 14/9/1816

Inscription

This first stone of the Royal Coburg Theatre was laid on the 14th day of September in the year 1816 by his Serene Highness, the Prince of Saxe Coburg and her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte of Wales by their Serene and Royal Highness’s proxy, Alderman Goodbehere. 

Leopold and Charlotte had married on 2 May and Charlotte was already known to be pregnant so they were probably seen as a golden couple at the time of this plaque-laying. The drop curtain of the theatre bore an image of Claremont House, their Surrey home.

Site: The Old Vic (3 memorials)

SE1, The Cut, Old Vic Theatre

The Royal Coburg plaque is just around the corner to the left, on the flank wall. The large Cons plaque is over at the right, curving around the corner partly hidden by the lamppost. And the Morley plaque is around the corner to the right, on the Waterloo Road flank wall, above a back entrance, towards the southern end of the building.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Royal Coburg Theatre

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Royal Coburg Theatre / Royal Victoria Theatre / Old Vic

This theatre designed by the German architect Rudolphe Cabanel, began life in...

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Princess Charlotte of Wales

As the only child of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) and Caroline o...

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King Leopold I of the Belgians

Born in Coburg into the family ruling the German duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfel...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Royal Coburg Theatre

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Alderman Samuel Goodbehere

Probably born in Derbyshire as "Godbehere". A gold and silversmith. Died at h...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Royal Coburg Theatre

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Emma Cons - Old Vic

Emma Cons - Old Vic

Our thanks to our deciphering-of-difficult-to-read-inscriptions consultant, J...

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Samuel Morley

Samuel Morley

Despite the dates on it this plaque looks to us to be quite a modern creation...

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