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His Majesty's Theatre / Her Majesty's Theatre

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In 1705 Vanbrugh completed the Queen's Theatre, named in honour of Queen Anne, which quickly became informally known as the Haymarket Opera House (not to be confused with the Theatre Royal Haymarket / Haymarket Theatre nor with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden). On the accession of George I in 1714 it became the King's Theatre and now formally changes names depending on the gender of the monarch. Initially it was not a success because of its terrible acoustics and in 1709 it was turned over to Italian opera. It was here that Handel produced 'Rinaldo', his first opera in England. After a fire in 1789 the theatre was rebuilt. See Little Whig and Kitt Catt for the strange story of the original foundation stones. In 1816-18 Nash and George Repton made alterations to the building which included the addition of the Arcade on the west side. The current theatre, designed by C.J. Phipps in 1897 for Herbert Tree, is the fourth on the site.
In 1948, the Government of New Zealand leased the site comprising the bombed rubble of the Carlton Hotel, Her Majesty's Theatre and the Royal Opera Arcade. New Zealand House, built on the site of the Carlton Hotel, was opened in 1963.

2023: On the coronation of King Charles III this theatre changed its name from Her Majesty's Theatre to His  Majesty's Theatre.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
His Majesty's Theatre / Her Majesty's Theatre

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Her Majesty's Theatre - H Tree

This theatre was founded in 1897 by Herbert Tree, actor, and directed by him ...

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Her Majesty's Theatre - SWET

Theatreland - Heart of the performing arts in London Her Majesty's Theatre ...

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Royal Opera Arcade

The "plaque" is actually a very dull modern notice inside the arcade so for o...

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Thomas Doggett

This plaque raises some questions. Firstly, how could he have 'died a pauper'...

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Other Subjects

Regina Fong

Regina Fong

Cabaret artiste, the stage name of Reginald Sutherland Bundy. Best known for his drag (although he disliked the term) persona H.I.H. (Her Imperial Highness) Regina Fong. He first developed his act ...

Person, Theatre

1 memorial
Robert Edwin Villiers

Robert Edwin Villiers

Managed the London Pavilion theatre from 1886 to 1890. Robert Edwin Villiers was born on 18 April 1830 in Clerkenwell, Middlesex (now Greater London)) the son of Issac Villiers (c.1789-1863)) and ...

Person, Liveries & Guilds, Theatre

1 memorial
National Theatre Foundation

National Theatre Foundation

From the National Theatre website: "The Royal National Theatre Foundation may be able to assist employees, former employees or others who work or have worked at the National Theatre who are sufferi...

Group, Philanthropy, Theatre

1 memorial
Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier

Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier

Born Dorking, Surrey, as Laurence Kerr Olivier. With his wife Vivien Leigh, he managed the St James's Theatre from 1950 to its closure in 1957. Founding Director of the National Theatre, 1963 - 197...

Person, Cinema, Seriously Famous, Theatre

3 memorials
Highbury Barn

Highbury Barn

Long a rural pleasure resort for Londoners it became notorious in 1861, when Edward Giovanelli demolished the old buildings and built a lavish pleasure ground which attracted large crowds, includin...

Place, Commerce, Food & Drink, Theatre

1 memorial