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This theatre designed by the German architect Rudolphe Cabanel, began life in 1818 as the Royal Coburg Theatre under the patronage of Princess Charlotte of Wales and her husband Prince Leopold of Coburg. In 1834 it was renamed the Royal Victoria Theatre under the patronage of Victoria, Duchess of Kent. It went through some financial difficulties in the 1870s and reopened as the Royal Victoria Palace. In 1880 it was taken over by Emma Cons, see there for more information.

In George Eliot's 1876 novel 'Daniel Deronda' a character, Mirah aged 19, comes to London looking for the Coburg Theatre where her father had worked when she was a child and the family living in nearby 'Colman Street', near to Blackfriars Bridge. She is told "... that's all done away with. The old streets have been pulled down; everything is new." We can't find anything to substantial this description, nor the existence of a Colman Street nearby.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Royal Coburg Theatre / Royal Victoria Theatre / Old Vic

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Emma Cons - Old Vic

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

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Emma Cons - W1

Cons was not herself wealthy so it seems odd to describe her as a philanthrop...

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Lilian Baylis - SW9

Lilian Baylis, 1874 - 1937, manager of the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells Theatre...

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Morley mosaics - WBR - Emma Cons

Emma Cons, born 1838. Emma was a politician, suffragette, educationalist,busi...

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Morley mosaics - WBR - Lilian Baylis

Lilian Baylis, born 1874. A niece of Emma Cons, Lilian flourished as a theatr...

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Walter Macqueen-Pope

Walter Macqueen-Pope

Theatre manager and historian. Born Walter James Macqueen-Pope in Farnham, Surrey. He was business manager at many London theatres including the Queens, the Duke of York's and the London Palladium....

Person, History, Theatre

1 memorial
Maria Theresa Kemble

Maria Theresa Kemble

Actress. Born Vienna. Wife to Charles Kemble, with daughter Fanny. Died near Chertsey.

Person, Theatre, Austria

1 memorial
Dame Marie Tempest

Dame Marie Tempest

Actress and singer. Born Mary Susan Etherington in London. She studied music in Paris and at the Royal Academy of Music, making her stage debut in 1885 in the operetta Boccaccio at the Comedy Theat...

Person, Cinema, Music / songs, Theatre, France

1 memorial
Donald Swann

Donald Swann

Composer, pianist and entertainer. Born Donald Ibrahim Swann at 27 Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli, Wales. His mother was a Muslim Azerbaijani. He is best remembered for his partnership with Michael Fl...

Person, Music / songs, Theatre, Wales

2 memorials
Nina Boucicault

Nina Boucicault

English actor. Born into a theatrical family, she began acting as a child. She was the first to play the title role in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, beginning in 1904. Died Hamilton Road, Ealing.

Person, Cinema, Theatre

1 memorial