Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney
Original Her Majesty's Theatre, c. 1887 - 1917.
|Address||Corner of Pitt and Market Street
107 Quay Street
|Opened||10 September 1887|
|Closed||10 June 1933|
|Demolished||1933, 1960's, 2000|
|Rebuilt||1902, 1927, 1975|
|Architect||Morell and Kemp|
The second was located in Quay Street. It had opened with the show "Sunny" in 1927 as the Empire Theatre. When J. C. Williamson wanted a long run for My Fair Lady, they renamed the theatre Her Majesty's. The theatre barely survived the 1960s and was destroyed by fire.
The original Her Majesty's had its origin in the partnership of James Allison and George Rignold, lessees of Adelaide's Theatre Royal and the Melbourne Opera House. They secured a long lease on a site in Pitt Street, Sydney, and formed a company for the purpose of founding a theatre. The foundation stone was laid by Sydney Mayor Thomas Playfair in December 1884. The opening play was Henry V, and lessee Rignold was the lead player. The Governor of New South Wales, Lord Carrington, attended the opening night, arriving with his wife in a carriage, with a military escort.
Rignold held the lease for eight years, his final production was ‘Cloncarty’ on 21 September 1895. For a short period, Alfred Woods leased the theatre, then J. C. Williamson and George Musgrove took over in 1896.
Financial pressures from a new amusement tax, competition from the new talking movies and the economic climate led to the closure of the theatre on 10 June 1933. The last performance was The Maid of the Mountains, starring Gladys Moncrieff. Bulldozers moved in the next day and demolished the theatre. A Woolworths retail store opened on the site 22 March 1934.