Theatre Royal, Birmingham

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The Theatre Royal in 1780

The Theatre Royal, originally the New Theatre, was a 2000-seat theatre located on New Street in Birmingham, England. It was erected in 1774 and demolished in 1956.[1]

The theatre was damaged by fire in 1792 and again in 1820, after which it was rebuilt.[1] In 1897, W. S. Gilbert's The Fortune Hunter premiered at the theatre.[2] The theatre was rebuilt again in 1902, designed by Ernest Runtz, reopening in 1904 with 2200 seats.[1] This building lasted until 1956 when it was closed and demolished.[citation needed] The Woolworth Building was then constructed on the site, seen today as the location of a branch of Boots and Bella Italia.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Price 1988, p. 2
  2. ^ Ainger, p. 369

Bibliography and further reading[edit]

  • Ainger, Michael (2002). Gilbert and Sullivan–A Dual Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-514769-3. 
  • Price, Victor J. (1988), Birmingham Theatres, Concert and Music Halls, Studley: Brewin Books, ISBN 0-947731-35-0 
  • Rhodes, Raymond Crompton (1924), The Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 1774-1924: a short history, Birmingham: Moody Brothers, OCLC 10940797 

Coordinates: 52°28′45″N 1°54′01″W / 52.47915°N 1.9003°W / 52.47915; -1.9003