Theatre Royal, Brighton

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Theatre Royal, Brighton
Theatre Royal Brighton.jpg
Panoramic view of the theatre from stage.
Address New Road
Owner Ambassador Theatre Group
Designation Grade II listed
Type Proscenium
Capacity 952 (4 levels)
Opened 1807
Rebuilt 1854
Years active 205

The Theatre Royal, Brighton is a theatre in Brighton, England presenting a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, along with performances of opera and ballet. In recent years, catering to a wider demographic, The Theatre Royal Brighton has chosen to offer an alternative to the traditional Christmas pantomime which it historically played, replacing the shows with big hits such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2013), The Rocky Horror Show (2012), and Spamalot (2011).


In 1806 the Prince of Wales gave Royal Assent for the theatre to be built and it opened on 27 June 1807, with a performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. It struggled until the theatre was purchased in 1854 by actor Henry John Nye Chart, who engaged theatre architect Charles J. Phipps to begin a programme of expansion and redevelopment.

The theatre improved its reputation and finances, becoming a respected venue. When Henry John Nye Chart died in 1876 his wife took over and continued the success as one of the first female theatre managers.


Since 1999 the theatre has been owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. In 2007 the theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II.

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Coordinates: 50°49′24″N 0°08′22″W / 50.82333°N 0.13944°W / 50.82333; -0.13944