UK – London – Her Majesty’s Theatre

Dates: 1897 – present

Official website: http://www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk/our-theatres/her-majestys

The current Her Majesty’s Theatre was designed by C J Phipps and was opened in 1897. The previous theatre was demolished in 1892. In 1896, the actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree laid the foundation of the new theatre.
Prior to 1897, the site had been used for performance continuously since 1705. See the Official History page for more details.

The home of The Phantom of the Opera since 1986.

Archive equipment related to Her Majesty's Theatre over the years

  • Light Console (Strand Lighting)
  • Documents


    Her Majestys Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
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    From Arthur Lloyd website
    Photo: A view of the dimmer banks at Her Majesties Theatre - one of the blackout contactors can just be seen bottom left
    Photo: A view of the dimmer banks at Her Majesties Theatre - one of the blackout contactors can just be seen bottom left 
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    From John Gray Photo Collection
    John Gray at the Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre
    John Gray at the Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre (1954)
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    Photo: One of the two main dimmer banks - Her Majesties Theatre
    Photo: One of the two main dimmer banks - Her Majesties Theatre (1954)
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    From John Gray Photo Collection
    Photo: The Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre
    Photo: The Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre (1954)
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    From John Gray Photo Collection

    Mentions of Her Majesty's Theatre in indexed journals

    Location


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    Past Productions / History

    Information from official history website

    See also the Theatres Trust page about Her Majesty’s

    • The Phantom of the Opera (1986 – present)
    • 1994 – A major buiding refurbishment, including a new roof, is completed without missing a single performance of The Phantom of the Opera
    • Bugsy Malone (1985) the first stage version
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1985) transferred from Chichester Festival Theatre, featuring Donald Sinden
    • Amadeus (1981) transferred from the National Theatre, featuring Frank Finlay as Salieri, for a 15 month run
    • Applause (1972) starring Lauren Bacall
    • Fiddler on the Roof (1967) featuring Topol as Tevye and Miriam Karlin as Golde
    • Lock Up Your Daughters (1962)
    • Bye Bye Birdie (1961)
    • West Side Story (1958) the original London production, featuring George Chakiris as Riff
    • The Teahouse of the August Moon (1954) featuring Eli Wallach
    • Paint Your Wagon (1953) 
    • Brigadoon (1949) featuring Noele Gordon
    • Edward My Son (1947) Robert Morley & Peggy Ashcroft
    • The Boy David (1936) J M Barrie’s final play
    • The Happy Hippocrite (1936) featuring Ivor Novello and Vivien Leigh
    • Falstaff (1935) featuring the comedian George Robey
    • Conversation Piece (1934) by Noel Coward
    • The Merry Wives of Windsor (1933) featuring Lady Tree, aged 70 years, returning to her husband’s theatre
    • The Good Companions (1931) featuring John Gielgud as Inigo Jollifant
    • Bitter Sweet (1929)
    • Hassan (1923) Henry Ainley & Isabel Jeans in Basil Dean’s production
    • Chu Chin Chow (1916) produced by and starring Oscar Asche – run of 2238 performances
    • Pygmalion (1914) George Bernard Shaw’s original production, featuring Mrs Patrick Campbell
    • 1904 – Herbert Beerbohm Tree instigated a drama school in his flat under the copper dome of the roof (known as the Dome Room) which eventually became the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
    • The Last of the Dandies (1901) featuring Beau Brummell. Sarah Bernhardt also featured in a season of French dramas.
    • Twelfth Night (1901) featuring Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Malvolio
    • Seats of the Mighty (1897)
    • 1897 – Theatre opens, managed by actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree.