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.

Original Stage Machinery

  • Thunder Run

Equipment

1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand Light Console. Dimmers – 152 (109 x 2kW, 28 x 2.4kW, 15 x 3kW); 7 presets; no groups. Circuits – FOH 32; Flies 84; Stage dips 27. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 1000A on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 200A on 1 phase. Follow spots – 2 sunspots in rear of Balcony. 

Links to information about equipment at Her Majestys Theatre over the years

  • JTM (Strand)
  • STM (Strand)
  • Light Console (Strand)
  • Documents


    Her Majestys Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
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    From Arthur Lloyd website

    Poster - Television Night (March 1939)
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    From Victoria & Albert Museum
    Dimmer banks at Her Majesties Theatre
    Dimmer banks 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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    [13] Circuit Relay Panel - Her Majestys Theatre
    [13] Circuit Relay Panel - Her Majestys Theatre (1954)
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    [13] John Gray at the Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre
    [13] John Gray at the Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre (1954)
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    [13] The Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre
    [13] The Light Console at Her Majesties Theatre (1954)
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    Unusual prepares Her Majestys Theatre for Phantom return (June 2021)
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    Mentions of Her Majestys Theatre in indexed journals

     

     

    Location


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    1933 – British Pathe

    Past Productions / History

    Information from official history website

    See also the Theatres Trust page about Her Majesty’s

    • The Phantom of the Opera (July 2021 – )
    • 2020 – Following the unplanned closure of venues due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus in March 2020, a large-scale refurbishment of the stage took place. 
    • 1994 – A major building refurbishment, including a new roof, is completed without missing a single performance of The Phantom of the Opera
    • The Phantom of the Opera (1986 – 2020)
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1985) transferred from Chichester Festival Theatre, featuring Donald Sinden
    • Bugsy Malone (May 26 1983 – Feb 11 1984) the first stage version
    • Amadeus (1981) transferred from the National Theatre, featuring Frank Finlay as Salieri, for a 15 month run
    • Secret Policeman’s Ball (27–30 June 1979) benefit in aid of Amnesty International – performances didn’t begin until late into the evening, after the 7.30pm performance had finished. 
    • The Matchmaker (Opens August 30 1978, closed October 14 1978) by Thornton Wilder
    • The Travelling Music Show (Previews from 16 March 1978, opened 28 March 1978) 112 performances starring Bruce Forsyth. Directed by Burt Shevelove. 
    • Cause Celebre (4 July 1977 – 4 March 1978) starring Glynis Johns
    • Godspell (10 May 1977 – 18 June 1977) 98 performances (Revival)
    • Fire Angel (24 March 1977 – 7 May 1977) 42 performances
    • Toad of Toad Hall (22 December 1976 – 15 January 1977) Matinee performances during the run of Ipi Tombi
    • A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick) (1-3 April 1976) in aid of Amnesty International – three nights of comedy directed by Jonathan Miller. The shows were filmed and released as ‘Pleasure at Her Majesty’s
    • Ipi Tombi (19 November 1975 – March 16 1977) 712 performances. Transferred to Cambridge Theatre. 
    • Thomas and the King (16 October 1975) 33 performances
    • Jeeves (22 April 1975) 38 performances ?
    • West Side Story (19 December 1974) 334 performances (first West End revival)
    • The Good Companions (1 July 1974) 275 performances
    • Pippin (30 October 1973 – ?) 85 performances
    • Applause (1972) starring Lauren Bacall
    • Company (18 January 1972 – 4 November 1972) 344 performances
    • Ambassador (19 October 1970) – 86 performances
    • 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
    • Funny Side Up (11 January 1940 – ) Produced, Written by and Starring Stanley Lupino. Also starring Florence Desmond, Sally Gray, Freddie Carpenter’s Dancers. Decor by Doris Zinkeisen. 
    • Magyar Melody (20 January 1939 – ) Full performance televised on March 27th 1939
    • 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.

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