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1865 – The Opening Night

Having taken just six months to build, the Theatre Royal opened its doors on 25 September 1865 with a production of Sheridan’s The School for Scandal.  With a brass band playing outside and an enthusiastic audience of over two thousand longing to see their sumptuous new theatre, this was a memorable opening night. Listen on to hear the first words spoken on the Theatre Royal stage by actress Madge Robertson and the exuberant speech by the theatre’s actor/manager Walter Montgomery.

Theatre Royal, before 1898 © Bernard Beilby and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Theatre Royal, before 1898 © Bernard Beilby and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Illustration of the Theatre as it was soon after opening in 1865 by N. Shawn, 1901 © Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Illustration of the Theatre as it was soon after opening in 1865 by N. Shawn, 1901 © Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Madge Robertson by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, albumen carte-de-visite, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Madge Robertson by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, albumen carte-de-visite, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Extract from opening night playbill, 25 September 1865  © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Extract from opening night playbill, 25 September 1865 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Image from 150th anniversary production of 'The School for Scandal', September 2015 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Image from 150th anniversary production of ‘The School for Scandal’, September 2015 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Posted On: October 22, 2015 By: Hidden Tales   Preview   Direct link   Back to #Hidden Tales of the Theatre Royal: Animating the Archive 

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