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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.