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1760 – Nottingham’s First Theatre Royal

It may be surprising to some to discover that there has been a Theatre Royal in Nottingham since 1760, over a hundred years before the grand new building in Theatre Square opened its doors.  The former Theatre Royal was located on St Mary’s Gate, in the heart of the lace market.  Listen on to discover more about this theatre – its controversial manager and its sad and slow demise.

Old Theatre Royal, artist's impression of the probable appearance of the Theatre in its early days © Victorian Nottingham – A Story in Pictures, Volume 7: 1837-1901, Richard Iliffe & Wilfred Baguley.

Old Theatre Royal, artist’s impression of the probable appearance of the Theatre in its early days © Victorian Nottingham – A Story in Pictures, Volume 7: 1837-1901, Richard Iliffe & Wilfred Baguley.

The Royal Alhambra Music Hall, artist's impression of the building as a music hall © Victorian Nottingham – A Story in Pictures, Volume 7: 1837-1901, Richard Iliffe & Wilfred Baguley.

The Royal Alhambra Music Hall, artist’s impression of the building as a music hall © Victorian Nottingham – A Story in Pictures, Volume 7: 1837-1901, Richard Iliffe & Wilfred Baguley.

Remains of the first Theatre Royal in 1958 © George L Roberts and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Remains of the first Theatre Royal in 1958 © George L Roberts and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Site of the first Theatre Royal in 2015 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Site of the first Theatre Royal in 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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