Theatreland Memorabilia

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It was the first theatre in London to be light by gas

Queen Elizabeth saw her first panto at the Lyceum in 1934

In 1939 the theatre could hold 2,891 people

Lyceum Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Original building opened on 11th May 1772 as the headquarters for the Society of Artists in Great Britain.
Became the home of the Drury Lane Company when their theatre burnt down in 1809, they left in 1812 by which point the Lyceum had its own theatre licence.
The theatre was rebuilt in 1815, burnt down in 1830 and re-opened on 4th July 1834. Became the home of the Covent Garden Opera company for a period when their theatre burnt down in 1856.
Was rebuilt again at the end of the 19th century, opening in December 1904 as a music hall (reverting back to a theatre in March 1907).
The theatre closed mid 1939 and was due to be demolished but it survived the war and became a Mecca Ballroom for 40 years before finally being revived as a theatre in 1995.

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
1824 (first performances in England)Der Freischutz
By Weber
1828 (first performances in England)Cosi Fan Tutte
By Mozart
~1820sHamlet
Cast included: Mrs. Glover (Hamlet)
~1820sFrankenstein
Cast included: T. P. Cooke (Monster)
~1820sThe Vampyre: or, the Bride of the Aisles
By Planche
~1820sA Season by Edmund Kean
~1820sMathews At Home
First one man show in London
Charles Mathews
1830-1834Burnt down and re-built
1844The Forty Thieves
Cast included: Miss Fairbrother
~1840sThe Isle Of Jewels
By Planche
~1871 (150 performances)The Bells
Cast included: Henry Irving (Mathias)
~1872 (180 nights)Charles I
Cast included: Henry Irving (Charles I)
1874Hamlet
Cast included: Henry Irving
~1880s (first performances in England)The Flying Dutchman
Carl Rosa Opera Company
1889Otello
Composer and Direction: Verdi
1900 - 19th July 1902 - ?The Merchant Of Venice
Cast included: Henry Irving (Shylock), Ellen Terry
~1907Love Against The World
Author: Walter Howard
~1907The Midnight Wedding
Author: Walter Howard
~1910sA Girl's Cross Roads
~1910sThe Bad Girl Of The Family
~1910sThe Girl Who Took The Wrong Turning
~1910sThe Worst Woman In London
1914Jack And The Beanstalk
Cast included: Ninette de Valois
1926St Joan
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike (Joan)
1926Diaghilev Ballet - The Firebird, The Triumph of Neptune
Cast included: Alicia Markova, Lydia Sokolova
~Late 1920sCarl Rosa Opera Company
1931Chaliapin
Beecham's Russian Season
1932The Miracle
Author and Director: Max Reinhardt
Cast included: Diana Manners, Leonide Massine, Glen Byam Shaw, Tilly Losch
1937Paganini
By Lehar. Director: Tyrone Guthrie
Cast included: Richard Tauber, Evelyn Laye
1938-1939The Queen Of Hearts
Panto
28th June 1939 - ? (6 performances)Hamlet
Director: John Gielgud, Glyn Byam Shaw (Horatio), Harry Andrews (Laertes), Jack Hawkins (Ghost/Claudius), Andrew Cruickshank (Rosencrantz), Marius Goring (1st Player/Osric), Fay Compton (Ophelia), John Gielgud(?)(Hamlet)
1939Dracula
1939-1945Closed
1945-1985Mecca Ballroom, used for balls, television concerts etc
Christmas 1963Pinocchio
Presented by Philip Algar
London Children's Theatre
15th May 1985 - August 1985 - ? (12 weeks)
(Transfer from NT (Cottesloe)
The Mysteries (3 productions: The Nativity (Tues 8pm, Thur 5pm, Sat 11am), The Passion (Wed 3pm, Thur 8.30pm, Sat 3.30pm), Doomsday (Wed 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm))
Production: Bill Bryden. Text Adaptation: Tony Harrison
NT's Cottesloe Company
31st October 1996Re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales
19th November 1996 - 1997 (16 months)Jesus Christ Superstar
Lyrics: Tim Rice. Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Director: Gale Edwards
21st January 1999 - ?Oklahoma!
July 1999 - ? (previews)
19th October 1999 - now
Disney's The Lion King

History of theatre taken from Susan Maslem's article in the Oklahoma! 1999 programme.