The History of the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, 1771-1903
Author: Richard L Lorenzen
“This book is a valuable addition to our knowledge of one of London's small, but important playhouses – a theatre which had good and bad times but which also saw important nineteenth century changes within its walls.”
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“The text is meticulously researched and the playbills, engravings, photographs, and caricatures provide an enthralling read about the theatrical activity, audiences, popular taste, and the managers of this now defunct theatre.” Chrisy Dennis, Year's Work in English Studies
In 1771 a new concert hall was built on a plot of land just off London's Tottenham Court Road. Amateur theatricals staged there by the aristocratic Pic-Nic Society soon aroused the hostility of the Patent Theatre managers, keen to protect their monopoly.
The hall was refitted as a theatre in 1810 and for more than seventy years the little theatre in Tottenham Street was a busy place of entertainment for the neighbourhood and beyond. It underwent several name changes but is best known today as the Prince of Wales's.
ISBN: 978-1-909291-22-5 Format: Paperback, 256pp Published: Dec 2014
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