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The Grand, Her Majesty’s Theatre London

Her Majesty's Theatre
A remarkable West End theatre having presence spanning beyond two centuries; that is what best describes Her Majesty’s Theatre. In 1705, John Vanbrugh had designed the first theatre at the current site where stands today the venue. It was built as an alternative to the Theatre Drury Lane and Lincoln’s Inn. Theatre was evolving those days as one of the most popular forms of entertainment and the two venues started falling short to accommodate the growing crowd of theatregoers. Today the house is the second oldest theater venue in London.

The present building of Her Majesty’s Theatre London was designed by Charles J. Phipps for Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Tree used the profits he made from the nearby Haymarket Theatre to get the venue built. He founded his Royal Academy of Dramatic Art here in 1904 and went on to reside within the premises until his own death in 1917. He produced some spectacular production here during his years of associations. Shows of notable playwrights like George Bernard Shaw, J. M. Synge, Noël Coward and J. B. Priestley were also hosted here during the period. During the World War I Oscar Asche’s sensational Chu Chin Chow premiered here and went on to enjoy record breaking run. The show opened here in 1916 and created a record of 2,235 performances.

The house also hosted performances of Mozart’s acclaimed operas La clemenza di Tito, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni. One of the most interesting facts associated with the venue has been its name. It was initially called the Queen’s Theatre after Queen Anne. Following King George I’s accession, it was called the King Theater in 1714. It was called Her Majesty’s Theatre for the first time in 1837 when Queen Victoria became the Queen of Britain. For the period between 1901 and 1952 it was known as His Majesty’s Theater. When Queen Elizabeth II became the monarch, the house came to be known with its present name. It is 1,216 seated and Grade II listed West End Theater by the English Heritage. The theater boasts its marvellous exteriors and lavish interiors before the onlookers. Designed in French Renaissance Architecture, it still holds it bygone and pristine charms.

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s the Phantom of the Opera made the house its home in 1986. The dazzling show has been running here for sell-off performances night after night since then. A theatrical delight, the show brings before audiences the life that persisted beneath the opera houses of Paris in the eighteenth century. The story is the stage adaptation of the gothic novel by Gaston Lourex. It is the story of the Erik, the Phantom a physically impaired man with outstanding talent. He falls in love with the naive soprano singer of the opera, Christine Daae. The friends turn fiend the moment phantom reveals his true identity.

International Award winning classic, the musical features romantic numbers composed by Lloyd Weber. Some of the songs that are part of the piece are All I Ask Of You, Think Of Me and The Point Of No Return.


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