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Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

Address:
Her Majesty's Theatre
57 Haymarket
London
SW1Y 4QL

Directions:
(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

This multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, after more than 10,000 performances.

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Her Majesty's Theatre Information

Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London SW1

Starting with the first theatre in 1705 there have been a total of four theatres on the site of Her Majesty's Theatre in Haymarket.

In 1705 the first theatre, named The Queen's (after Queen Anne), opened as an opera house with an Italian opera called The Loves of Ergasto. In 1711 Handel was Composer at The Queen's and conducted his first opera, Rinaldo. The venue was thus established as presenting Italian opera for the first time in the UK. In 1714 when King George I came to the throne the theatre was renamed The King's Theatre.

In 1791 a new King's Theatre opened, after the first building had been destroyed in a fire in 1789. In 1837 – with the accession of Queen Victoria, the theatre's name was again chaned – this time to Her Majesty's Theatre, Italian Opera House.

In 1867 the theatre was again destroyed by fire and a new building, this time designed by Charles Lee was built. However, the theatre stood empty until 1875 when it was occupied by the Evangelist Meetings of Moody & Sankey. There were then a variety of performances until at Christmas in 1890 a pantomime closed the theatre and two years later in 1892 Her Majesty's Theatre was demolished.

In 1896 the actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree laid the foundation stone of his new theatre which was completed in 1897 and reopened with a production of Gilbert Parker's Seats of the Mighty. During his 18 years of management Tree established the building as a playhouse with more than 46 of his own productions, including Shakespeare, adaptations of novels and melodramas.

With the accession of King Edward VII in 1901 the theatre was again renamed, this time as His Majesty's. Tree appeared as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Beau Brummell in The Last of the Dandies, and Sarah Bernhardt returned to London in a season of French dramas.

In 1904 Tree instigated a drama school in the Dome Room at the top of the theatre, which eventually became the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The Phantom of the Opera opened in 1986 – the original cast being led by Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Subsequently the cast has included Claire Moore, Dave Willetts, Michael Ball, John Barrowman, Peter Straker and Mike Sterling. Phantom is still playing to capacity and it is currently the longest running and most successful production in the theatre's long and colourful history.

The latest refurbishment of the building took place between 1992-1994 when new toilets and a new roof were installed – and all without the loss of even one performance of Phantom!

Transport

Nearest underground station is Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines).

Parking

Nearest MasterPark car park is in Whitcomb Street.

The £8 daily congestion charge for central London applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Access

All The Really Useful Group Theatres have a dedicated host to assist disabled patrons. Please call 0844 412 4648 for booking information and advice.

Her Majesty's Theatre has had a long list of “firsts”:-

1711 – Handel's first opera was Rinaldo
1732 – Handel's Esther was the first oratorio to be heard in England
1806 – Mozart's La Clemenza De Tito was the first of Mozart's operas to be performed in London
1811 - Cos Fan Tutti and The Magic Flute were first heard at Her Majesty's
1817 - The theatre hosted the first performance of Don Giovanni
1818 - Premier of The Barber of Seville
1851 - Beethoven's Fidelio was performed for the first time in this country
1863 - The London premiere of Gounod's Faust was sung in Italian
1878 - Bizet's Carmen was first heard in this country
1882 - The first complete performance of Wagner's Ring Cycle was given
1983 - The first stage version of Bugsy Malone was produced.