Her Majesty's Theatre
57 Haymarket,London, SW1Y 4QL
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I’m surprised to see Her Majesty’s Theatre listed on CT as I didn’t know it had been used as a cinema, though temporarily. I saw Phantom in 1986 with the original cast – Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. The stage machinery, the lights and sound effects were innovative at that time. I remember being stunned by the chandelier rising from the stage in the opening scene. We had seats at the back of the stalls, maybe 2 or 3 rows from the back, but the sightlines were still good, as the circle was unobtrusive. It was constantly sold out but my dad got tickets bought on the street corner for the same day’s evening performance, at 50£ each. Expensive but we didn’t regret it.
Her Majesty’s has a wonderful stage to audience relationship. The upper levels have a good angle of view to the stage & are not set back at too great a distance. Saw a Ben Travers farce there & acoustics & sightlines surpassed the performance.
This is a wonderful theater- glad to see it listed in CT. I remember “West Side Story” here in mid-1959; and I saw a performance of the same here in the mid-1980s. The Theatre Royal Haymarket is just across the street, and up the street to the north, and on the same side, there was a prominent cinema.
More photos – all interior – can be seen here (taken March 2010)
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