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Architects: Frank Alfred Tugwell
Functions: Live Theatre
Styles: Art Nouveau
Previous Names: New Theatre Royal
Located in the historic city centre. The first Theatre Royal was built and opened in 1765. It was rebuilt in 1822. The current facade was built in 1880, designed by architect George Styan. On 21st December 1896, the Theatre Royal presented ‘The Cinematograph’ between acts in the performance of “Shadows of a Great City”. Film shows continued to be presented for several years.
In 1902, a new auditorium was designed in an Art Nouveau style by architect Frank A. Tugwell, and it re-opened as the New Theatre Royal with a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. The Theatre Royal is a major touring and producing house, and is a Grade II* Listed building. It is operated by the City of York.
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