Her Majesty's Theatre (London, England)

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Opened on April 9, 1705 in the Haymarket as the Queen's Theatre in honor of Queen Anne, the theater went through various name changes (King's Theatre) with the changing of monarchs. Rather large for drama, it became the first English opera house. In the 1830-1850 period, it was famous as the Italian Opera House for its productions of opera with international stars and for its association with romantic ballet. With the accession of Queen Victoria, it was called Her Majesty's Theatre. Jenny Lind made her English debut here on May 4, 1847. The theater was closed in 1890 and demolished in 1891, though a new theater was built on the site.

From the guide to the Her Majesty's Theatre programs, March 13-August 5, 1847, 1847, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Enrico Piatti was the brother of the famous cellist Alfredo Piatti; in 1846 Balfe took over as conductor of the Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, remaining until the theatre closed in 1852. Cf. New Grove opera; Dizionario universale dei musicisti.

From the description of Contract : with Enrico Piatti, cellist, signed by Michael William Balfe for Benjamin Lumley, 1848 Feb. 15, "to the close of season." (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612872029

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creatorOf Her Majesty's Theatre (London, England). Playbills for dramatic performances presented at Her Majesty's Theatre. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Her Majesty's Theatre (London, England). Contract : between Luisa Taglioni, dancer, and Benjamin Lumley, manager of the Italian opera at Her Majesty's Theatre : manuscript, 1845 Dec. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Tree, Herbert Beerbohm, Sir, 1853-1917,. Typed letter signed from Herbert Beerbohm Tree, London, to Mr. Wyke Bayliss [manuscript], 1897 February 17. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn New York Shakespeare Festival Records. Series V: General Manager's Files, 1960-1991 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Harvey, Herbert Hugh,. Herbert Hugh Harvey collection on Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Lady Maud Tree, 1901-1921. Houghton Library
creatorOf Auber, D. F. E. (Daniel François Esprit), 1782-1871. La gitana : Mazourke : danseé par Mlle Taglioni a Londres et a St. Petersbourg : manuscript, [ca. 1839] HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Her Majesty's Theatre (London, England). Playbill, 1845. University of Florida
referencedIn Contract : London, 1844 Feb. 14 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Her Majesty's Theatre programs, March 13-August 5, 1847, 1847 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Carrick, Edward, 1905-. Edward Craig Theatre Collection : ephemeral documents, 1613-ca. 1984 (bulk 1800-1900) Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Her Majesty's Theatre (London, England). Letters from Her Majesty's Theatre to various recipients [manuscript], 1846. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Koning, Victor, 1842-1894,. Autograph letter signed from Victor Koning, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1886 June 18. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Her Majesty's Theatre (London, England). Contract : with Enrico Piatti, cellist, signed by Michael William Balfe for Benjamin Lumley, 1848 Feb. 15, "to the close of season." Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Laporte, Pierre François, d. 1841. Soldiers' bill : manuscript, 21 April 1838. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Her Majesty's Theatre (London, England). Printed document, dated : [S.l., 184? [184?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Costa, Michael, Sir, 1808-1884. Contract with Her Majesty's Theatre, and letter from B. Lumley, 1843 and 1856. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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correspondedWith Andrews, Mrs., fl. 1846 person
associatedWith Auber, D. F. E. (Daniel François Esprit), 1782-1871. person
associatedWith Balfe, M. W. 1808-1870, person
associatedWith Carrick, Edward, 1905- person
correspondedWith Coakley, Mr., fl. 1846 person
correspondedWith Coakley, Mrs., fl. 1846 person
associatedWith Costa, Michael, Sir, 1808-1884. person
associatedWith Harvey, Herbert Hugh, person
associatedWith John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward Collection (Harvard Theatre Collection) corporateBody
associatedWith Koning, Victor, 1842-1894, person
associatedWith Lind, Jenny, 1820-1887 person
associatedWith Lumley, Benjamin, 1812-1875. person
associatedWith New York Shakespeare Festival corporateBody
correspondedWith Nugent, C., fl. 1846 person
associatedWith Papp, Joseph person
associatedWith Piatti, Enrico, d. 1883, person
associatedWith Renouard, Paul, person
associatedWith Taglioni, Luisa, 1823-1893, person
associatedWith Taglioni, Salvatore, 1789-1868, person
associatedWith Tree, Herbert Beerbohm, Sir, 1853-1917, person
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England--London
England--London
England--London
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Theater--History
Opera companies--19th century
Ballet--England
Opera--England
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