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The Theatre Royal Haymarket (also known as Haymarket Theatre or the Little Theatre) is a West End theatre on Haymarket in the City of Westminster which dates back to 1720, making it the third-oldest London playhouse still in use. Samuel Foote acquired the lease in 1747, and in 1766 he gained a royal patent to play legitimate drama (meaning spoken drama, as opposed to opera, concerts or plays with music) in the summer months. The original building was a little further north in the same street. It has been at its current location since 1821, when it was redesigned by John Nash. It is a Grade I listed building, with a seating capacity of 888. The freehold of the theatre is owned by the Crown Estate.
The Haymarket has been the site of a significant innovation in theatre. In 1873, it was the venue for the first scheduled matinée performance, establishing a custom soon followed in theatres everywhere. Its managers have included Benjamin Nottingham Webster, John Baldwin Buckstone, Squire Bancroft, Cyril Maude, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, and John Sleeper Clarke, brother-in-law of John Wilkes Booth, who quit America after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Famous actors who débuted at the theatre included Robert William Elliston (1774–1831) and John Liston (1776–1846).
Tours To Haymarket Theatre Royal
Only Fools and Horses The Musical in London BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $118
Duration: 3 hours
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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Haymarket Theatre Royal Reviews
We had a great time watching Only Fools and Horses the seats were comfortable and had reasonable leg room (in the stalls) We were lucky enough to see Paul Whitehouse befor he leaves the show... more »
Only fools was brilliant. Everything we hoped and more. The theatre would prevent me going back. We were in the gallery as all the tickets left. Ridiculous amount of stairs to get anywhere and the..... more »
A nicely sized theatre just off Leicester Square. Venue was easy to get into and seats had lots of leg room in the stalls. Toilets were clean and plentiful. The show wasn’t really for me but would attend in the future if any other shows take my fancy!
This is a phenomenal theatre in the middle of Piccadilly Circus London. Great architecture inside , we loved it. Saw Only Fools and Horses Musical. It was wonderful. Cast were amazingly reminiscent of the TV cast. The theatre is small to moderately sized so popular shows will sell out more quickly. We booked Box A and although it advertises “ limited view” it was great. Massive private box and my view only limited a trivial amount.
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