Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ghosts at the Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal archive weblog has been digging into the theatre's ghostly past.

"The Theatre Royal, Addington Street, Margate, Kent, is perhaps southern England's most haunted theatre. Opened originally in 1787, heir to over 200 years of tradition and holding slightly under two thousand patrons, this theatre. has been associated with many famous actors. Its most famous manager was Miss Sarah J Thorne, who guided its fortunes until 1894. Something of a martinet, Sarah Thorne made her theatre celebrated in the south of England, but from around 1894, the playhouse began to decline. Over the years it suffered a number of vicissitudes and was turned into a furniture store. It was reopened as a theatre in 1930 and subsequently it has been in turn a cinema, a theatre, and a bingo hall"

It's a good story and you can read on here!

1 comment:

Tony Beachcomber said...

I thought I make a comment as I didn't want the theatre royal to feel unloved and unwanted.
I did see Jack and the Beanstalk with my offspring at the theatre royal once.
I wish I kept the programme bacause at the last few Westgate Auctions Local Theatre programmes have been fetching good money. Old Lido ones especialy, if you have any pop them in at the next auction.

Ed, this is not a plug for the westgate auctions just a little tip for anyone looking for a bit of pre christmas bunce.