Contact Ann Meddings on 01225 823476. She has been seen watching productions in the popularly-named Grey Lady Box, and she leaves the distinctive scent of Jasmine. Hippesley was not to live to see his idea come to fruition, but the project was completed under the management of John Palmer, a local brewer and chandler. 1979 – The Theatre was purchased by Jeremy Fry to be run as a non-profitmaking concern – a registered charity. Here, members of the public get a rare insight into the history of the Masonic Lodge and Freemasons in general. She has been seen watching productions in the Grey Lady Box, and she leaves the distinctive scent of jasmine.
The present main entrance to the Theatre Royal, in Sawclose, was built in 1720 by Thomas Greenway (who was one of Bath's leading Architects before John Wood came into prominence), and was Beau Nash's first house.
In addition to Shakespeare and other serious drama, the productions included opera and comedy with Joseph Grimaldi playing the clown in a pantomime of Mother Goose in November 1815. An incongruous bronze wall plaque is the only clue to the secrets that lie beyond.  Many plays start at the Theatre Royal before their official opening in London.
 The present main entrance to the Theatre Royal, in Sawclose, was built in 1720 by Thomas Greenway, and was previously at Beau Nash's house. 2006 2nd December – The curtain came down on the Ustinov Studio’s own production of Outlying Islands, and the Studio closed for a year-long refurbishment. Theatre performances in Bath during the Season (November to June) started at 6pm sharp, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 1989 – Peter Ustinov presented a fundraising evening for what was to become the Ustinov Studio. 2016 – TRB Productions has three shows, originally produced at the Ustinov Studio – The Father, Bad Jews and The Mother – running concurrently in the West End. In 2005 another new theatre was opened behind the Theatre Royal, The Egg, which provides professional theatre productions for children and their families, alongside workshops and youth theatre productions. It became home to the Benedictine Mission to Bath and was their principal place of worship.
2012 5th July – The Theatre Royal mounts its first Summer Season – three outstanding new in-house productions overseen by leading guest directors. Old Theatre Royal 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath, BA1 1JU, © Copyright 2009new Date().getFullYear()>2016&&document.write("-"+new Date().getFullYear()); Bath Masonic Hall Trust Co Ltd | Please read our Site Policies & Conditions of Use | Website Design by CepenPark Publishing Ltd. Perhaps among the best known are the Man in the Black Hat seen around the Assembly Rooms and the jasmine-scented Grey Lady of the Theatre Royal.  Pevsner criticizes the mouldings of window-frames, frieze and volutes of the door-hood brackets as "characteristically overdone", and mentions Wood citing its "profuse ornament" which was typical of a mason rather than an architect. These were the best seats in the house, but the actors did have to put up with theatregoers talking across them or walking on stage mid-performance. Quote from John Coxe Hippisley, 1747, from a proposal for the building of a new theatre in Bath.
She has been seen and scented in recent years. The total projected cost was £3.5 million, of which £1.8 million was seen as being essential to reopening the theatre. The theatre itself is said to be haunted by The Grey Lady, who was an actress centuries ago. There was no low-level lighting; both the stage and audience were brightly lit by hundreds of tallow fat candles. Walking into the auditorium at Orchard Street today it is hard to imagine the crowds, smells and noise 265 years ago. This was the first Theatre Royal outside of London. , In March 1979, the dilapidated theatre was purchased by a trust headed by Jeremy Fry for £155,000. The main fabric of the building was by John Palmer, who supervised the construction. It was designed by George Dance, professor of architecture at the Royal Academy. An evening at the Orchard Street Theatre would have also been much more intimate in feel than today. 1961/62 Goldilocks and the Three Bears * 4 STAR COTTAGES
Each subscriber paid an agreed sum into the fund, and thereafter received an annuity.
 The Orchard Street site became a church and is now a Freemason's Hall.
 It has a capacity for an audience of around 900.  The plays chosen for 18th century theatre would have certainly differed from what we watch today.
It is one of the more important theatres in the United Kingdom outside of London, with capacity for an audience of around 900. Just one year from its conception, the new building on Sawclose was completed.
Originally a space for the youth theatre and small scale touring productions, the Ustinov programme soon expanded to encompass classical concerts, stand-up comedy (including high-profile acts such as Bill Bailey, Stewart Lee and Lucy Porter) and in-house productions.
Early performances included appearances by the child actors Master Betty and Clara Fisher, with adult leads from prominent actors on the London stage including Dorothea Jordan, William Macready and Edmund Kean. CONFERENCES
Please note, the Theatre Royal Bath, Ustinov Studio and Egg Theatres are temporarily closed, due to the government's restrictions around the Coronavirus outbreak.
, Initially the reopened theatre struggled to become profitable despite appearances by Henry Irving among others.
The history of Bath’s original Theatre Royal, Subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter and receive up-to-date news, features and regular. The 900-seat auditorium has tiers of ornate plasterwork, with red and gilt decoration, and a trompe-l'œil ceiling and glittering chandelier. Kenneth Cranham wins the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the Ustinov’s The Father.
It is centered around a flamboyant tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind an English country house and who butts heads with a fact-conscious official at the house.
The theatre, along with the neighbouring Garrick's Head public house, is a Grade II* listed building and is considered a prime example of Georgian architecture.
To enable his acting troop and their luggage to travel swiftly between the theatres Palmer created two extra-long coaches, known as caterpillars, for their use. These coincided with a Puritan revival and a fall in Bath's popularity; reductions in receipts were compounded by rising payments for actors from London. Please call Lucy Girvan on 01225 823499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your visit.
The theatre itself was erected in 1805, replacing a former theatre of the same name, which is now a Freemason's Hall.
The vaults beneath the Old Theatre Royal now house one of the finest Masonic Museums in the country.
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