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150th Anniversary

In 1865, as Queen Victoria reigned on the throne and the American Civil War came to an end, Lewis Carroll published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Rudyard Kipling was born and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. In Nottingham, the iconic Theatre Royal first opened its doors

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On Friday 25 September 2015, the Theatre Royal Nottingham celebrated its 150th birthday with a visit from HRH The Earl of Wessex and a weekend of Victorian-themed Open Days giving 'never seen before' backstage access.

If you missed our birthday Open Days, don't worry, there is still time to catch plenty more free anniversary events throughout 2015; Memory Afternoons, historical talks and displays and a chance to contribute your own stories to our extensive 'living archive' heritage project.

More information on these events can be found here;
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150th Anniversary FREE events
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The Theatre Royal was built in 1865, after six months of work and costing the clients, lace manufacturers John and William Lambert, £15,000. The Theatre Royal, one of the most luxuriously appointed provincial theatres of its day, opened on Monday 25 September 1865 with Sheridan's The School for Scandal. Over the intervening century and a half the Theatre Royal has stood as a significant landmark in Nottingham, continuing to entertain the city's inhabitants through the reign of six monarchs, two World Wars and a period of major restoration.

If you have any memories or mementoes from the Theatre Royal's 150 years which you would like to share with us, please contact us or post details on our Facebook page or talk to us on Twitter. We would love to hear from you!