“Theatre Royal Grey Street Prints | Newcastle Art Prints – Alan Reed”
Theatre Royal Prints
This Newcastle print is probably my favourite view of Grey Street and shows off the classic curve of what has been described as the finest curved street in Europe.
With the Theatre Royal acting as the Jewel in the crown, it would be difficult for one to disagree.
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Theatre Royal Newcastle
The Theatre Royal Newcastle was granted its Royal licence by King George III. And opened on Drury Lane off Mosley Street in 1788 and soon established itself as one of England’s leading theatres.
In February 1837, the Theatre moved to Grey Street, a flagship building in Grainger and Dobson’s famous city plan. It is generally regarded as the finest Theatre façade in the UK. It later combined with a fine 1901 auditorium by the great architect, Frank Matcham. Following the original interior had been destroyed by fire during a performance of Macbeth in 1899.
Many great names of the English stage have trodden its famous boards; from Keane to Irving, Olivier to Dench as well as Hollywood greats Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and Jack Lemmon. Sir Ian McKellen once described Newcastle Theatre Royal as his favourite theatre.