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The Alexandra Theatre, George Street, Hull

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An early photograph of the Alexandra Theatre, Hull - Courtesy David Fewster

Above - An early photograph of the Alexandra Theatre, Hull - Courtesy David Fewster

 

A 1930s Poster for the Alexandra Theatre, Hull - Courtesy Stephen Wischhusen.The Alexandra Theatre in George Street, Hull was designed by Thomas Guest who also designed the Carlton Theatre, Birmingham. The Theatre opened on Boxing day 1902 with Frederick Moyes and Edith Cole in a production of 'A Royal Divorce'. This was preceded by the National Anthem played by the Theatre's own orchestra under the direction of Alfred Rhodes. Two performances were put on for the opening day, one in the afternoon and another in the evening, in which the owner of the Theatre, William Morton, made a speech thanking the crowded house for coming to the opening of the new Alexandra Theatre. The acting manager for the Theatre was Morton's son, George.

Right - A 1930s variety poster for the Alexandra Theatre, Hull with Scott & Whaley, Wally Wood, The Two Cubans, Judy Jaxon, Dumarte & Denzar, The Four Rios, Pawson and Butler, and Nicol & Martin on the Bill - Courtesy Stephen Wischhusen.

The exterior of the Alexandra was constructed in the Renaissance style with bright red bricks and terra cotta dressings, and the main entrance to the Theatre was on George Street, although there were also entrances to the Gallery and Pit from Bourne Street, and exits to Mason Street. The exterior also had a tower on its George Street and Bourne Street corner which was fitted with a powerful search light and must have been visible for miles around.

The Theatre's auditorium, which was lit by electricity from the start, was constructed on four levels, stalls and pit, dress circle, family gallery, and gallery, and could accommodate 2,200 people seated and a furthur 500 standing. The auditorium also had a large glass and iron sliding roof which could be opened for ventilation. The Theatre was equipped with a large stage with a proscenium opening of 36 foot wide and enough dressing rooms to provide accommodation for large touring productions.

The Alexandra Theatre was a casualty of the Second World War when it was destroyed by enemy action in 1941.

A visitor to this site, Pat Clark' says:- ''My great grandad came to Hull to work at the Alexandra theatre, I think between 1906 and 1908. He was a stage carpenter. His youngest daughter, who is now deceased, told me that he came to stage manage. His name was Augustus George Thomas Haecker." - Pat Clark.

And another visitor to the site, Jonathan Bohman, says:- 'My great uncle, Harry Thornton, played at the Alexandria Theatre, Hull - sorry, don't have a date. He played piano and his wife Emmie (Wagner) sang. I'm not sure how they were billed and I don't think they were ever a 'big act', however Harry is famous for his grave in Highgate cemetery which is shaped like a grand piano. He died in 1918 - Spanish flu.' - Jonathan Bohman.

 

A photograph of Hull's Alexandra Theatre Orchestra, directed by Chas Jocelyne - Courtesy Mike Jocelyn

Above - A photograph of Hull's Alexandra Theatre Orchestra, directed by Chas Jocelyne - Courtesy Mike Jocelyn who says:- 'I know my parents lived in Hull and then moved to Oxford before I was born in 1937. We think the photograph must have been taken between 1932 and 1937. My Dad was Leader of the New Theatre, Oxford during my early years.'

John William Munby as Justice Shallow John William Munby as the Prince of Verona

Above - Two photographs of John William Munby of Hull (1876-1960) in costume for Justice Shallow and the Prince of Verona at the Alexandra Theatre, Hull circa 1904 - Courtesy Drew Adamson, whose Great Grandmother's brother was John Munby.

 

Postcard advertising 'The Angel of His Dreams' at the Alexandra Theatre, Hull 1909.

Postcard advertising 'The Angel of His Dreams' at the Alexandra Theatre, Hull 1909.

Above - A Postcard advertising 'The Angel of His Dreams' at the Alexandra Theatre, Hull 1909.

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