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The Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester

Formerly - The New Theatre / New Queen's Theatre - Original Proposed Name His Majesty's Theatre

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The Opera House, Manchester during the run of 'Anything Goes' in April 2015 - Photo M.L.

Above - The Opera House, Manchester during the run of 'Anything Goes' in April 2015 - Photo M.L.

 

 

The auditorium and procenium arch of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980 - Courtesy Ted Bottle.The Opera House on Quay Street, Manchester was built in 1912 by Farquharson, Richardson & Gill and originally opened as the New Theatre.

Right - The auditorium and procenium arch of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980 - Courtesy Ted Bottle.

The Theatre became the New Queen’s Theatre in 1915, and didn't actually become the Opera House until 1920.

The Theatre was Manchester's main Touring House until 1979 when it closed and was converted for Bingo use but this lasted for only five years and in 1984 it was bought by the Palace Theatre Trust, who had previously saved the Manchester Palace Theatre, and live Theatre was then reinstated at the Opera House.

 

The Opera House, Manchester in 1988 - Courtesy Alan Ashton

Above - The Opera House, Manchester in 1988 - Courtesy Alan Ashton who says: 'When I was working for Granada TV in Manchester, right across the road was, of course, the Opera House, and I took this shot after the frontage had all been painted and restored.'

Programme for 'Murder in Mayfair' by Ivor Novello, and staring Novello, Fay Compton, and Edna Best, at the Opera House, Manchester in August 1934.Programme for Prince Littler's 'Glamorous Nights' by Ivor Novello, a transfer from London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, at the Opera House, Manchester in February 1936.The Opera House has a very large auditorium with two cantilevered balconies, each with a capacity of around 500, but because of their size they have rather restricted sight-lines to the rear. The Theatre's current capacity is 1,920.

The Opera House, Manchester during the run of Can-Can on the 9th of April 1956 - Courtesy Gerry AtkinsRight - A Programme for Prince Littler's 'Glamorous Nights' by Ivor Novello, a transfer from London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, at the Opera House, Manchester in February 1936. And Above Far Right - A Programme for 'Murder in Mayfair' by Ivor Novello, and staring Novello, Fay Compton, and Edna Best, at the Opera House, Manchester in August 1934.

The auditorium of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980 Left - The Opera House, Manchester during the run of Can-Can on the 9th of April 1956 - Courtesy Gerry Atkins

Right - The auditorium of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980 - Courtesy Ted Bottle.

The Theatre was bought by the Ambassador Theatre Group in November 2009 and you may like to visit their own Website for the Theatre here.

If you have any more information or images for this Theatre that you are willing to share please Contact me.

 

Some Sketches and images of the Manchester Opera House From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The captions for the images show the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

A Sketch of the Auditorium of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912.

Above - A Sketch of the Auditorium of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used. Other information in the caption states:- Horace Farquharson and Richardson & Gill, Associated Architects. Modelling, Fibrous Plaster Work and Painting Decorations by John Tanner & Son, 45, Horseferry Road, London, S.W. and 3, 5, & 7, Gill Street, Liverpool.

A Plan of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

Above - A Plan of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

The Central Feature of the Main Facade of the Opera House, Manchester, still in place today - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

Above - The Central Feature of the Main Facade of the Opera House, Manchester, still in place today - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

A Plan of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

Above - A Plan of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

A Plan of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.

Above - A Plan of the Opera House, Manchester - From the Academy Architecture and Architectural review of 1912. The caption for the image shows the proposed name of His Majesty's Theatre although this was never used.