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IoE Number: 210129
Photographer: Mr Stephen Hodgson
Date Photographed: 24 August 2001
Date listed: 14 January 1970
Date of last amendment: 14 January 1970
Grade II*

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TQ 2980 SECITY OF WESTMINSTERHAYMARKET, SWl82/1714.1.70Her Majesty's TheatreG.V.II*

TQ 2980 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER HAYMARKET, SWl 82/17 14.1.70 Her Majesty's Theatre G.V. II* Theatre. 1896-97 rebuild by C.J. Phipps for the great actor-manager Sir H Beerbohm Tree whose consulting architect Romaine Walker devised the interior decoration. Stone faced with leaded and slate roofs. The remaining pavilion portion of a large symmetrical design (incorporating the now demolished Carlton Hotel) in a French Renaissance inspired style with big pavilion roof and dome combined with more Italianate detailing at attic level. 4 storeys, attic storey and half dormers. 9 windows wide with a 3 window return to Charles II Street continued in a long recessed 5 storey side elevation. Ground floor range of foyer, saloon and balcony doorways, between piers to 5 bay centrepiece, the outer doorways architraved with framed bay lights over, all under elegant glass and iron canopy. The 1st and 2nd floors, with giant pilaster order, the 5 centre piece advanced with a giant Corinthian colonnade forming a loggia in front of the architraved and corniced windows. On the 4th floor the 5 central bays are flanked by pairs of elaborately pedimented half dormers below the French mansard roof whilst over the centrepiece rises a square attic carrying a massive square French dome astride the roof surmounted by a slender octagonal lantern with a spreading gallery. Interior has wainscotted foyer with Ionic pilaster order and beamed ceiling with deeply recessed coffers above rich frieze. The auditorium with fanned stalls, cantilevered balconies and gallery has opulent but refined French neo classical theme inspired by Gabriel and DeWailly's Opera at Versailles with scagliola proscenium flanked by 3 tier boxes set between scagliola Corinthian columns; the curving side walls of the auditorium modelled as blind arcading with paired Corinthian pilasters; enriched cornice to main ceiling with large saucer dome etc. This extremely well planned theatre was Phipps's last work. Beerbohm Tree had the dome fitted up with a banqueting hall and living room as his home during his brilliant management of the theatre from 1897 till his death in 1917. Her Majesty's is the fourth royal patent theatre on this site since Vanburgh's building of 1704-5; for the Royal Opera Arcade see under that name. Survey of London; Vol. XXIX. The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitcheson.

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