Her Majesty's Theater
The theater has a long history that includes multiple buildings and renaming. Originally built by architect John Vanbrugh , it opened on April 9, 1705 as the Queen's Theater with the performance of a pastoral by Jakob Greber . After George I was enthroned in 1714, the name was changed to King's Theater . Most of the operas by George Frideric Handel premiered here, especially during the time of the Opera Academy from 1719 to 1728, for which Giovanni Battista Bononcini and Attilio Ariosti also composed. Johann Jacob Heidegger as commercial director also brought masked balls onto the stage.
In 1789 the building was destroyed in a fire. A new building designed by Michael Novosielski was inaugurated in March 1791. From this period, the famous and eccentric French harpist Nicolas Bochsa (1789-1856) should be highlighted among the musical directors of the King's Theater , who held this post from 1827 for six years. The theater was also known as the Italian Opera House since the 1820s because of the many Italian operas that were staged here in the early 19th century . In 1837, the house was renamed "Her Majesty's Theater" and later, for male rulers, in His Majesty's Theater . After another fire in December 1867 and rebuilding by Charles Lee, the theater was finally torn down and completely rebuilt.
The current building was designed by Charles John Phipps and opened on April 28, 1897. Today it is mainly used for musical performances.
The musical The Phantom of the Opera has been performed since October 9, 1986 .
- The Italian Opera in London . In: Illustrirte Zeitung . No. 21 . J. J. Weber, Leipzig November 18, 1843, p. 329-330 ( books.google.de ).