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Greenwich Theatre, London

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Greenwich Theatre is a local theatre located in Croom's Hill close to the centre of Greenwich in south-east London.Theatre first came to Greenwich at the beginning of the 19th century during the famous Eastertide Greenwich Fair at which the Richardson travelling theatre annually performed. The current Greenwich Theatre is the heir to two former traditions. It stands on the site of the Rose and Crown Music Hall built in 1855 on Crooms Hill at the junction with Nevada Street. But it takes its name from the New Greenwich Theatre built in 1864 by Sefton Parry on London Street, opposite what was then the terminus of the London and Greenwich Railway.Richardson's travelling theatreAt the beginning of the 19th century, the Richardson travelling theatre made its annual tented appearance during the famous Eastertide Greenwich Fair. In Sketches by Boz, Charles Dickens reminisced enthusiastically, “you have a melodrama (with three murders and a ghost), a pantomime, a comic song, an overture, and some incidental music, all done in five-and-twenty minutes.”In 1842, The Era reported that performances at Richardson's theatre attracted upwards of 15,000 people.The Fair was closed down in 1853 “in consequence of the drunkenness and debauchery (it) occasioned, and the numerous convictions of pickpockets that took place before the police magistrates”.On at least two subsequent occasions, the Greenwich Theatre celebrated its Richardson heritage. In April 1868 at Eleanor Bufton's first night as manager, she recited a poem written for the occasion, weaving the Richardson saga around her own. Five years later, at Easter 1873, lessee and manager Mr J. A. Cave reproduced Richardson's performances as closely as possible and even brought back Paul Herring, veteran clown of the 1820s Fair.
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  • Was disappointed this didn’t follow the traditional Disney theme we were expecting. The performers were talented but it was more of a take on the film rather than a theatre remake so we didn’t recogni...  more »
  • Excellent theatre and atmosphere. Great transport links and local area is full of good restaurants and bars.  more »
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  • Fab view of theatre wherever you sit. An amazing show, I saw lord of the flies, and the stage was spacious and gave room to play for the actors. Comfy chairs.
  • The theatre was great and quite big. I went and watched the pantomime with my friend and it was a great experience. However I wish the seats were a bit bigger. My arm kept in hitting my friend.
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