Her Majesty's Theatre London
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About the Her Majesty's Theatre
The resplendent Her Majesty’s Theatre was designed by architect Charles J. Phipps and opened in 1897. The theatre's first manager was Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who founded one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) at the theatre in 1904. A theatre has stood on the site since 1704 when the Queen's Theatre opened, primarily as an opera house, which staged over 25 operas by the renowned composer George Frideric Handel. The name of the theatre changes with the gender of the monarch and was named Her Majesty's on Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne.
Over the years Her Majesty's Theatre has housed world premieres of works by some of the most acclaimed playwrights, including Noël Coward, George Bernard Shaw and J. B. Priestly. Musical theatre dominated the theatre's programming post-war and saw many Broadway transfers of hit musicals including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Brigadoon.
Since 1986, the theatre has been the home of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera. The musical is the second longest-running musical in the West End, behind Les Misérables (currently at the Sondheim Theatre), which opened in the previous year.
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The theatre changes name to reflect the United Kingdom’s current monarch and was first rechristened - as the King’s Theatre - in 1714 for King George I. It has subsequently been known as Her Majesty’s Theatre for Queen Victoria and His Majesty’s Theatre between 1901 and 1952 for King George V, King Edward VII and King George VI.
In keeping with tradition, Her Majesty’s Theatre will be renamed His Majesty’s Theatre following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022. This change will take place at an appropriate time after the coronation of King Charles III, which is expected in 2023.