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The Moor Street Theatre, Moor Street and Park Street, Birmingham

See also in this area - The Theatre Royal, Moor Street

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The Moor Street Theatre was the first proper Theatre to be constructed in Birmingham. It was situated in a yard between Moor Street and Park Street and first opened in 1740. The Theatre was managed by John Ward in its early years and as it didn't have a license for dramatic performances it put on music in the intervals and charged for that, whilst giving plays for free. The Theatre's auditorium was constructed with a Pit, Balcony, and two Galleries.

Competition from the nearby King Street Theatre, which opened in 1751, eventually led to the closure of the Moor Street Theatre in 1763 when it was converted into a Methodist Chapel.

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