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The Goodman's Field Theatre, Great Alie Street, Whitechapel

See also in this area: The City of London Theatre, Bishopsgate - Wilton's Music Hall, Whitechapel - The Royalty Theatre, Whitechapel - Hoxton Varieties, Shoreditch - The Hoxton Hall - Britannia Theatre, Hoxton - Shoreditch Theatres and Halls

The Goodman's Fields Theatre, Great Alie Street, London in 1801 - From 'London Town Past and Present' Vol 2 by W. W. Hutchings 1909.

Above - The Goodman's Fields Theatre, Great Alie Street, London in 1801 - From 'London Town Past and Present' Vol 2 by W. W. Hutchings 1909.

 

There were three Theatres by the name of the Goodman's Fields Theatre, all situated on Great Alie Street in Whitechapel. The first opened on the 31st of October 1727 and was situated inside a shop owned by Thomas Odell who was the deputy Licenser of plays at the time. The Theatre continued into the 1730s under the management of Henry Giffard but after he left it was turned over to other uses.

The second Goodman's Fields Theatre was built further down the street from the first and was opened in 1732. It closed in 1737 after the passing of Sir Robert Walpole's Licensing Act but was reopened in 1740. This Theatre is said to have been where David Garrick made his first appearance on the public stage, in the character of Richard III in 1741. The Theatre closed on the 27th of May 1742 and was demolished in 1746.

The third Theatre with the Goodman's Fields name was situated on the site of the second but was eventually converted into a warehouse and then destroyed by fire in 1809.

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