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The Britannia Pavilion Theatre, Woolton Rd, Garston, Liverpool

Formerly - Snape's Theatre

Liverpool Theatres Index

A contemporary advertisement for the opening of the Britannia Pavilion, Garston, at the time called Snape's Theatre, in 1891 - Courtesy Paul Young. The Britannia Pavilion was the first Theatre to be built in Garston. It originally opened as Snape's Theatre on Friday the 7th of August 1891 with a production of 'Hamlet.'

Although built as a temporary structure it did have gas lighting and seating for 800. The Theatre was run by its Proprietor Mr J. W. Snape junior, who also acted in its productions.

Prices and opening times for the Theatre in its opening week can be seen in the contemporary advertisement shown right.

Right - A contemporary advertisement for the opening of the Britannia Pavilion, Garston, at the time called Snape's Theatre, in 1891 - Courtesy Paul Young.

The Garston Britannia gets a brief mention in the 1908 book 'Annals of the Liverpool Stage' by R. J. Broadbent, in which he says:- 'In 1891 there was the Britannia Theatre, under the proprietorship of Mr. J. W. Snape, who is, I believe, still touring. The Britannia was not a permanent structure, but it was Mr. Snape's intention at that time to build a regular theatre. But this he never carried out.'

Some of the information on this page was kindly sent in by the Garston and District Historical Society.

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