The Queen's Theatre, Spring Gardens, Manchester
Formerly - The Theatre Royal, New Theatre Royal, New Amphitheatre (Bradburys), New Pavilion, Royal Minor Theatre
Above - A Watercolour showing the Theatre Royal, Fountain Street, Manchester - By George Richmond August 2016. The painting has been created from a photograph in the book 'Red Plush and Gilt' by Joyce Knowlson. George Richmond says 'The image shows the building as built in 1775 until the fire of 1789.'
The Queen's Theatre, Spring Gardens was a reconstruction of an earlier Theatre which originally opened as the Theatre Royal in 1775 but was destroyed by fire in 1789.
The exterior walls mostly survived the fire however, and the Theatre was then rebuilt internally, and altered externally, and reopened under the name of the New Theatre Royal in 1791. The Theatre then ran under this name until 1809 when it was renamed the New Amphitheatre, and then later the Queen's Theatre (See image below).
The Theatre closed in March 1869 having been sold by auction. It was demolished shortly afterwards, a warehouse was then built on the site.
There is more on the owner of this Theatre and its eventual demolition further down on this page.
During the Theatre's demolition a Spring was found 15 feet under the stage revealing why the Spring Gardens name had come into existence.
The Queen's Theatre, Spring Gardens, Manchester should not be confused with the Queen's Theatre, Bridge Street Manchester.
Right - A Poster for the Queen's Theatre, Spring Gardens, Manchester for Wednesday the 3rd of March 1841, advertising: 'The Wreck of the Royal George' and 'Yew Tree Ruins or, The Wreck, the Mirer, & the Murderer.' - Courtesy Trevor J Dudley.
A visitor to the site, Joanne Flack, has kindly sent in the following information regarding the Queen's Theatre:-
The Queen's Theatre, Manchester was owned by my Great Great Grandfather, Joseph Nadin, the Deputy Constable of Manchester. He left the Theatre to his family, including his grandchildren. It was sold by his son in 1869 for £17,500. His son Joseph was the manager for a number of years, and later his grandson Joseph was the manager."
Letter from Eliza Nadin to her son John in Candelo NSW Australia, 11 Jul 1867:
"You see we have not got things settled about your Grandfathers and Fathers, we do expect before Christmas. To think we may say the Theatre is sold £17,500. Your Grandfather had 8 shares for his grandchildren and your dear Father had 2 shares which comes to me with the house and all his money, for my life, and your Aunty, "
Letter from Eliza Nadin to her son John in Candelo NSW Australia 28. Dec 1868 (Bob and Joe are her sons)
Bob is very well and we are very happy together and very good. He goes to the Theatre with Joe every night and day performances. A person, the name of Weston, has taken it this winter and doing very well. I wish it was sold for their sakes it is such a tie for them. We have had £17000 offered for it but we want £18000 I think we shall get it. All send their very best love to you all wishing you a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And remain Dear Jack Your Ever Affect. Mother Eliza Nadin.
Letter from Tom Nadin to his brother John, Candelo NSW 22 Apr 1869.
I enclose an account of the last of the Old Queens Theatre; it is almost down to the ground and warehouse spring up in its place. I feel I have lost one of my limbs, to think we dont own the old place. We got the enormous sum of £17,500 and it would have been sold years ago for £10,000 if it had not been for poor Old Father who was most determined not to let it for at any thing like that. The Taylors presented Joe with a beautiful Time Piece for his attention to the place since the Governors death. It was a touching meeting.
Text and letters above very kindly sent in by Joanne Flack.
Above - A Watercolour showing the Queen's Theatre, Fountain Street, Manchester - By George Richmond August 2016. The painting has been created from a photograph in the book 'Red Plush and Gilt' by Joyce Knowlson. George Richmond says 'This image shows the building as it was reconstructed in 1790 / 91. It would seem that some of the original building was reused, the front and rear gables being extended, the front one being similar to the original, and the centre section of the street wall being retained, although modified in respect of some plaster decoration. My painting has the sold notice on the wall as the building was sold by auction and demolished in 1869.'
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