Venue Royal Victoria Theatre (1838-1880)
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Address 189 Pitt Street, between King and Market Streets
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia
First Date 26 March 1838
Last Date 22 July 1880
Notes Opened March 1838, seating 1900 in four tiers.Architect: Henry Robertson. Auditorium rebuilt in three tiers for reopening on 2 December 1865. Destroyed by fire 22 July 1880.
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Latitude | Longitude -33.872083 | 151.206033
Events

Bland Holt

Christy's Minstrels

Leopold Family

Victoria Star Company

Alfred Dampier Company

Buckingham Family

Campbell's Minstrels

Joseph Wyatt and William Knight

M. Duret & Co.

Orpheonist Society

Alexander Habbe - Lessee, Scenic Artist

Frank Howson - Actor, Adaptor

William Shakespeare - Playwright

Charles Burford - Actor

Edward Geoghegan - Librettist, Playwright

Mrs Guerin - Actor

Samuel Howard - Actor

Joseph Raynor - Actor, Director, Stage Manager

J P Rogers - Actor

Charles Dillon - Actor, Adaptor, Author, Playwright

Mrs Harriett Jones - Actor

J. J. Welsh - Actor

William Andrews - Actor

Mrs Dillon - Actor

James Simmonds - Actor, Actor-manager, Lessee, Playwright

Mr Albert Spencer - Actor

Mr Cooper - Mechanist

John L. Hall - Actor, Actor and Singer, Adaptor, Musical Arranger, Stage Director

Mr Hollis - Actor

Mrs McGowan - Actor, Dancer

Francis Belfield - Actor, Playwright

Mrs Crosby - Actor

Edmund Holloway - Actor

J P Hydes - Actor, Director

Herbert Winning - Properties Master, Scenic Artist

Mr John Gordon Griffiths - Actor

Mr Hasker - Actor

Mr John Lazar - Actor, Administrator, Playwright

Nelly Montague - Actor

George Ross Morton - Adaptor, Playwright

James H. Rainford - Actor, Producer, Stage Director, Stage Manager

R Tolano - Lessee

Mr Andrew Torning - Actor, Actor-manager, Director, Lessee, Scenic Artist

Mr Turner - Actor

Mr J West - Actor

Mr Burbury - Scenic Artist

Walter Cooper - Actor, Director, Playwright

George Darrell - Actor, Adaptor, Director, Stage Manager

Mrs Gibbs - Actor

Bland Holt - Actor, Actor-manager, Director

William Hoskins - Actor, Actor-manager, Director, Producer, Stage Manager

Madame Gordon Hyde - Actor

Myra Kemble - Actor, Actor and Singer

Miss Melville - Actor

Fanny Morgan - Actor

Miss Warde - Actor

Mr Willis - Actor

C H Burford - Actor

Mr Clifford - Actor

Mr Collins - Actor

Mr Daniel Grove - Actor

J Hasker - Actor

Patty Holt - Actor

John Howson - Actor

Mrs Charles Jones - Actor

George Leopold - Actor

Tom Leopold - Actor

Julia Matthews - Actor

Mr Rogers - Actor

J. R. Setright - Scenic Artist

Mr George Simes - Actor, Director

Mr Joseph Simmons - Actor, Lessee, Playwright

Mrs Stapleton - Costume Maker

Mr Warde - Actor

Charles Young - Actor, Stage Manager

Mr Appleton - Actor

Mr Gustavus Arabin - Actor, Adaptor

Michael William Balfe - Composer

Mr Bennett - Actor, Actor-manager

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre - Author

Alfred Bunn - Librettist

James Cobb - Adaptor

Rosa Cooper - Actor, Director

Mr George Coppin - Actor-manager, Director, Lessee

H H Davis - Actor

Oliver Deering - Actor

E Dillon - Actor

Lizzie Dixon - Actor

Gaetano Donizetti - Composer

Charles Eigenschenk - Actor-manager, Musical Arranger

Frauline Fannie - Actor

Edward Fitzball - Librettist, Playwright

Mr Fitzgerald - Actor, Dancer

Sara Flower - Actor, Singer

Harriet Gordon - Actor

J. R. Greville - Actor, Stage Manager

Mr Guy - Scenic Artist

Mr Hall - Actor

Miss Hart - Actor

Lydia Howarde - Actor, Actor and Singer

Henry Leopold - Actor

George Melville - Actor

Charles Miran - Actor

Mrs Moore - Actor

Mr Morton - Actor

Mr Francis Nesbitt - Actor, Writer

Stuart O'Brien - Actor, Stage Manager

Maggie Oliver - Actor

Mrs Charles Poole - Actor

John Renno - Mechanist, Scenic Artist

Walter Rice - Musical Arranger, Musical Director

Mr Selwyn - Actor

Harold Stephen - Playwright

Mr Sweeny - Actor

Charles Webb - Adaptor, Playwright

Miss Williams - Actor

William John Wilson - Scenic Artist

Miss Eliza Winstanley - Actor

Christine Zavistowski - Actor, Dancer

Signor Raffaele Abecco - Actor

William Mower Akhurst - Adaptor

Miss Allen - Actor

Mrs Frances Arabin - Actor

P Belfield - Dancer

Dion Boucicault Snr. - Playwright

Joe Brown - Actor, Stage Manager

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Author, Playwright

Madame Carandini - Actor

Mrs Anne Clarke - Actor, Actor and Singer

Miss Collins - Actor

W. P. Collins - Actor, Actor-manager

Samuel Colville - Actor-manager, Lessee

Lina Edwin - Actor, Actor and Singer

Mr Arthur Falchon - Actor

George Fawcett - Actor, Adaptor, Playwright, Scenic Artist

H Flexmore - Actor

John Gibbs - Actor-manager, Orchestral Leader

E Harvey - Actor

Mrs Robert Heir - Actor

Henry Holmes - Scenic Artist

Mr Horton - Actor

John Howe - Actor

David Myer Isaacs - Playwright

Harry Jackson - Actor

C King - Actor

Mr Lane - Actor

Mr McGowan - Actor

Mr Milner - Actor

James Mulholland - Playwright

Mr Frank Musgrave - Actor

Charles Nagel - Playwright

Isaac Nathan - Composer

Jennie Nye - Actor, Dancer

Mr Palmer - Actor, Singer

Annie Pixley - Actor and Singer

Sam Poole - Actor

Charles Raynor - Actor

Mrs Rogers - Actor

Felice Romani - Librettist

Clara Stephenson - Actor

J. W. Sweeney - Actor

Joe Tolano - Actor

Mr Welch - Actor

Mr C. Wilson - Lessee, Scenic Artist

Frederick Younge - Actor

Mr Andrews - Actor

F.C. Appleton - Actor

Daniel Auber - Composer

S.H Banks - Adaptor

C W Barry - Actor, Stage Manager

Mr Beaumont - Actor, Lighting Operator

T S Bellair - Actor

Mr Bellini - Actor

Vincenzo Bellini - Composer

Mr Boam - Musical Arranger

George Brown - Actor

William M Brown - Adaptor

Mr Bruton - Actor

John Bryan - Adaptor

David Burn - Playwright

Cordelia Cameron - Actor

Mr C. Cameron - Actor

Walter Cassell - Actor, Dancer

Mr Chandler - Actor

Alfred Clint - Scenic Artist

R H Cox - Actor

Herr Cushla - Properties Master

Alfred Dampier - Actor, Director

Charles Alexander Dibdin - Playwright

Miss Dixon - Actor

Emilia Don - Actor

H A Douglas - Actor

H N Douglas - Actor

Madam Marie Duret - Actor

Tilly Earl - Actor, Actor and Singer

F Ede - Actor

Lena Edwin - Actor

Mr Fenton - Actor

Mr Field - Actor

Mr Ford - Actor

Jennie Grey - Actor and Singer

Miss Griffiths - Actor, Dancer

John Thomas Haines - Playwright

Mr Hammond - Actor

Miss Harcourt - Actor

Mrs Hart - Actor

Henry Hodson - Actor, Actor and Singer

Mr Hourigan - Actor

Mr Howard - Actor

Mrs Howard - Actor

Mr Hunt - Properties Master, Set and/or Property Maker

Mr Irvine - Actor

C. Jones - Actor, Actor-manager

Mr Jones - Actor

Mr John Jones - Actor

Mr Kelly - Properties Master, Properties Master / Mistress

J C Lambert - Actor, Lessee

Mr Lambert - Actor

Mr Lee - Actor

Alicia Mandeville - Actor

Mr Manley - Actor

T Margetts - Actor

Mr Mason - Actor

Lachlan McGowan - Actor, Stage Manager

Robert McGowan - Actor, Director

Miss McLean - Actor

Madame Milthorpe - Actor

Mr Montague - Actor

Jacob Levi Montefiore - Adaptor, Playwright

Miss Mordaunt - Actor

Lizzie Morgan - Actor

Mr Munyard - Actor

Miss Murphy - Actor

Nelly Murphy - Actor

Archibald Murray - Adaptor, Playwright

Mrs O'Flaherty - Actor

Mr Osborne - Lighting Operator

Mr Percy - Actor

Annie Pexley - Actor

Harry Power - Actor

William Renno - Actor, Mechanist

Mr Richardson - Actor

Gioacchino Rossini - Composer

Augustin Eugene Scribe - Librettist

Mr Seagrave - Actor

George Simms - Actor

W H Stephens - Actor, Actor-manager, Adaptor

Richard Stewart - Actor

Mrs Torning - Actor

E A Towns - Actor

Garnet Walch - Adaptor, Playwright

A Wallace - Mechanist

Charles Walsh - Actor

Mr Walsh - Actor

C. Ward - Director, Properties Master, Properties Master / Mistress

Charles Ward - Assistant Director, Mechanist

C Warde - Properties Master, Properties Master / Mistress

H. N. Warner - Actor

Mr Williams - Actor

Emily Wiseman - Actor

Mr Addison - Actor

Mr Alexander - Actor

W Alexander - Actor

Mr Allison - Actor

Carry Allnute - Actor

Cary Allnutte - Actor, Dance Director

George Almar - Playwright

Mrs W. Andrews - Actor

Murray Archibald - Actor, Playwright

Mr Ascroft - Actor

Millie Ashton - Actor

Mr Atwood - Actor

Emma Austin - Actor

Edmond Badon - Playwright

Jules Barbier - Librettist

Mr Barford - Actor

John Barnett - Composer

John Francis Barnett - Composer

J. J. Bartlett - Actor

Mr Bartlett - Actor

Jean-François Bayard - Librettist

A H Bell - Actor

Miss Bella - Actor

Miss Benison - Actor

John Bennett - Actor-manager

Miss Benson - Actor

Miss Berry - Actor

Mr Bertram - Actor

Jerry Blossom - Actor

Junius Brutus Booth - Actor

Mr Booth - Actor

Miss Brady - Actor

Fanny Brice - Actor

Richard Brinsley Peake - Librettist

W. G. Broadhurst - Music Adaptor

Maxwell Brown - Actor

Miss Brown - Actor

J. W. Bruton - Actor

Mr George Buckingham - Actor

John Buckstone - Adaptor

Mr Bunbury - Scenic Artist

Francis Cowley Burnand - Scriptwriter

Salvadore Cammarano - Librettist

Mr Campbell - Wigmaker

Eleanor Carey - Actor

Michel Carré - Librettist

Miss Celarie - Actor

Mr Cetrid - Properties Master

Amy Chambers - Dancer

Mr Chambers - Actor

Mr Joseph Chambers - Dancer

S Chambers - Actor

Miss Charles - Actor

Mr Charles - Actor

Mr Chifford - Actor

Marcus Clarke - Adaptor

Miss Coleman - Actor

George Colman (the younger) - Playwright

Florence Colville - Actor

Thomas Cooke - Composer

Frederick Coppin - Musical Director

Mrs Maria Coppin - Actor

Kate Corcoran - Actor

William Cordner - Actor

Miss Cox - Actor

Mrs Cox - Actor

H T Craven - Playwright

Mr Crosby - Actor-manager

Shaw Cross - Actor and Singer

Mr Dalton - Actor

Lily Dampier - Actor

Rose Dampier - Actor

Mr Daniels - Actor

F. Darbyshire - Actor

Mr Davis - Actor

Miss De Vere - Actor

Mr Henry Deering - Actor

Olly Deering - Actor

Thomas John Dibdin - Translator

Charles Dickens - Author

F Dillon - Actor

William Dind - Actor-manager

E. Dixon - Actor

Jessie Dixon - Actor

Mr Dobson - Actor

Sir William Don - Actor

Dan Dores - Dancer

H Douglas - Actor

Mr Douglas - Actor

Mr Douglass - Actor

John Drew - Actor

Mdlle Ducrow - Actor

Mr James Dyball - Actor

Miss Earl - Actor

Mr John Edwards - Actor

Charles Eigenschenck - Actor-manager

Mr Emery - Actor

Mr O. Fisher - Actor and Singer

Mrs Fitzgerald - Actor

Mr J Flexmore - Dance Director

M Flynn - Actor

Mr Flynn - Actor

Miss Foley - Actor

Mary Ford - Actor

W H Ford - Actor, Costume Maker

Mr Gayes - Actor

Miss Gill - Actor

W B Gill - Actor, Adaptor, Director

Master Glover - Actor

George Gordon - Playwright

Miss Gordon - Actor

Mr Graham - Actor

Master Green - Actor

Willie Green - Actor

Mrs Greville - Actor

Jessie Grey - Actor

Mr Griffin - Actor

J G Griffiths - Company Manager

Master Griffiths - Actor

W Griffiths - Actor

Mrs Grove - Actor

Mrs J. L. Hall - Actor and Singer

Lionel Harding - Stage Manager

Julia Harland - Actor

Nellie Harley - Actor

Frank Harlowe - Actor

Charles Harvey - Actor

Mr Harvey - Actor

Henry Richard Harwood - Actor, Actor-manager

Miss J Harwood - Actor

J L Hatton - Composer

Catherine Hayes - Soprano

Kate Hayes - Actor

Miss Hayward - Actor

John Henning - Scenic Artist

Miss Heyward - Actor

John Hill - Composer, Musical Director

Mrs Walter Hill - Actor

Walter Hill - Actor

Mr Hines - Properties Master

Mr Hogan - Actor

Charles Holloway - Actor

F.R.C. Hopkins - Adaptor, Playwright

Amy Howard - Actor

Miss Howard - Actor

Julia Hudson - Actor

Frank Hutchinson - Playwright

George Ireland - Actor

Mr Ireland - Actor

C S Irvine - Actor

Miss Jackson - Actor

Miss Jacque - Actor

Mrs Jager - Costume Maker

Mr W James - Actor

H S Jerdan - Actor

Mr Johnson - Properties Master

B N Jones - Actor

Harriet Jones - Actor

Mr Kain - Mechanist

G Kelly - Lighting Operator

James Kenney - Writer

John Kenno - Mechanist

Friedrich Kind - Librettist

James Sheridan Knowles - Playwright

Mr Conrad Knowles - Actor, Adaptor, Playwright

Mrs Knowles - Actor

Tilly Lake - Actor

Miss Lambert - Actor

Mrs Lambert - Actor

Miss Octavia Lane - Actor and Singer

Miss Laporte - Actor

Charles Lascelles - Actor

Frank Lawler - Actor

Tilly Leake - Actor

Miss Lees - Actor

J M Leonard - Actor

Mr H Leopold - Actor

Mr Thomas Lewis - Actor

Cissy Lloyd - Actor

Mr Lloyd - Actor

Joseph-Philippe Lockroy - Playwright

E J Loder - Composer

George Loder - Musical Arranger

Mr Long - Actor

Madame Louise - Actor

Mrs G W Lovell - Adaptor

Mr Lyons - Actor

George Macfarren - Composer

Mr Macredy - Actor

Frederick G Maeder - Actor

Mr J D Marsh - Actor

Miss Martin - Actor

John Marwick - Playwright

Charles Massey - Scenic Artist

Mrs Matthews - Actor

Miss Maynard - Actor

Mr Mayson - Actor

Mrs Robert McGowan - Actor

E McLean - Actor

Miss Mella - Actor

Mr John Meredith - Actor

Julia Merton - Actor

W H Metcalfe - Actor

Giacomo Meyerbeer - Composer

Julia Milne - Actor

Annie Milner - Actor

William Thomas Moncrieff - Writer

Andrew Moore - Musical Arranger

Mr Morrison - Actor

W P Morrison - Actor

Mrs Morton - Actor

Kate Murphy - Actor

Frank Musgrove - Actor

Miss Neilson - Actor

Mr Newton - Actor

Miss Novello - Actor

Henry O'Flaherty - Playwright

Kane O'Hara - Playwright

W. O'Neil - Actor

Barry Oakley - Actor

Jacques Offenbach - Composer

Miss Oliver - Actor

Murray Pembroke - Playwright

Hans Phillips - Actor

George Ferrers Pickering - Playwright

David Pole - Playwright

Mr Powell - Actor

T Rainford - Actor

Jennifer Rayner - Actor

Charles Reade - Playwright

Edward Reeve - Playwright

A jnr Reiff - Adaptor, Musical Arranger

Miss Rena - Actor

C Rice - Conductor

Miss Richardson - Actor

Mr Riley - Actor

Monsieur Rivere - Lighting Operator

George Herbert Rogers - Actor

Nellie Roscoe - Actor

Mr Russell - Actor

Mr Ryall - Actor

Mrs W Ryan - Actor

Syl. Ryan - Actor

Marion Saunders - Actor

Mr Saville - Actor

Miss Seymour - Actor

Lizzie Shapter - Actor

Jenny Sharp - Actor and Singer

Miss Hattie Shepparde - Actor

Miss Sinclair - Actor

Mrs Smeathman - Actor

James Smith - Playwright

Mr Smith - Actor

Mr Smithers - Actor

George Soane - Librettist

James South - Actor

Mrs Spence - Costume Co-ordinator

Minnie Stanley - Actor

Miss Stapleton - Costume Maker

Miss Stella - Actor

Mr Stephens - Actor

Mr Stevenson - Actor

Mr K Stewart - Actor

Mr R Stewart - Actor

Eugène Sue - Writer

Miss Sutherland - Actor

Benjamin Tannett - Scenic Artist

Mr Taylor - Actor

Mr Taylor - Actor

Mrs Maria Taylor - Actor

Mrs T Taylor - Actor

Thomas Proclus Taylor - Playwright

Thomas James Thackeray - Librettist

Mr Thomas - Actor

Mrs Thomson - Actor

Mr Tolano - Lessee

Miss Tournear - Actor

H Twight - Actor

Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges - Librettist

Signor Vertelli - Performer

C Vincent - Stage Manager

Henry H. Vincent - Actor

J H Vinson - Actor

August von Kotzebue - Playwright

Carl Maria von Weber - Composer

Miss Wallace - Actor

Mr Spencer Wallace - Scenic Artist

Mrs Wallace - Actor

William Vincent Wallace - Composer

Kate Ward - Actor

M G Ward - Actor

W. B. Warner - Actor

Robert E. Watson - Actor

Mr Watt - Actor

John Webster - Playwright

J. P. West - Actor, Director, Stage Manager

Mrs J P West - Actor

R. P. Weston - Scenic Artist

Mrs Wheeler - Actor

F Wiley - Playwright

Miss Wilson - Actor

Thomas Wilson - Playwright

C Winder - Playwright

J Winning - Properties Master

Miss Winston - Actor

Mr Winterbottom - Conductor

Laura Wiseman - Actor and Singer

Mr Wright - Actor

Mrs Ximenes - Actor

Mrs Yeamans - Actor

Fanny Young - Actor

Henry Young - Actor

Richard Younge - Actor, Director

Resources
  • Article:  Amusements, Evening Journal, 23 August 1880, 3
  • Article:  City Council [Royal City Theatre], The Australasian Chronicle, 14 February 1843, 2
  • Article:  Destruction of the Victoria Theatre, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 1880, 6
  • Article:  Helen Oppenheim, Wyatt, Joseph (1788–1860), Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, 1967
  • Article:  History of the Victoria Theatre, The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, 31 July 1880, 209
  • Article:  Joseph Michael Forde, ANNALS OF THE TURF AND OTHER PASTIMES. IN NEW SOUTH WALES AND ELSEWHERE THE OPENING OF THE VICTORIA THEATRE. THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN OTHELLO. No. LVII., Sydney Sportsman, 15 June 1904
  • Article:  Music and Drama. Obituary of Joseph Wyatt, The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, 28 July 1860, 5
  • Article:  Ross Thorne, Royal Victoria Theatre Sydney, Companion To Theatre In Australia, 1995, 512
  • Article:  Ross Thorne, Sydney’s Lost Theatres, Theatre Australia, 4, 1 and 2, August 1979, 14-15, 13-14
  • Article:  The Fancy Ball, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August 1844, 3
  • Article:  The Fire at the Victoria Theatre, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 1880, 6
  • Article:  Theatre Royal, George Street, Commercial Journal and Advertiser, 24 March 1838, 2
  • Article:  Theatre Royal, The Argus, 14 June 1880, 6
  • Article:  Theatres and Theatricals, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 4 December 1841, 2
  • Article:  Victoria Theatre, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 December 1878, 3
  • Artwork:  F Mansell, Interior of the Royal Victoria Theatre, Sydney, Dictionary of Sydney, National Library of Australia, 1849
  • Artwork:  Joseph Fowles, Detail of Pitt Street showing Victoria Theatre, Dictionary of Sydney, State Library of NSW, 1848
  • Artwork:  The First Appeance of Miss Catherine Hayes at the Victoria Theatre, September 26th, 1854, Dictionary of Sydney, National Library of Australia, 1854
  • Book:  Ian Bevan, The Story of the Theatre Royal, Currency Press Pty Ltd, Paddington, NSW, 1993
  • Documentary:  Royal Victoria Theatre, Sydney, N.S.W. (1838-1880), AusStage, 2018
  • Law Report:  Supreme Court of New South Wales, Meredith v Wyatt [1839] NSWSupC 46 (6 July 1839), Australasian Legal Information Institute, 6 July 1839
  • Map:  Plans of Sydney (Doves), 1880 Map 9
  • Newspaper:  Amusements, Evening News, 24 November 1876, 2
  • Newspaper:  Amusements, Evening News, 28 December 1876, 2
  • Newspaper:  Amusements, Evening News, 9 November 1876, 2
  • Record:  Royal Victoria Theatre, Dictionary of Sydney
  • Website:  Sydney Architecture - Royal Victoria Theatre, Sydney Architecture
Venue Identifier 3847