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THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE
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Drury Lane Theatre. The company incorporated by two acts of Parliament, for upholding the late Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is a joint stock company, and is made perpetual. ... April 23, 1812.
London: Lowndes and Hobbs, printers, [1812].
[4] p. ; 22.5 cm. (4º)

Folded half-sheet, inner pages blank. Drop-head title. Docket title 'Drury Lane Theatre. Joint Stock Company'. The third Drury Lane theatre was built in 1794 and was destroyed in the fire of 1804. The new theatre designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt was eventually built in 1812, its portico added by Samuel Beazley in 1820, and the colonnade in 1831; the auditorium was remodelled in 1922. Soane had subscribed for five shares, which he sought to withdraw in late October 1811 on learning that 'instead of a Theatre of moderate dimensions as promised ... I now understand it will be even larger than Covent Garden Theatre'. (Priv. Corr. VII.K.2). Nevertheless, in 1819 he accepted the Drury Lane Committee's invitation to act as honorary architect to the theatre during Beazley's alterations. See Görel Garlick, To serve the purpose of the drama: the theatre designs and plays of Samuel Beazley 1786--1851 (London: Society for Theatre Research, 2003), p. 66.

Copy Notes Two copies.

Binding Folded papers.

Reference Number 6179


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