Theatre Royal, Haymarket

The Theatre Royal Haymarket is a theatre in the Haymarket in the West End of London. The theatre was founded in 1720 and has been located at its present address, in a building designed by John Nash, since 1821.


Latitude: 51.508594299763
Longitude: -0.132308900138

Timeline of Events Associated with Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Date Event Manage
18 Sep 1809 to 15 Dec 1809

Old Price Riots

The Old Price Riots began on 18 September 1809 and concluded on 15 December 1809. The riots were a consumer protest movement staged by theatregoers of Covent Garden Theatre for a total of sixty-seven nights, demanding a return of old prices for seats at the theater. Day after day, week after week, from September through December, protestors made noise, brandished placards, fashioned O.P. medals and faux money, created signature O.P. songs, and even performed an O.P. Dance. Hardly relegated to the environs of Covent Garden, the event dominated London’s theatrical and print culture in the form of news reports, pamphlets, broadsides, and graphic images, which circulated throughout the metropolis and beyond. Image: George Cruikshank, The O.P. Spectacles (17 November 1809; (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London).


Terry F. Robinson, “National Theatre in Transition: The London Patent Theatre Fires of 1808-1809 and the Old Price Riots”

19 Apr 1862

Railway Station exhibited

Photo of William Powell FrithOn 19 April 1862, the exhibition of William Powell Frith’s painting The Railway Station opens at the Fine Arts Gallery at No. 7 Haymarket, London. Image: Photograph of William Powell Frith (no date) by Maull & Polyblank. This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Pamela Fletcher, "On the Rise of the Commercial Art Gallery in London"