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There has been a theatre located on this site on The Haymarket, St James's since the first of four theatres opened in April 1705 as the Queens Theatre, honouring Queen Anne.
When King George I ascended the throne in 1714, the theatre's name changed to the Kings Theatre. Opera was the main form of entertainment presented by Her Majestys until 1789 when the building was destroyed by fire.
A new theatre was constructed and opened in March 1791, again mostly associated with opera and ballet. It was here that Mozart first presented several of his operas including the 1806 opening of 'La Clemenza di Tito', 'Cosi fan tutte' in 1811 and 'Don Giovanni' in 1816.
Changes were made to the exterior and auditorium between 1816 and 1818 as well as the construction of the Royal Opera Arcade, a shopping arcade behind the theatre which still stands today.
This particular theatre changes its name to ´His´ or ´Her´ dependent on whether a man or woman is cushioning the throne, so when Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the theatre became Her Majestys Theatre Italian Opera House, with the latter part of the title dropped ten years later.
However, twenty years later the theatre was yet again engulfed in flames. 1869 saw the rebuilding of the third theatre and 1892 saw it demolished. The theatre you see today is the current and fourth theatre which raised its curtains in April 1897, although now presenting plays and musicals, interspersed with the occasional opera.
Since the end of WWII, it has been mostly all about the musicals with 'Brigadoon' in 1949, 'Paint Your Wagon' in 1953, the fabulous 'West Side Story' in 1958 and 'Fiddler on the Roof' enjoyed 2,030 performances from 1967.
From 1982 - 1985 ITV1 presented the variety television series 'Live from Her Majestys' - the programme on which the famously funny British comedian and magician Tommy Cooper collapsed midway through his act, sadly dying on stage in 1984.
But it's the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber / Charles Hart musical 'Phantom of the Opera' that has been playing at Her Majestys since first opening in October 1986….and still going strong.
Piccadilly Circus underground station is the closest to Her Majestys Theatre.
When purchasing tickets for mainstream theatre productions, it is important to keep the following in mind.
The cheapest way to buy tickets is to buy directly from the theatres´ box office where the show is playing. Or, purchase your tickets from the ´Half Price Ticket Booth´ (AKA ´tkts´) located in Leicester Square, where they sell ´on the day´ tickets for all of the West End shows at a discount rate.
The booth is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sundays from 12pm - 3.30pm. There is a maximum of 4 tickets per person. Avoid touts hanging about the theatres and any other ticket agencies around the West End that appear a little dodgy as tickets may not be legitimate. Always ask if your seat is in a restricted viewing area.
You can also purchase a theatre and hotel package which saves money all round. However, the best thing to do if you have your heart set on seeing a particular show is to book ahead. You will be guaranteed a good seat, a great view and a fab night out.
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|Piccadilly Circus Station||1||Bakerloo - Piccadilly||0.27 miles|
|Leicester Square Station||1||Piccadilly - Northern||0.41 miles|
|Charing Cross Station||1||Bakerloo - Northern||0.47 miles|
|Embankment Station||1||District - Bakerloo - Northern - Circle line||0.65 miles|
|Covent Garden Station||1||Piccadilly||0.74 miles|
|Charing Cross London Station||0.48 miles|
|London Waterloo International Station||1.30 miles|
|London Waterloo Station||1.42 miles|
|London Waterloo East Station||1.57 miles|
|London Victoria Station||1.71 miles|