Located on New Road, a relatively new pedestrian thoroughfare, and surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars, Brighton's Theatre Royal has been here longer than any of its neighbours. With the theatre becoming a popular pastime at the start of the 19th century, George IV gave Royal Assent for a new theatre to be built in 1806 and just ten months later in June of the following year t opened its doors to a production of Hamlet starring the star of Drury Lane, Charles Kemble. It has had a rocky past with a long period of instability however when Henry John Nye Chart, a mediocre actor, took over management in 1854, things took a turn for the better and the Theatre Royal became one of the leading venues outside of London. Upon his death some 22 years later, his wife took control and sustained the venue's venerability with all the leading actors of the day treading its boards. What's more, the like of Noel Coward and Terence Rattigan trialed plays here before taking them to London. Still today, in the magnificent Regency auditorium, audiences are entertained by plays, concerts and stand-up comedy shows in one of the oldest working theatres in the country.
The Royal Pavilion