Andrew Lloyd Webber confirms Her Majesty’s Theatre renaming 2023
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Andrew Lloyd Webber confirms Her Majesty’s Theatre renaming 2023

The renaming of Her Majesty’s Theatre, home of The Phantom of the Opera, has been confirmed.

The venue will be renamed His Majesty’s Theatre on 6 May 2023 to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III. This title was held by the 1216-seat theater from 1901 until 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II first ascended the throne. Older structures on the same site were also renamed for the respective monarch or queen.

The place may need a little rebranding.

During the Covid pandemic, a new production of The Phantom of the Opera has been mounted and is presently performing at the theater.

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Owners LW Theatres verified in a statement that the name of Her Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket will be changed to commemorate the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. Beginning on Saturday, May 6, 2023, the theatre will be known as His Majesty’s Theatre.

John Vanbrugh’s 1705 Queen’s Theatre was the first playhouse on this location.

“The decision to rename this theater is in accord with a precedent that dates back to the 1700s. The Queen’s Theatre, the first theater constructed on this site in 1705 by John Vanbrugh, was so titled with Queen Anne’s approval. Since then, the theater has been reconstructed three times and renamed for each reigning British monarch. It was renamed The King’s Theatre for the first time in 1714, upon the accession of George I.

“The current structure, designed by Charles J. Phipps and constructed in 1897, is known as Her Majesty’s Theatre in honor of Queen Victoria. Upon the accession of Edward VII, with permission from the King, the name was changed to His Majesty’s Theatre, and again at the beginning of the reign of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the same permission.”

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