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Georgian Theatre

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The New Theatre
Lowgate, Hull
Known to have been in existance by 1743, but the date of construction is unknown.
Theatre Royal
Finkle Street, Hull
This is the first Hull theatre with a known date of construction, having been built in1768 by the actor-manager Tate Wilkinson. In 1769, following an act of enpowerment by the King licencing playhouses in Hull and York, it became The Theatre Royal; a name passes on to many different theatres until the beginning of the 20th Century.
Theatre Royal
Humber Street, Hull
The second Theatre Royal, a larger building than the first, was built by Tate Wilkinson's son, John Wilkinson. An illustration from 1810 shows the theatre standing alone and overlokking the bank of the Humber on what was, at that time, the river frontage. A detailed account in local newspapers describe the building as accommodating 1700, having 3 tiers of boxes, 2 galleries and a pit. The interior is described as being luxuriously decorated in pick, white, yellow and grey with scarlet-lined boxes. It was burned down in 1859.
Victorian Theatre - Georgian Parks & Gardens

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