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(detail)1683 | construction
A wooden 'musick house' was erected on the site in 1683.
(detail)8.4.1765 | opening
First theatre opened to the design by builder Thomas Rosoman.
(detail)1802 | alteration
Auditorium reconstructed to the design by Rudolphe Cabanel.
(detail)1838 | alteration

(detail)1879 | Construction
Constructed to the design by C. J. Phipps.
(detail)1901 | alteration
Partly remodelled to the design by Bertie Crewe.
(detail)1915 | closure

(detail)6.1.1931 | opening
Designed by F.G.M. Chancellor of Matcham & Co, the new theatre opened on 6 January 1931 with a production of Twelfth Night and a cast headed by Ralph Richardson as Sir Toby Belch and John Gielgud as Malvolio.
(detail)11.10.1998 | opening
The current theatre opened on 11 October 1998 with a performance by Rambert Dance Company of Iolanthe with sets designed by Derek Jarman and Laurence Bennett.


(detail)Thomas Rosoman |builder
He was the manager of the Sadlers Wells Theatre from 1746 to 1771. He established the Wells' pedigree for opera production and oversaw the construction of a new theatre - at a cost of £4,225 - which opened in April 1765. IN: http://www.ourhampton.org.uk/residents.html




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