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St. James's Theatre

Samuel Beazley

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(detail)1835 | construction
The elaborate theatre was designed with a neo-classical exterior and a Louis XIV style interior by Samuel Beazley and built by the partnership of Peto & Grissell.
(detail)14.12.1835 | opening
The theatre opened on with a mixed programme of an operatic burletta, Agnes Sorel, starring Braham, and two farces by Gilbert Abbott à Beckett.
(detail)1879 | alteration
Altered to the design by Thomas Verity.
(detail)1900 | alteration
Major alteration was carried out to the design byJ. Emblin Walker and A. Blomfield Jackson.
(detail)1957 | demolition

People

(detail)Samuel Beazley |main architect
English theatre architect, designer of the Lyceum, the St. James's, the City of London, that part of the Adelphi fronting on the Strand, and the colonnade of Drury Lane. His buildings, though plain and somewhat uninteresting, were good and well adapted for their purpose. A prolific dramatist, mainly of ephemeral farces and short comedies, Beazley was also responsible for poor translations of several operatic libretti. IN: Hartnoll, Phyllis, ed. The concise Oxford companion to the theatre. 1st ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1972.  ISBN 0-19-281102-9. p. 8 More theatres

Walter Crane |painter
John Gregory Crace |interior designer

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