Manager and Directors of the Theatre Royal, Hanley

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Description:Hanley's Theatre Royal had a long and colourful history until its closure in 2000. In 1840 a disused Methodist Chapel on Brunswick Street was converted into a lecture hall by Thomas Hinde, and renamed 'the People's Theatre'. In 1871 a new 'Theatre Royal' was built on the same site - this was the theatre which was destroyed by fire in 1949. It was rebuilt and reopened on 14 August 1951. In 1961 it was sold to Mecca who operated it as a Bingo hall for twenty years. It reopened as a theatre in 1982, closed again in 1996, and was purchased by Mike Lloyd and refurbished in 1997. The curtain finally fell when Mike Lloyd's business empire collapsed in 2000. It has since been converted into bars.

This newspaper cutting shows the owner and directors at the time of the Thetre's 1951 re-opening.

Back row, left to right: Mr. F. Peake, Jr., Mr. Ewart G. Peake, Mr. Charles G. Peake (Directors).

Front row: Mr. P.E. Hughes (Manager), Mr. Frederick Peake (Chairman), Mrs. Peake (Director), Mr. T.A. Grant (Director & Secretary)


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Priscilla Handforth

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Edwin Handforth
Edwin Handforth

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The Theatre Royal, Hanley after the fire
The Theatre Royal, Hanley after the fire

Hanley's Theatre Royal had a long and colourful history until its closure in 2000. ...

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