Dramatic Institute


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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Dramatic Institute
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: Gough Street, Wilson Street, Gray's Inn Lane. For a current map, Click Here.

  • Alternate Names: Pym’s Theatre, The Subscription Theatre, Gough Street Theatre.

  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:

  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.

  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Dramatic Institute

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Grosvenor Dramatic 1

    Events at Dramatic Institute

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 15 February 1849 - 15 February 1849 London, London (city-county) Grosvenor

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Theatrical Times (London) January 15, 1848: 24.

      The following address & information appear at the beginning of an advertisement: "Dramatic Institution (Late Pym's) Gough Street, Wilson Street, Gray's Inn Lane"


    • viaLibri Website. 09/14/2008 (http://www.vialibri.net/item_pg/1265355.htm)

      Note about a "Collection of Ephemera" for sale: "LONDON. Pym’s Theatre, Gough Street, Gray’s Inn Road. A Collection of Ephemera.
      [c.1830-43] 10pp laid down on album leaf. A substantial collection of 49 handbills and playbills for the principal performing venue for Amateurs in North London, referred to as the Dramatic Institution, the Subscription Theatre or just the Theatre, c.1830-43. Pym and his wife are among the performers. There are typed copies of other bills and also of the Sale Catalogue of the Costumes, auctioned by Edmund Robins in 1847. The Theatre even gave benefit performances. Also included is a twopenny coloured print of Mr. Marston as Macduff, published by J. Redington. Henry Marston who later played with Phelps at Sadlers Wells presumably began his career as a semi-amateur here in the 1830s before his Drury Lane debut as Benedick in 1839."