Miss Kelly's Theatre


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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Miss Kelly's Theatre
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: 73 Dean Street, Soho. For a current map, Click Here. For historical maps showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right),Click Here, and Here.

  • Alternate Names: Royal Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Soho, New English Opera House, New Royalty.

  • 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 Miss Kelly's Theatre

    Events at Miss Kelly's Theatre

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 27 March 1846 - 27 March 1846 London, London (city-county) Othello Troupe (Miss Kelly's, 1846)
    Dramatic 19 June 1851 - 19 June 1851 London, London (city-county) Moreton, H.
    Dramatic 24 November 1851 - 24 November 1851 London, London (city-county) Lyttleton

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/)
    • Cunningham, P. Modern London; or, London as it is. London: John Murray, 1851.

      ”The SOHO THEATRE (late Miss KELLY'S) is in DEAN STREET, SOHO, and is let to private parties for amateur theatricals. The house will hold 700 people” (180).
    • Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.


    • London and its Environs. Leipsic: Karl Baedeker, 1885.

      ”ROYALTY THEATRE, 73 Dean Street, Soho. Burlesques, farce,s and opera bouffes” (39).
    • London as it is To-day. London: H.G. Clarke & Co., 1851.

      “NEW ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE, 73, Dean Street, Soho. Erected by Miss Kelley, an actress of great celebrity, as a school for dramatic tuition, under the expectation of being honoured with the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire, and other members of the aristocracy; but the speculation was unsuccessful, involving its projector in irretrievable difliculties; it is now open for the performance of original operatic productions, by English composers; Doors open at half-past six o’clock; performances commence at seven. Admission: boxes, two shillings and sixpence; pit, one shilling and sixpence; amphitheatre, one shilling. Second price at nine o clock: boxes, one shilling and sixpence; pit, one shilling” (220).
    • London Theatres Website (Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury). 05/22/2008 (http://library.kent.ac.uk/library/special/html/specoll/theindex.htm)
    • Theatres in Victorian London Website. 05/22/2008 (http://www.victorianweb.org/mt/theaters/pva234.html)
    • Timbs, John. Curiosities of London (1868). London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1868.

      “SOHO THEATRE, now the NEW ROYALTY, was built for Frances Kelly, in 1840, as a school for acting, in the rear of No. 73, Dean-street. It will hold 600 persons” (787).
    • Timbs, John. Curiosities of London (1855). London: David Bogue, 1855.


      The information provided within this source is much the same as that given within the 1868 edition of the book.