North London Athenaeum


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Venue Type & Location


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


  • Address: Liverpool Street, King's Cross (West side, just South of the current Euston Rd). For a current map, Click Here.

  • Alternate Names: Royal Theatre, Royal Clarence Theatre, New Lyceum, The Regent, The Argyll, The Cabinet, Royal Panormonium, Royal King's Cross, The Century.

  • 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 North London Athenaeum

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Jones Dramatic 1

    Events at North London Athenaeum

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 23 March 1849 - 23 March 1849 London, London (city-county) Jones

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Evanion Collection, British Library Evan.1855

      A playbill for an event at the North London Atheaeum, which describes the venue as the “Late Royal Clarence Theatre”. It also gives the address as “Liverpool Street, King's Cross”.
    • Godfrey, Walter H. & W. McB. Marcham (eds.). Survey of London. Vol 24 (1952). Reproduced at British History Online.. 09/14/2008 (

      ”On the western side of the street [the former Liverpool street] near its northern end was the Royal Theatre, and south of it, with one house intervening, is a Wesleyan Chapel. They are shown on Perry's plan of the street in 1832 (ref. 99) and both appear in a water-colour in the Council's Collection (Plate 78b). The theatre had a front rendered in stucco with pilasters and niches above. It has been altered somewhat in its design and is now converted into a restaurant. The Royal Theatre, called the Royal Clarence Theatre during the reign of William IV, was built as part of the Panharmonium project (see p. 103) and was first used by Signor Gesualdo Lanza for his pupils. It was opened as a public theatre by John Baldwin Buckstone and Mrs. Fitzwilliam in May, 1832. In 1838 it was known as the New Lyceum and subsequently as the Regent, the Argyll and the Cabinet. John L. Toole acted here and also Edmund Kean. It was still in existence in 1867, in which year G. M. Polini, the father of Marie Polini (who married Owen Nares) made his debut there.”
      (Ch 15 – ‘Battle Bridge Estate’)
    • Theatres Trust Website. 03/06/2008 (

      “Liverpool Street, King's Cross” […]

      Address - Birkenhead Street, Camden, London, WC1, England

      The Survey of London Vol XXIV states that a stuccoed façe on the west side of Birkenhead Street, just south of Euston Road, is that of the former Royal Clarence Theatre, active from c.1830 to 1879. The present façe has clearly been much altered, but is certainly that of the theatre. The internal structure, however, shows no trace of its theatrical origin.

      Other names - Royal Panormonium, Royal King's Cross, Royal Clarence, New Lyceum, Regent, Cabinet, Century”