Royal Standard Theatre


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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Royal Standard Theatre
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: 203-204 High Street, Shoreditch. 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: Standard Theatre, National Standard 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

  • Events at Royal Standard Theatre

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 20 December 1847 - 20 December 1847 London, London (city-county) Hicks, T.
    Dramatic 24 March 1848 - 24 March 1848 London, London (city-county) Betty, Henry
    Minstrel Show 17 April 1848 - 22 April 1848 London, London (city-county) Lantum Serenaders
    Dramatic 24 April 1848 - 29 April 1848 London, London (city-county) Lantum Serenaders
    Dramatic 11 October 1848 - 13 October 1848 London, London (city-county) Foulah Slave Troupe (London-Standard, 48)
    Dramatic 30 October 1848 - 4 November 1848 London, London (city-county) De Bar, Squashee, Murphy, J., The American Jumbo
    Dramatic 6 November 1848 - 11 November 1848 London, London (city-county) Murphy, J., The American Jumbo, Squashee
    Dramatic 26 December 1848 - 30 December 1848 London, London (city-county) Numbo Jumbo
    Dramatic 30 April 1849 - 5 May 1849 London, London (city-county) Lantum Serenaders, Juba Dancer
    Dramatic 14 May 1849 - 19 May 1849 London, London (city-county) Juba Dancer
    Dramatic 16 May 1849 - 16 May 1849 London, London (city-county) Hicks, T.
    Dramatic 20 August 1849 - 20 August 1849 London, London (city-county) Oliver
    Dramatic 24 February 1851 - 1 March 1851 London, London (city-county) Honner
    Dramatic 17 March 1851 - 22 March 1851 London, London (city-county) Honner
    Dramatic 7 April 1851 - 7 April 1851 London, London (city-county) Othello Troupe (London-Standard, 51)
    Variety 14 April 1851 - 19 April 1851 London, London (city-county) Ethiopian Serenaders (1851)
    Dramatic 26 May 1851 - 31 May 1851 London, London (city-county) Black Caesar Troupe (London-Standard, 51)
    Dramatic 6 October 1851 - 11 October 1851 London, London (city-county) Nigger Nathan
    Dramatic 6 September 1852 - 11 September 1852 London, London (city-county) Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (London-Standard, 52)
    Dramatic 13 September 1852 - 18 September 1852 London, London (city-county) Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (London-Standard, 52)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (
    • Black’s New Guide to London and its Environs. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1863.

      “STANDARD THEATRE, Shoreditch, opposite the Eastern Counties Railway station. Melodramas and nautical pieces are principally performed here” (215).
    • Davis, Jim & Victor Emeljanow. Reflecting the Audience. London Theatregoing, 1840-1880. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2001.
    • Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (

      (Under Entertainment - Theatre & Shows - Theatres & Venues - Standard Theatre)

    • Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.

      pp.222-4 (under Shoreditch Olympia).

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

      ”NATIONAL STANDARD THEATRE, 204 Shoreditch High Street. Popular pieces” (39).
    • London as it is To-day. London: H.G. Clarke & Co., 1851.

      “GREAT NATIONAL STANDARD THEATRE, Shoreditch. A large and elegant theatre, capable of containing four thousand and three hundred persons, rebuilt in 1850, from designs by Mr. John Douglass, and opened October 19th, having many improvements in its interior arrangements, evidently suggested by a desire to do every thing that is possible, in order to afford both convenience to the audience, and accommodation for the somewhat ambitious nature of the performances. What the Adelphi Theatre, from its situation is to the Strand and the West End, this house is to Shoreditch and the East End; standing as it does in a leading thoroughfare, directly opposite the terminus of the Eastern Counties Railway, and in the midst of a dense neighbourhood, it is nightly filled to overflowing, and while the prices are such as to meet the wants of its patrons, the aim of the management would seem to be that of giving a superior style of entertainment, a course, which if resolutely persevered in, must ultimately raise this theatre in public estimation, and redound to the permanent advantage of the proprietor. Lessee Mr. John Douglass, formerly lessee of the Marylebone Theatre, who has collected around him an excellent working company amongst whom may be named the lessee himself, Mr. Lyon, Mr. W. Cowle, Mr. Joseph Rayner, and Mr. R. Honner; and Mrs. Cowle, Miss S. Leslie, and Mrs. R. Honner. Doors open at a quarter past six o clock; performances commence at a quarter before seven. Admission: private boxes, two shillings; dress circle, one shilling and sixpence; lower circle, one shilling; pit stalls, eightpence; pit, sixpence; gallery, fourpence; upper gallery, threepence” (221).
    • Senelick, Laurence et al. British Music-Hall 1840-1923. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1981.

      p.91 (under Shoreditch Olympia).

    • Timbs, John. Curiosities of London (1868). London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1868.

      “STANDARD THEATRE, Shoreditch, occupies the site of the former theatre, burnt Oct. 28, 1866, and is larger than any one in London, excepting the Italian Opera-house, Covent Garden. […]” (787)

      Also gives the theatre’s capacity (in 1866) as 2000 (789)