Theatre interior

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Victorian illustration to download showing the interior of an ornately decorated Victorian theatre, circular in form, with boxes, circles and gallery. This is the Queen’s Theatre, Long Acre, London, one of the largest and best equipped theatres of the day, which opened in 1867. It was designed by C J Phipps (1835-97), a leading theatre architect, and run by the actor-manager Alfred Wigan (1814-78). Here he put on comedies, historical dramas, Shakespeare revivals, and an over-ambitious production of ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ where the spectacular special effects, including the eruption of Vesuvius, failed to work. The theatre closed in 1878.