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Reading Theatre


The first theatre to be built in Reading was completed in Friar Street in 1788 by the actor manager Henry Thornton. This was demolished and a new theatre built in the same site in 1895, the rebuilt theatre having been designed by Frank Matcham a leading theatre architect. The building was destroyed by fire in 1937.


A second Theatre, the Palace, was opened in Cheapside in 1907. This was designed by WGR Sprague but was demolished in 1961.



 

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