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One of the oldest theatres in the country, Brighton's Theatre Royal has a history that began over two hundreds years ago in 1806 when The Prince of Wales, George Augustus Frederick who later became Prince Regent and then King (George IV), approved the building of the theatre. It opened the following year on 27th June 1807. The opening performance for was Shakespeare's Hamlet.
For it's first fifty years the theatre struggled until it was bought and redeveloped by the actor Henry John Nye Chart in 1854. He hired the famous architect Charles James Phipps and soon the theatre became more financially successful and gained a respected reputation. When Henry died in 1876, his wife Ellen Elizabeth Nye Chart (also a thespian) took over and was one of the first female theatre managers. Ellen further built upon the success and reputation of the theatre.
In recent years the theater has hosted popular shows such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Rocky Horror Show and Spamalot in order to appeal to a wider audience. The theatre was bought by the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1999 who have developed the infrastructure of the theatre, as well as investing in new productions and creating alliances with arts organizations.