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LYCEUM THEATRE

21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DA

A SHORT HISTORY OF LYCEUM THEATRE

Dating its origins back to 1765, The Lyceum has been through many changes in its lifetime, with its early days hosting a circus, Madame Tussaud's first waxworks exhibition and even a chapel before becoming The English National Opera before the old theatre curse of burning down hit it in 1834.

When it reopened it played a bit more opera, Charles Dickens adaptations and from 1871- 1902 was the home of the legendary partnership of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. After 1951 it was converted into the Mecca Ballroom before going dark in 1986 for ten years. Since 1999 it?s been home to the roaring success of The Lion King. No notable ghosts, but it was the home of theatre manager Henry Rich?s Sublime Society of Beef Steaks for 50 years from 1735. Its members never exceeding 24, they would gather at the theatre every Saturday night to eat beef steaks and drink port wine. Nice.

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