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1600's
  • 1611

    The earliest recorded public entertainment in cheltenham. Guy dobbins marched through town to banging a drum to announce a show at the crown tavern

1700's
  • 1773

    Cheltenham is established on the itinerant theatre circuit. First theatre (a converted malt house) in coffee house lane (now pittville street) is sold to john boles watson

  • 1782

    Watson establishes cheltenham’s first purpose-built theatre in york passage (now grosvenor terrace)

  • 1788

    King george iii visits watson’s theatre

    Everyman Timeline 1700's
1800's
  • 1805

    Watson opens a new theatre royal in cambray meadows, site of the current bath street

    Everyman Timeline 1800's
  • 1816

    Assembly rooms open

  • 1839

    Theatre royal burns down

  • 1850

    Old well music hall opens. Closes after the site was acquired by the ladies’ college in 1887

  • 1854

    Frank matcham born in newton abbott, devon

    Everyman Timeline 1800's
  • 1890

    Cheltenham is without a theatre. The cheltenham new theatre and opera house company consortium headed by a group of influential businessmen employ frank matcham to design and build a theatre

  • 1891

    New theatre and opera house opens on thursday, 1st of october. Lillie langtry stars in the opening production entitled lady clancarty, or wedded and wooed

    Everyman Timeline 1800's
1900's
  • 1900 - 1918

    In the early years the opera house flourishes, presenting regular touring productions and pantomimes at christmas. Other theatres are established in cheltenham including the pavilion in montpelier gardens and the hippodrome. The first moving pictures were shown in the winter gardens

    Everyman Timeline 1900's
  • 1913

    The first refurbishment of the opera house takes place. The auditorium is repainted and re-upholstered, and carpets are replaced

    Everyman Timeline 1900's
  • 1915

    The opera house undergoes the first change of management and the theatre is leased to mr. Robert redford. Redford appoints his brother h. Oswald redford to run the theatre

  • 1920

    Frank matcham dies of blood poisoning

  • 1925

    The opera house is sold and mr. Wilfred simpson is appointed manager. He held the position until 1955

  • 1927

    The opera house establishes a partnership with the theatre royal bath who stage a pantomime in cheltenham

  • 1929

    The building is sold to cinema house ltd. Who intended on turning the opera house into a cinema

    Everyman Timeline 1900's
  • 1934

    The cheltenham theatre & opera house company buy back the building and reinstate it as a full-time theatre with wilfred simpson as managing director

  • 1939

    Wilfred simpson produces his first pantomime at the opera house

  • 1941

    During the war jack edge presents a new revue entitled see you in the shelter billed as “the funniest and most topical comedy revue touring.”

  • 1946 - 1959

    By now the theatre is presenting more prestigious productions, such as the bristol old vic’s king lear starring kenneth connor

  • 1948

    Richard burton appears in dark summer

  • 1949

    A young roger moore appears in r.C. Sherriff’s miss mable

  • 1955

    The theatre closes, but receives a temporary reprieve when it is purchased by the cheltenham corporation

  • 1957

    The council leases the theatre to a company headed by frank g. Maddox

    Everyman Timeline 1900's
  • 1959

    The opera house closes

  • 1959

    In response to the closure the cheltenham theatre association is formed by david phillips and margaret davies

  • 1959

    On june 18th the association presents itself to the mayor and launches an appeal to raise an initial £3000 to save the theatre

  • 1959

    A public meeting is held on 28th october to introduce the new board of directors and announce their aim to re-open the theatre

    Everyman Timeline 1900's
  • 1959

    The opera house opens its doors for the very last time on the 6th of december for a gala fund-raising performance meet your friends. The theatre was then refurbished and modernised

  • 1960

    The everyman theatre opens with a new repertory company. The first season opens with a production of n.C. Hunter’s a piece of silver. A young steven berkoff appears in several plays that summer

  • 1961

    Ian mullin’s first production at the everyman, meet me by moonlight, opens on november 7th

    Everyman Timeline 1900's
  • 1967

    Penelope keith joins the everyman rep company. Her first performance was in noel coward’s blithe spirit

  • 1971

    Malculm farquhar becomes the new artistic director

  • 1982

    The theatre closes for two years and undergoes a redevelopment in conjunction with the building of the regent arcade

  • 1986

    The everyman theatre re-opens in with a new studio theatre at the end of february.

    Everyman Timeline 1900's
  • 1986

    The main house opens with a gala performance of my fair lady starring jacqueline dankworth (daughter of cleo laine and john dankworth). The performance was attended by princess anne and her husband, captain mark phillips

  • 1995

    The everyman makes the transition from the rep company to a receiving house

2000's
  • 2011

    The current restoration of the everyman theatre begins on may 1st

    Everyman Timeline 2000's
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