A Theatre for All Seasons: The History of the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

A Theatre for All Seasons: The History of the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

The Opera House in Cheltenham’s Regent Street opened in October 1891 with a performance of Lady Clancarty starring Lillie Langtry. 

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The Opera House in Cheltenham’s Regent Street opened in October 1891 with a performance of Lady Clancarty starring Lillie Langtry. The theatre was designed by one of the greatest theatre architects of all times, Frank Matcham, who designed nearly 200 theatres in Great Britain. Over the next seventy years The Opera House was to play host to some of the greatest names in British theatre and variety. 

Surviving imminent closure in 1959 it rose from the ashes as the renamed Everyman Theatre in 1960. The new repertory company nurtured such talents as Steven Berkoff, Josephine Tewson, William Gaunt and Penelope Keith. The theatre reverted to being a touring venue in 1995 and has presented some of the best pre and post West End plays and musicals ever since. 

A Theatre For All Seasons tells the story of the good times and bad, of the financial problems, the ghosts and personalities of a typical British provincial theatre. 

About the Author

Michael Hasted first worked back-stage at the Everyman in 1961 while still at school. He left home aged 16 and, being too young to take up the place he had been offered at the Bristol Old Vic Drama School, worked in rep theatres around the country for several years before becoming involved in the visual arts. From 1985 he lived in France and from 1996 ran The English Bookshop in the village of Montolieu near Carcassone. Returning to England in 2003, he again became involved with the Everyman. In addition to this book, he wrote and directed the revue Final Daze which was the last show in the theatre before it closed for restoration in May 2011. 

  • Size 240 x 200mm
  • Format Hardback
  • Pages 192
  • ISBN 9781906600617
  • Author Michael Hasted
  • Illustrations Colour and Mono

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