Advert for the Theatre Royal, English Opera House
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The Theatre Royal English Opera House was opened on 31 December 1808 on the site of a previous opera house that had burnt to the ground. The new building cost £150,000, an enormous sum in the 19th century.
To try and make up the costs, ticket prices were dramatically increased, but audiences reacted negatively and there were ‘Old Prices’ demonstrations that degenerated into riots. Theatres such as this staged plays and operas, but were also used as venues for talks and lectures like this one.