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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

The Royal Coburg Theatre

This was another theatre which used one of Taylor, and Martineau’s Oil Gas plants. This was set it up, safely, under the stage in what is now the Old Vic Theatre in the Waterloo Road.

The Coburg Theatre was built soon after the original Waterloo Bridge in 1811 and opened in 1817. In the 1820s, a manager of the theatre was a son of the radical, William Godwin. The theatre then staged a performance of ‘Dr.Frankenstein,’ by Mary Shelley, Godwin’s daughter. In 1825, Ira Waldridge, a black American actor made a notable stage debut at the theatre.

Henry Hornblower, the Theatre’s Treasurer, gave evidence to the Oil Gas Enquiry on the effectiveness of the operation.

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