Gaiety Theatre and the Victorian Theatre Trap

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When you look at an island so small as the Isle of Man in comparison with other places we have a wealth of history and heritage as well as buildings some simple and some iconic.   I know how privileged we are to have one of these iconic buildings, designed by Frank Matcham  who was an English theatrical architect and designer. He was known for his designs of many British theatres including those of the Moss Empires group and in London the Hackney Empire (1901); the London Coliseum (1904); the London Palladium(1910) and the Victoria Palace (1911).

The Gaiety Theatre is the jewel in the Manx Heritage crown. Steeped in history and tradition, the Gaiety is one of the finest remaining examples of work from the legendary theatre architect, Frank Matcham. First opened in 1900, the Gaiety Theatre has undergone extensive restoration for 30 years to return it to its current magnificent condition. It is a stunning setting to enjoy a year round calendar of plays, musicals, concerts and comedy shows.

An interesting part of this theatre is the Victorian Trap ….

 

By | 2017-09-07T14:26:17+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Douglas Isle of Man, guided tour, Isle of Man|

About the Author:

Jane Hodson lives on the Isle of Man and is a registered tour guide with the Guild of Manx Registered Tour Guides. She arranges tours all over the island for small to large tours, and is a fully insured driver guide.

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