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Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square
E15 1BN
020 8534 0310
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Theatre Royal Stratford East History

Introduction to the History of the Theatre

The History of the Theatre Royal, Stratford East can be split into three broad periods:

Its beginnings: Actor-Manager Charles Dillon engaged Architect James George Buckle to design Stratford's first permanent playhouse, the Theatre Royal, in 1884 (1884-1953)

The arrival of Joan Littlewood and her Theatre Workshop Company. At her death in 2002, tributes poured in from actors, directors, critics, and theatre historians, all hailing the ground-breaking work of Joan Littlewood. To read about her work at Theatre Royal click (1953 – 1979)

The Theatre today is the period from when Philip Hedley took over as Artistic Director in 1979 (1979 – 2004) to be succeeded by the current Director Kerry Michael.


Theatre Royal Stratford East
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