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The Royal Opera House opens

Posted in Anniversary, Architecture, Music, Theatre on Friday, 26 November 2010

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A view of Covent Garden with, inset, the original convent garden

7 December marks the anniversary of the opening of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, in 1732. Originally called the Theatre Royal, the original building was destroyed twice – in 1808 and 1857 – by fires. The theatre was rebuilt in 1858 and remains one of the major venues for performing arts in the world.

Our illustration asks “How did Covent Garden get its name?” The site was once the garden of the abbots of Westminster. A market was set up by charter in 1671 near the convent garden and rebuilt in 1829-30.

More pictures featuring the Royal Opera House can be found here. Many more illustrations relating to the history of theatre can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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