Dress Circle. On the occasion of popular performances tickets for
these places are often not to be had at the door on entering, but
must be secured previously- at the Box-Office of the Theatre, when
an extra fee of Is. for booking one or more seats is charged. The
office always contains a plan of the theatre, showing the positions
of the seats. Tickets for the opera and for most of the theatres may
also be obtained at Mitchell's, 33 Old Bond Street; Lacon ft Oilier,
168 New Bond Street; Keith, Prowse, ft Co., 48 Cheapside ; Austin's
Ticket Office, St. James's Hall, Piccadilly, and elsewhere, at charges
somewhat higher as a rule than at the theatres themselves, but oc¬
casionally lower. Single box seats can generally be obtained at the
door as well as at the box-office, except when, as at Covent Garden
Opera, the boxes are all private property, or are let for the whole
Those who have not taken their tickets in advance should be
at the door half-an-hour before the beginning of the performance,
with, if possible, the exact price of their ticket in readiness.
(This is scarcely ever necessary in regard to the dearest seats.)
The ticket office is usually opened half-an-hour before the com¬
mencement of the performance.
The chief London theatres are the following, but many of them
are closed in August and September.
Her Majesty's Theatre , or Opera House , corner of Hay-
market and Pall .Mall. This theatre, originally erected by Van-
brugh in 1705, was burned down in 1789, rebuilt by Novosielski
the following year, and extended by Nash and Repton in 1816-18.
The interior was again destroyed by fire in December 1867, but
since then the theatre has been entirely restored (not yet re-opened).
[A new National Opera House has been in process of con¬
struction on the Thames Embankment, near AVestminster Bridge,
since 1875. If completed it would be the largest opera-house in
the world, with the exception of that of San Carlo at Naples ; but
the operations have been wholly suspended for some time from
want of funds.]
Royal Italian Opera, or Covent Garden Theatre, on the
AV. side of Bow Street, Long Acre, the third theatre on the same
site, was built in 1858 by Barry. It accommodates an audience of
3500 persons, being nearly as large as the Scala at Milan, and is pre¬
ceded by a handsome Corinthian colonnade. AVith the exception of
the pantomime from Christmas to Easter, the only theatrical
representations are Italian operas. During the 'Dead Season' the
building is utilised for promenade concerts. Evening costume is de
rigueur, except in the gallery. Boxes from 11. 2s. to 6/. Gs.,
orchestra stalls 21s., pit stalls 10s. 6d., amphitheatre stalls 10s. 6d.
and 5s., amphitheatre 2s. Gd. Doors open at 8, performance com¬
mences at 8. 30 p.m. In winter, stalls 7s., dress circle 5s., am¬
phitheatre stalls 3s. and 2s., pit 2s. Gd., gallery Is. Doors open
at 7.30, performance commences at 8 p. m.