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On Friday the 22nd November 1963 my wife and I were at an evening performance of 'Doctor in the House' at the Theatre Royal when the curtains abruptly closed and the Theatre Manager came on stage to announce that John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas. It's said that there are certain events in everyone's lives that they never forget and that is certainly true in this particular case. Ian Hunt (Alberta, Canada)

By Ian Hunt (18/05/2011)

My favourite theatrical story is of being at the pre London performances  of Harold Pinter's Homecoming when a woman in the same row as me got up and pushed past us all declaring she hadn't come to the theatre to hear language. As a working class lad from a secondary modern school the Theatre Royal was Valhalla.

By Ray Brouitt (23/11/2014)

From 1926 to 1928 my grandfather Lawrie Sargeant ran The Colonnade bar at The Theatre Royal. Apparently this is the only place in the country where there is a completely separate pub within the foyer of a theatre. The family arrived there just in time for the General Strike and lived above the premises. My father Carl (b1912) used to recall climbing onto a roof at the back from where you could see into the actresses dressing rooms! He also went across to the Corn Exchange to watch John Logie Baird give a demonstration of his new 'Televisor' machine. Many actors were skint in those days and grandfather would often advance them a bit of cash or purchase items from them. A few of these bits and pieces we still have. The Colonnade is still serving audiences today.

By Tim Sargeant (24/11/2014)

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