Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street, Dublin

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Where: 2 Hawkins St, Dublin, Ireland

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For many years an iconic building in the heart of Dublin it was torn down much to the dismay of many Dubliners and theatre goers! The streetview of this won't be pretty!

I have always felt that I missed out on something important in never having attended the Theater Royal. Alas, it had been demolished a few years after I was born. I remember well my parents and grandparents speaking fondly of many excellent shows they had seen there.

I am convinced by the research, particularly from Niall McAuley that this photo was taken sometime between 1910 to July 1912 and I have updated the date range accordingly.

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1910 to July 1912

NLI Ref: Eas 1700

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:00:12

    OSI: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,716057,734357,11,9

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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:04:12

    This is apparently the second incarnation of the Theatre Royal. (That page has possibly more than anyone needs to know about the history of the three versions of the theatre...)

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    Owen J Fitzpatrick

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:05:58

    Super image post. Hawkins Street looks like a slum today. It's got to be one of the ugliest streets in Dublin by a long stretch.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:09:13

    Version 3 of the Royal was featured earlier: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6898594718]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:18:35

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Yes, a little bit of backlighting always helps !

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:19:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] See? I told you so! In fairness they are tearing the place up to put in a new tram system to connect two separate tram lines! That horrible glass monstrosity is the bane of most Dublin denizens and visitors!

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:33:21

    I am trying to figure out what is the figure on the bottom left of the building and what is it doing???? It looks like a large litter bin that is moving about but I suspect that it is a "Sandwich Board boy" moving along and advertising a show???

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:33:32

    There are a load of posters for what's on in the Theatre Royal Hippodrome and Winter Gardens from 1912-22 in the nli archive.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:35:04

    I was thinking it's odd that there are no posters visible, and then I saw the blurred sandwich man!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:38:42

    The tall building on the left in the distance is Mulligans, est 1782.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:42:15

    The clothes say nearer 1910 rather than 1930 to me - I'd say this is before 1920.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:48:27

    At [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]'s history page, I see an image published in 1935 of this (by then replaced) theatre with a big glass verandah added at the front. DIA does not know about it, though.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 08:58:59

    Here is another image (from the far side) with the canopy from comeheretome. Ciarán says the photo is estimated to be 1906-07, but that can't be right. Hmm, he dates it by guessing that the construction work in the back left is the construction of the Sheehan monument in 1905.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 09:13:47

    The canopy is not on the 1907 25" map, and the comeheretome pic has more cars than I would expect in 1905, so I think it must be later than this one.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 09:28:54

    Here is one on Pinterest which shows the canopy, and the writing on the facade is different - instead of Theatre Royal one side and Opera House the other, it now says Theatre Royal and Hippodrome on both sides. So when was the Hippodrome added? arthurlloyd just says "The Theatre was later renamed the Theatre Royal Hippodrome during its variety years."

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 09:40:30

    Aha! Looking at the nli archive, I see a poster from 1912 for the Theatre Royal, and the first one with Hippodrome in the title is from 1913. As arthurlloyd says, the 1912 show is a musical play in two acts, while the 1913 is pure variety, with 9 different acts. So, latest 1913. If the date range in the archive is to be believed, earliest is 1910.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 09:51:45

    This has gaslighting in the street - I think the work in the comeheretome image is installation of electric streetlights - they are digging trenches either side of the road, it's much more work than the Sheehan monumant would require.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Apr/2016 09:56:55

    Via Trove, All The World's a Stage ...

    Many are the witticisms that have been exchanged by the gallery boys In the Theatre-Royal, Dublin. On one occasion when the Italian Opera Company played "Faust" at this playhouse, the actor who took the part of Mephistopheles neglected to try the size of the trap-door by which he was supposed to descend to the lower regions. His figure, which he had not lost, but which had gone before, was too big for the opening, and at the supreme moment he discovered he could not get down above the waist. To heighten the awkwardness of the situation, and relieve the strained feelings of the audience, one of the gods in the gallery, in a rich Irish brogue exclaimed, "Begorra! Hell's full." ... ... It is related that at the opera in Dublin a gentleman sarcastically asked a man standing up in front of him if he was opaque. The other denied the allegation, and said he was O'Brien. etc
    From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/215730025 (1909)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 09:58:44

    Hmm, the DIA does have one entry of note - this version of the theatre opened in 1897, and then: Name: ASHWORTH, CHARLES HERBERT Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HAWKINS STREET, THEATRE ROYAL Date: 1907-1908 Nature: Plans for enlargement & new winter garden Refs: IB 49, 13 Jul 1907, 473; IB 50, 25 Jan, 4 Apr 1908, 53,210,213 It does not say when the plans were executed. The 1912 poster above does not mentions Hippodrome, but it does say Winter Garden Free

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Apr/2016 10:21:19

    A peek at the Irish Newspaper Archive suggests that they started advertising with the exact phrase from the Pinterest shot in July 1912: Theatre Royal Hippodrome and Winter gardens. the 1912 poster I linked above is from April 1912, so I think we are very close... 1910 to July 1912.

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    guliolopez

    • 08/Apr/2016 23:12:08

    Thankfully Hawkins House, the monstrosity and local whirlwind generator, is due to be replaced in the coming years. Hopefully with something a little more appropriate to the location. m.independent.ie/irish-news/news/health-hq-voted-as-citys...

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 09/Apr/2016 01:06:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] even earlier, the lady on the steps out front looks pre WW1. with the long petty coat and the large hat. Gentleman beside her has bowler hat, 1910ish?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Apr/2016 10:44:49

    From The Irish Times online They must have listened to our comments over the last few days.......Hawkins House to be knocked, but what about its ugly neighbours?