Princess Theatre

Repost this day 2019 (and Harry Potter is still going):

So much #gilding – the refreshed #PrincessTheatre looks marvellous. Just realised that the great little copper #dragon light fittings on the canopy arnt some restored detail, but added as a hint to the #HarryPotter stuff going on inside – doh ! Built 1886, #WilliamPittArchitect, refurb by @LovellChen.

The ground floor lobby of the #PrincessTheatre isn’t original 1886, it was created in 1922, when the auditorium was also rebuilt, all designed by #HenryEliWhite, the premier theatre specialist of the 1915-1930 period in Australasia. Before this, there were shops and separate entrances for the different classes, the plebs didn’t get a foyer. It’s in the Adam style, ie Pompeii revival, complete with plaster panels of classical figures. The floor is a bit wonky. And the #marble on the stairs (which are 1886) is painted on, very theatrical !

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