Name Index


The history of the drama in Barnstaple

Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 49, (1917) pp.376-388.


JSydney Harper

Prepared by Michael Steer

The history of theatre in Barnstaple can be traced back to about 1435, when minstrels, players, jugglers and buffoons were an established feature of Barnstaple's annual fair. Documents indicate that in 1605 a touring troupe, the King's Players visited, and it is believed that William Shakespeare was one of their members. John Gay, best known for the 'Beggar's Opera' was born in Barnstaple. Barnstaple's first theatre was built in Honey Pot Lane (now Theatre Lane) in 1760. By 1832, it had become 'ruinous' and was forced to close. A new theatre, 'The Grecian Hall', opened in 1834. Renamed 'The Theatre Royal' around 1860, it regularly staged popular musicals and musical comedies. By 1880 this too had closed. The 'Theatre Royal' re-opened in 1893 and the music hall, now the 'Albert Hall', in 1897. The two venues operated successfully until just prior to World War I, when the 'Theatre Royal' was demolished. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive

Acland family 423
Aldritch, Dean 420
Alfred, King 416
Athelstan, King 416
Barber family 423
Bath, Earl of 421
Beaumont 419
Beavis family 423
Beavis, Henry 424
Belton, Mr 427
Biggs, Miss Anne 422
Biggs, James Jnr 422
Biggs, Mr James 422-3
Biggs, Miss 422, 424
Biggs, Sarah 422-3
Brightwell, Mr Isaac 426
Burton, Elizabeth 422
Burton family 424
Chanter, Mr J R 417
Charles, Prince of Wales 421
Chichester family 423
Chichester, Lady 419
Chichester, Sir Robert 419
Clinton family 423
Davis, Mr 426-7
Dibden 427
Edney 424
Edwards, Mr John 427
Egerton, Mrs 424
Farren, Miss 424
Fletcher 419
Foote, J 422, 424
Foote, Marie 422
Fortescue, Lord 423
Fortescue, Sir Henry 418
Gay, Master John 419, 420, 424-5
Gilbert & Sullivan 428
Gould, Mr J 425
Gribble 421
Hamerton, Mrs 424
Hancock family 426
Hancock, Mr 426
Handel 419
Harper, Mr 423
Harrington, Earl of 422
Hill, Aaron 419
Hole, Captain 424
Holligan, Mr 425
Huxtable, Mr Christopher 427
Incledon, Charles 424-5
Incledon family 423, 424
Jonson, Ben 419
Jordan, Mrs 422
Kean, Mr Charles 421, 427
Kemble 424
Leander, Mr 427
Lee, Henry 423-6
Lethbridge family 423
Luck, Rev Robert 419-20
Lytton 427
Macready 422-3
Mary II 420
Mason, Colonel 426
Morgan, Dr 424
Neebe, Mr Frederick 427
Newcombe, Mr 427
Northumberland, Earl of 418
Osbourne 424, 426
Oxenham family 424
Palmer family 423
Phillips, Sir T Halliwell 418
Rayner, Mr William 419
Roberts, Charles Esq 425
Roberts family 424
Rock, Mr F W 428
Searle, Mr W 426
Shakespeare, William 418-9, 427
Siddons, Mrs Sarah 422
Stratford, Mr 423, 425
Summers, Mr 428
Vandenhoff family 424
William I 418
William III 420
Wooleni, Signor 426