The Theatre Royal as an institution has been operating for over 350 years, but the present building opened in 1812. Designed by Benjamin Wyatt, construction was funded by a committee of renters recruited by the brewer Samuel Whitbread. Since its inception, the venue has been host to a number of well-known shows, including My Fair Lady, The Producers and Monty Python.
The front of house areas remain much the same as they did 200 years ago and the Rotunda, Royal Staircases and Grand Saloon were refurbished to their original Regency style in 2013 as part of a major decoration project. Great British Lighting contributed to this restoration by modifying the theatre’s own period wall brackets and refinishing these in Viraggio brass with new custom glass chimneys. Specially created multi-arm chandeliers were also produced in the Viraggio brass finish with accompanying chimneys.