"I do research for the
Arthur Lloyd theatre history
website and am presently looking into the exact locations of old Edinburgh
In my search for old maps, etc., I came across
this old photo of the Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Square, Edinburgh. I knew
about the site being acquired for the new Post Office, and the theatre
closing for good, as a result, on 25 May 1859.
The Lessee had his 'Benefit Night' on 9 May
1859. However, the community and dignitaries wanted to give him a 'Send
Off NIght' and that occurred on 25 May 1859.
So it was also obvious that this photo would
have been taken prior to this date."
J L Toole
"But best of all I noticed the sign featuring
J L Toole out the front. I am also researching Mr J L Toole for a
person writing a book on him; Mr Michael Read from Cardiff."
26 June 1858
"With that in mind, I was able to accurately
date the photo to the period between 26 Jun and 8 Jul 1858. I would
lean toward the photographer having taken it on the Saturday 26 June when
the 1st nights performance of Lalla Rookh commenced.
J L Toole was an enormously popular Victorian
comedian and all his visits to towns & cities created hysteria, which also
meant crowded houses for the lessee on the nights Toole performed."
Brent Fernandez, Hamilton, New Zealand:
30 November + 3 December, 2015