Her Majesty’s Theatre
Currently home to: The Phantom of the Opera
The present building was designed by Charles J. Phipps and was constructed in 1897 for actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who established the Royal Academy of Dramatic at the theatre. Since World War I, the wide stage has made the theatre suitable for large-scale musical productions, and the theatre has specialised in hosting musicals. The name of the theatre changes with the sex of the monarch. It first became the King’s Theatre in 1714 on the accession of George I. It was renamed Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1837. Most recently, the theatre was known as His Majesty’s Theatre from 1901 to 1952, and it became Her Majesty’s on the accession of Elizabeth II. Really Useful Theatres has owned the building since 2000 but the land beneath it is on a long-term lease from the Crown Estate.