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Shakespeare Memorial Theatre CC72_01229

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Filename: cc72_01229.jpg

Size: 4892 x 3880 (8.8MB)

Date: 27th November 2015

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Shakespeare Memorial Theatre CC72_01229

Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. The exterior of the theatre, built in 1874-79 in red brick and stone with an overhanging timber gallery, with the River Avon in the foreground. This theatre burnt down in 1926 and was replaced by a plain brick building in 1932. Photographed in 1879 by Henry Taunt

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> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Henry Taunt Collection (1860-1922)

> Historic Images > The Victorian Age > The 1870s

> Historic Images > The Victorian Age > The 1890s

> Towns and Cities > Stratford-upon-Avon


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This photograph captures the grandeur of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Built between 1874 and 1879, this architectural masterpiece stands tall with its red brick and stone fa├žade adorned with an elegant overhanging timber gallery. The theatre's picturesque location is enhanced by the tranquil River Avon flowing gracefully in the foreground. Henry Taunt skillfully captured this moment in time back in 1879, showcasing not only the impressive construction but also providing a glimpse into Victorian-era England. The image exudes a sense of history and nostalgia as it transports us to a bygone era when Shakespearean plays were performed on these hallowed grounds. Tragically, this magnificent theatre met its untimely demise when it succumbed to flames in 1926. However, from its ashes rose a new chapter for theatrical enthusiasts as it was replaced by a more modest plain brick building in 1932. Taunt's photograph serves as both a testament to the craftsmanship of yesteryears and an ode to one of literature's greatest playwrights. It invites us to reflect upon the rich cultural heritage that continues to shape our artistic landscape today. As we gaze at this remarkable print, we are reminded of how architecture can transcend time, leaving behind imprints of human creativity for generations to come.

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