Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Theatre - Theatres and Venues - Folly Theatre

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Folly Theatre, King William-street, Strand.—A little bandbox of a place, very prettily fitted up, and with a decided specialty for burlesque and opera bouffe. NEAREST Railway Station, Charing-cross (Dist. and S.E.); Omnibus Routes, Strand and St. Martin’s-lane.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879


rules posted on stage door by Mr. Toole in 1882


Opened as the Lowther Rooms in 1840, used for lectures &c. Then as the Woodin's Polygraphic Hall in 1855. Converted into a theatre, opening as Royal Charing Cross Theatre in 1869 then Charing Cross Theatre in 1872. Advertised as Theatre Royal, Charing Cross, in 1874-5, then, after some rebuilding, opened as the Folly Theatre in 1876. Further rebuilding and opened as Toole's Theatre in 1882, and closed in 1895.. [see Lost Theatres of London by Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson for more information]