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Royal Victoria Hall Theatre Southborough, Tunbridge Wells

The Royal Victoria Hall in Southborough was the first theatre the director ever visited. As such it has a set the template in his mind of what theatres should feel like.

Of the several excellent theatres in and around the Tunrbidge Wells area, the director chose to use the Royal Vic in part because of its distinctive decor. Built at the end of the 19th Century, the theatre retains many of its original stylings. As an enduring fan of the works of Edward Hopper, the director felt the Royal Vic's rich red interior evoked the dark, mysterious atmosphere he wanted to capture for the character's encounter with a trickster.

The production would like to thank Brenda Wickens and her colleagues at Southborough Town Council for being so helpful with securing the location.

The following is a brief history of the building from the Royal Victoria Hall website:

"The Royal Victoria Hall was the first municipal theatre built in England under the Local Government Act 1894. It was erected to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and was opened in 1900. The original cost of the building was £5,000, towards which the late Sir David Salomons, a local landowner, contributed £3,000."

"In 1974 during Local Government reorganisation in England and Wales under the Local Government Act 1972 the ownership and management of the hall reverted to Southborough Town Council from the Southborough Urban District Council."