Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:50

Kibworth Theatre

Kibworth Theatre
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Kibworth theatre bill

The Kibworth Theater is believed to have been situated on the turnpike road in Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt in the 18th and 19th centuries.  The exact location has not been confirmed but is believed to have been to the rear of 25 Main Street. 

This location would have been convenient to entertain passengers taking a rest break when journeying through the village on the many coaches travelling along the turnpike route.  Indeed travelling theatre players would also have also used the coaches and taken advantage of the theater to perform plays.  In addition local residents particularly from the Dissenting Academy and the Grammar School in Kibworth Beauchamp may well have been patrons of the theater.  Attendance was not cheap, the poster for the plays ‘RICHARD 111 Or, The Battle of Bofworth Field’ and ‘The Agreeable Surfrise’ performed on October 1st 1790 showed prices at 2s for the Pit and 1s for the Gallery.  Possible these prices would have been unaffordable many local residents.

Although a poster is not available on the theater bill for the evening of 28th October 1802 was the comedy play School for Scandal’ a 1781 comic opera to music by Samuel Arnold and a libretto by John O'Keeffe.












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