Memories of Smethwick’s own Theatre Royal


The Theatre Royal, which was situated in Rolfe Street, Smethwick, opened on Monday September the 20th 1897.

This small book, complied by Miriam Nori, brings together memories of this beautiful theatre when it was at the height of its popularity. Articles from the “Smethwick Telephone” newspaper, along with deeply-moving eye-witness accounts of life in times gone by.


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Today the Theatre Royal is remembered for the fire in 1929 which took eleven lives. But it had also been a building of some social significance—a visible sign of Smethwick’s aspirations to be a town of some standing.


32 pages

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