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Royal Theatre

The Royal Variety Theatre
In the 1930s when cinema was at its peak.
Rushden Echo, 1st January 1915

The Belgian Refugees were entertained by Mr Franklin at Saturday's matinee at the Royal Theatre.

Rushden Argus, 17th July 1914, transcribed by John Collins

Employees' Trip — The employees of the Royal Theatre had their annual outing on Sunday, when St Neots and Bedford were visited by motor charabanc. The party left Rushden at 10.30 am. An enjoyable afternoon, with boating and other amusements, was spent at St Neots, and after tea at the "Half Moon" they proceeded to Bedford, where they passed a pleasant evening.

Rushden Echo, 13th November 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis

ROYAL – For lovers of music the programme at the Theatre this week is very suitable. Little Emmie and Flo are very capable artistes. The Twelve Sunshine Girls have a variety of means of entertainment. Their singing, dancing, and drum playing fill up quite a long interval in a way that the audience much appreciates. Les Bon Bons in their musical act compel one’s admiration and cause great amusement with the way they “feed” on musical instruments. Their rendering of “Poet and peasant” as a xylophone duet is well worth hearing. The film “Opera singer’s triumph” showed some exciting earthquake scenes. The films for this halt include a drama by Kalem, “Express messenger,” and a Pathe war picture. The bill of fare for next week will be of pictures entirely. For the first half the star film will be “In the hands of London crooks.” That of the second half will be “Orders under seal.” The proceeds last Sunday, after defraying all expenses, totalled £13/10/0.

Rushden Echo, 27th September 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Theatre Changes Hands—The purchase of the Royal Theatre by the Rushden Cinema Co. Ltd., from Mr. A. Franklin, has now been completed, and the new proprietors took possession on Wednesday morning. Miss Gladys E. Clayton, who has managed the theatre for Mr. Franklin for several years past, will continue as manageress, and under her able and judicious control the theatre will lose none of its popularity.

Rushden Echo, 27th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

PresentationMiss G. Clayton, the manageress of the Theatre Royal, was presented by the staff of the Theatre with a splendid leather attaché case as a Christmas gift as a mark of their high appreciation of her thoughtfulness towards them during the whole time she has been in charge of the Theatre.

Rushden Echo, 7th November 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Life Guards Band at Rushden
Demobilised Sailors & Soldiers Federation – A Musical Treat

High-class concerts were given in the Theatre Royal on Sunday afternoon and evening in aid of the Rushden Branch of the Discharged and Demobilised Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Federation. The Committee were extremely fortunate in engaging the Band of H.M. 1st Life Guards, by the permission of Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. E. S. Wyndham, the conductor being Lieut. G. Miller, L.R.A.M. Madam Gleeson-White, prima donna, was so popular that the audiences, with much enthusiasm, demanded encore after encore. The Cecilia Quartette Party were also very highly appreciated, each of their items being encored. The Theatre at the evening performance was crowded.

During an interval, Mr. Fred Knight, J.P., Chairman of the Rushden Urban Council, and one of the vice-presidents of the Rushden Branch of the Federation, thanked the directors of the theatre for kindly placing the building at the disposal of the branch free of cost; to Miss G. Clayton (manageress) and the Staff for the ready assistance they had given; to the Band and Lieut. Miller, Madam Gleeson-White, and the Cecilia Quartette Party, for the musical treat they had given; and to all who had given financial support to the effort. He assured them that the branch was doing excellent work and such support as that would encourage them to do better. (Applause.) [a long list of the programme follows]

Rushden Echo, 8th July 1927, transcribed by Kay Collins

Staff OutingThe members of the Royal Theatre staff and wives went to Hunstanton on Sunday by charabancs supplied by Mr George Robinson. The party were favoured with fine summer weather the whole day. One the way back home stops were made at Wisbech and Peterborough.

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