British, Silver Theatre Pass, c.1800
Great Britain, London, Drury Lane, Theatre Royal, Silver Theatre Ticket or Pass, undated (probably used around 1800), obverse: “P. BOX.” and puched number “16” at centre “THEATRE” above and “ROYAL” below, raised border around all, reverse: incuse image of the obverse, edge plain, diam. 43mm.
The first theatre was destroyed by fire in 1672. Thomas Killigrew built a larger theatre in the same spot, designed by Sir Christopher Wren which opened in 1674. This building lasted nearly 120 years, under leadership including Colley Cibber, David Garrick and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The great Ulster Shakespearian actor Charles Macklin performed in this building. In 1791 the building was demolished to make way for a larger theatre which opened in 1794 (British Museum, “Catalogue of the Montague Guest Collection of Badges Tokens and Passes”, 437A).
Good very fine, scarce.