Tears were shed on the evening of 30 June 1962 when the final curtain came down on the expansive stage of Dublin’s famous Theatre Royal, the largest entertainment venue in Ireland and Britain, with its capacity of almost 4,000. It was the end of an era for generations of fans who enjoyed evenings at the Hawkins Street cine-variety venue, where one could watch a film, have a meal and enjoy a big stage show. There has been nothing to match it since.
Stars who appeared there read like a who’s who of show business. Besides legendary Irish entertainers including Jimmy O’Dea, Noel Purcell, Jack Cruise, Cecil Sheridan, Danny Cummins, Frankie Blowers and many more, the Royal played host to the likes of Bob Hope, Gracie Fields, Joan Hammond, Maurice Chevalier, Judy Garland, James Cagney, Margot Fonteyn, Danny Kaye, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Rubinstein, Bill Haley, Frankie Vaughan, Paul Robeson, George Formby, Anna Neagle, the Three Stooges, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Nat King Cole, Allan Jones and Count John McCormack to mention a few. It was said in the entertainment world that if you hadn’t appeared at the Royal, you hadn’t really made it internationally.
Showtime at the Royal covers the complete history of Ireland’s most famous showplace dating back to the seventeenth century and its special place in the social history of the city. There are interviews, anecdotes and reports, and many unique photographs seen for the first time in public.
“Thomas Myler … has thrillingly recaptured the Royal’s spirit … restoring to our memories that great landmark by the Liffey.” – Mary Kenny
About the Author
Thomas Myler is a well-known writer, historian, journalist and author of six previous books. He was show business and TV editor of the Evening Herald for many years and has written for newspapers and magazines at home and abroad, including the Hollywood Reporter. He writes regularly for Ireland’s Own and lives in Dublin.
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Author Myler, Thomas Editor No Print Format Paperback ISBN-10 No ISBN-13 978-1-908308-91-7 Illustrations 85 B&W photos Date of Publication October 4, 2016 Number of Pages 288