Theatre Royal Haymarket

1741 – Charles Macklin

Charles Macklin : the first drama school

The theatre reopened in 1741 with the arrival of celebrated classical actor, Charles Macklin. Already a star of Drury Lane, Macklin had a devilishly difficult reputation for being somewhat hotheaded, yet this unlikely figure provided the Hay Market with another groundbreaking ‘first’. Gathering a group of inspiring young actors, Macklin created what was very possibly the first drama school, with the inspired addition of an audience, present as his students trained on stage. Macklin managed to sustain this for some time, interrupted only by the regular Constabulary closures for taking money at the door.

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