Reading the Riot Act: the Second Covent Garden Theatre

Magistrates reading the riot act at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden

When: September 2009-August 2010
Where: Foyer Link

The second theatre on the Covent Garden site opened on 18 September 1809. This exhibition, drawn from the Prints and Drawings Collection in Royal Opera House Collections, celebrates the opening of the second theatre and key events during its history including the Old Prices riots when Magistrates were called in to read the riot act from the stage to an angry mob demonstrating about seat price increases.

Image © ROH Collections