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Little did I think that when I came to the RST for the first time in June 1961 to see RICHARD III with  Christopher Plummer in the title role, I would be sitting in a new auditorium with my wife fifty years’ later on the occasion of the official opening of a new and transformed theatre, and that the ceremony would be performed by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip.

What a happy and glorious occasion indeed! The entire event was splendidly organized -thanks to all concerned and (without being in any way flippant ) it was fascinating in retrospect to think that as in the film SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, it is suggested that Queen Elizabeth I MIGHT have been present at the first performance of ROMEO AND JULIET, so our own Queen DID see Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale in the “Balcony Scene “.

They both performed splendidly and the whole essence of ensemble stood out as they were loudly cheered by their colleagues.

The special plaque unveiled by Her Majesty will be positioned at the base of the Theatre Tower as a reminder of this special day. As the Royal car departed along Waterside to loud cheering, it  was clear that our splendid new building is Royal indeed.

Tony Boyd-Williams

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