Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres has officially renamed Her Majesty’s Theatre, the home of Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera, to His Majesty’s Theatre.
On Tuesday we reported that the signage of the building had changed to reflect the new His Majesty’s Theatre name, but today, 6 May 2023, the day of the coronation of King Charles III, is the official day the theatre’s name changes.
The theatre was originally renamed as Her Majesty’s Theatre way back in 1952 at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. The news of the renaming was confirmed in September 2022, following the death of The Queen, and the renaming timeline was announced on 13 April 2023.
LW Theatres released a statement in April that confirmed the change of name would happen, “to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III”, and that from Saturday 6 May 2023 the theatre will be His Majesty’s Theatre.
Changing the name of the theatre is in line with a historic precedent which began in 1705 when the Queen’s Theatre – which was the first theatre built on the current site of Her Majesty’s – was named by permission of Queen Anne.
The theatre has since been rebuilt three times, and has changed its name in line with each reigning British monarch, becoming The King’s Theatre in 1714 on the accession of George I.
The current theatre building was designed by Charles J. Phipps in 1897, and was named Her Majesty’s Theatre for Queen Victoria. It then became His Majesty’s Theatre on the ascension of Edward VII.
Book tickets to The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London
UPDATED: This article was originally posted on 6 May 2023. Updated on 15 May 2023 to add a video of the installing of the His Majesty’s signage outside the theatre
His Majesty's Theatre, London