Location 5: Angel Place
Location 5. Angel Place
Worcester’s theatre heritage
Performer: Lee Partridge and his fleas
Lee’s Fleas will entertain you and tell you about the old theatres of Worcester.
HH Fact: The first recorded flea circus dates back to the early 1820’s – they do not use real fleas!
Angel Place was Worcester’s entertainment district! At the corner of Angel Place & Angel Street was the Scala Theatre. Opened as a cinema in 1919, it was the first to have CinemaScope (wide screen cinema). It closed in 1973, and became known as Worcester Leisure Centre, before operating as Shipleys Amusement Arcade.
The Theatre Royal on Angel Street was Worcester’s grandest theatre when it opened in 1808. Badly damaged by fire in the 1870s, it was demolished and rebuilt in 1903. It survived another fire in 1912 and continued until its closure in 1955. It was demolished in 1957 to make way for a car showroom and more recently Co-op supermarket, it is now unused.
Theatre Royal bill showing performances in May 1851 . Courtesy of Worcestershire Archives.
About Lee Partridge
Lee is a West Midlands based performer who works with CircusMash, Birmingham’s circus school, providing community workshops & professional performances throughout the UK.
About Jodie Southall
Lee is joined by Jodie, a professional circus artist & performer focusing on aerial silks, stilts & character work. She comes from Birmingham where she came across CircusMash in 2012 & fell in love with the circus!
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