The Theatre Royal Haymarket is the third-oldest playhouse still in use and was opened in 1821 with a production of opened with a production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals. It was extensively rebuilt in 1821 with the addition of a proscenium and removal of pit.
The theatre has seen many theatrical innovations but it is most famous for staging the first scheduled matinee performance, a custom that is now a staple part of the West End.
The current chairman if the Theatre Royal Haymarket is Arnold M Crook and the theatre has become home to new writing and reimagings of classic texts. Notable recent productions include The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? starring Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo and Natalie Dormer in Venus In Fur.