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Olympic Theatre

Olympic Theatre

One of the lesser theatres of London at the time that this aquatint by Daniel Havell was published in 1826, and experiencing great vicissitudes in fortune in the first three decades of the nineteenth century, the Olympic, was founded by the showman, Philip Astley, and brought to some temporary notice by Robert Elliston, in the face of the monopolies of the theatres royal, was soon to become one of the most fashionable of venues under the leadership of the actor-manager, Madame Vestris. This view appeared in Edward Wedlake Brayley’s ‘Historical and descriptive accounts of the theatres of London’.